Simon - Manager, London Bridge
Currently Manager of Oddbins Flagship branch, London Bridge, Simon is a Wine Industry lifer. In addition to a serious penchant for Old School Burgundy (winner, no less, of the prestigious WSET Diploma Burgundy Sholarship) Simon is a huge fan of Loire wines but, to keep things interesting, also has a full working microbrewery in his London flat. He has travelled extensively in the wine world - notably including vineyard scoping on horseback in Mendoza - and as a talented artist and filmmaker has worked in television, film and set design. He is a holder of the WSET diploma qualification.
All time greats
Tough one - Toss-up between 1985 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres Michelot or 2005 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah
Old school red Burgundy - elegant, subtle (and smells a bit like something they won't let me say on the website.)
'Icon Wines'. Over-priced, over-extracted and over-here. Dull wine for dull people.
A wine that's currently enjoying a renaissance. Bone-dry with refreshing acidity this is the perfect choice to go with seafood. Imagine yourself sitting facing the ocean, by the mouth of the Loire, dining on fine Oysters freshly served straight from the sea bed. Now wash it all down with a chilled glass of Muscadet, Bracing isn't it. I've done it, now it's your turn.
Yum, yum, yum I've got Rum in my tum! This is one of the world's greatest spirits - a Guayanan rum that gets its colour from ageing in ex-bourbon casks and not from the addition of caramel. It is incredibly complex with flavours of coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses, honey, burnt sugar and stewed fruit. Treat this like a single-malt and you shall be rewarded.