Eames has been wine buyer for Peach Pubs since it first opened the doors at the Rose & Crown in Warwick in 2002. Eight years later, Peach has 13 pubs, mainly in market towns across the Midlands and South East, and has won many awards, including Caterer & Hotelkeeper’s Best Places to Work in Hospitality for the last two years. Jo co-owns Peach with partners Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddart. When not wine-tasting or project-managing the development of new sites, she writes. Her novel, The Faithless Wife, will be published in June 2010.
I keep reading that this is the moment when English wine finally takes off. The supermarkets are reporting sales increases over the Jubilee of anything between 90% and 300%. There’s definitely real interest, and a growing popular hope that “English wine sparkling” – yes, that episode of The Apprentice helped too – may be another stick we can beat the French with in years to come. » More
You walk into the pub, tired at the end of a long day, ask the barman for a pint of your favourite and drink it. You feel better. No user name. No password. No toggle. No swipe. No grape variety to mispronounce. No worry over the wrong vintage. No bloody dribble in the bottom of the glass first to pass judgment on. » More
In my carpet-bag of a career, when I’m not buying wine or writing I can be found staring at a dilapidated pub building, wondering how to bring it back to life. And “life” is the word I want, because pubs are not (or shouldn’t be) just buildings. They are first and foremost characters. » More
Having spent spent barely ten years educating myself in a certain corner of the wine trade (that is, the wines that suit gastropubs) it was first a shock, and then deliciously amusing to find that maybe, just maybe, that’s an area I now know a bit more about than one of the grand old men. » More
Sitting over lunch at the Massaya winery restaurant at Tanail, in the Bekaa Valley, winemaker Ramzi Ghosn swirled the stunning 2005 Silver Selection in his glass and asked us: “What has been your strongest impression of Lebanon?” » More
Will I be denounced in Pseud’s Corner if I say that, just occasionally, it’s possible to taste a wine that, just for a moment, seems to resonate with your soul? Probably. But what the hell? On Tuesday morning, I had a moment. It was in Serralunga d’Alba in the tasting room at Massolino... » More