This morning a column I wrote for Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages was introduced as having a 'jaundiced' view. Yellow babies and disease? Don't look into the eyes! No, it's none of these. It's more to do with my idea that wine labels should be regulated a lot tighter than they are right now and that I haven't lost that 'angry young man' voice from my writing! I have the same views in relation to the advertising of cosmetics on television. You know the kind, "I believe in the science ....." The 'science' tends to be a survey conducted with 80 women, in some obscure part of the world where freebies accompany the survey, and ridiculous graphics, graphs and statistics are then scrolled past our eyes to make us believe our skin will puff back out like a smooth babies bum all over again. Yeah, that kind. Try advertising wine like that!
Proud? Absolutely. I can't think of a finer wine writing site than Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages. It just keeps on churning out good stuff day after day.
Wine labels are fast becoming vehicles for messages on topics that have very little to do with the wine inside their bottles. I don't like that. In addition, terms such as 'reserva' have become meaningless and confusing. Am I wrong in thinking that if some terms on a wine label are regulated by law then so should all of the others that appear beside them! No, I am not.
That's what the column was about. I loved writing it and I really owe a great deal of thanks to the team at Purple Pages for publishing it.
As for my photo? It was taken by Ireland's leading food photographer Harry Weir. Harry was doing a shoot for http://www.greatfood.ie/ and he snapped a few of me in his studio at the time. That might explain why there's a rather odd looking background to the photo - but aren't the colours just super! Thanks Harry.