How do you regulate your drinking?

As a business selling wine, this might not seem like the normal thing to talk about, but it’s actually something quite important.

We’ve all seen the warnings about drinking in moderation, but that’s an instruction, do we need to go deeper?

Now more than ever I see drinking as part of the entertainment, with friends or family. It isn’t always the kinds of wine we sell – it could be beers or spirits etc – but it’s always a loose part of the fun. No one seems to get really drunk and it doesn’t get out of hand.

Yeah in the summer the frequency increases a little because of the weather, the BBQs etc, but mostly it’s fairly relaxed.

But I wonder where that blurs. Not where it becomes a problem, before that, when drinking becomes the entertainment.

I don’t want to rant or lecture in this post, or cast and aspersions, just ask the question in a responsible way.

Commentary on: ARMADOR

This is an interesting one.

An organic Carmenère from Chile which has, in my opinion, 2 huge cannons that fire almost simultaneously.

It’s very fruity up front (with plenty of depth too) but with a huge taste of liquorice which was a little overwhelming for my taste. My friend, who loves liquorice really quite liked the wine – so there’s that subjectivity again…

It’s well made, packed full of ripe dark fruit and is complex in the other flavours that are packed in.

The 2016 (pictures) was 86% Carmenère and 14% Malbec

The maker

This one is quite close to home for me given my own maritime roots.

Dan Odfjell, a member of the Odfjell ship owning family from Norway started the vineyard where they believe strongly in sustainability.

Their website states “In the bygone days of sailing ships, wine was the drink of choice on long voyages. Today Dan Odfjell, a norwegian shipowner, perpetuates his legacy by making wines to sail from Chile across the seven seas”

Our opinion

Sadly, not one of my favourite wines. I enjoyed the punchy flavours and the complexity of some of the underlying elements and really appreciated the story, brand and craftsmanship behind this wine, but because I’m not a liquorice fan it really put me off so I wouldn’t drink it again. That does not detract from how well made and fantastic this wine is, but if you don’t like liquorice then it might not be for you.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

commentary on: THE SUPERNATURAL SAUVIGNON BLANC

This one had my attention immediately, but not because of the cool label.

What you can’t see in the image, because I binned it, is the bottle cap that this bottle has, instead of a cork. I thought that was seriously cool.

On to the label. I don’t subscribe to the “plain label = quality wine”. It really doesn’t matter as far as I’m concerned. And if anyone asks for proof, look no further than this wine.

Here’s a quick video showing off the whole bottle

It’s unfined and has minimal sulphur addition.

This takes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to another level.

The maker

These guys have one of the best websites around, so rather than reading it here, go to their site

Our opinion

Fruity, smoky, and easy to drink. It’s everything you expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but at another level. It’s a must try.

It’s been a while since I had some, but I remember it having a little tartness and astringency as well as a light complexity.

Steve’s scale

Would be hard to see this slipping out of my top 10 whites ever.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

commentary on: ANIGIOLINO MAULE – ROSSO MASIERI

Now, I’ve seen some pictures of this floating around on social media in the last week or two, so I decided I’d talk about this amazing red at the next opportunity.

This was the first red on my organic/natural wine journey way back in the heat wave of 2018 and it’s everything that I talk about all rolled into one.

Firstly I was nervous, as it’s a mix of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s made as a natural, organic and biodynamic wine and just classes as low sulphite.

It is easily the best red I’ve tasted so far. So fruity with a medium body and mega fresh.

The maker

The site was born at the end of the 80s with a focus on minimal intervention. In fact, the philosophy of Angiolino Maule is on their website for all to see.

Our opinion

Fresh, fruity, easy to drink. Could easily be a summer wine as much as it could be a winter one on a cold night. I could imagine it going well with any social situation, any meal, any time of day. It really is fantastic and so authentic.

Steve’s scale

Best red I’ve had. No question.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

commentary on: DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE

What can I say about this one? This literally changed all of my beliefs.

First up, I’ve never been able to drink white wine – it used to give me the worst acid. Since I’ve started drinking lower intervention wines, especially those with even lower sulphites, I’ve been able to.

I’ve also never been a fan of Chardonnay. Actually, I’d actively avoid it at all costs.

My little French friend here however, overturned both of those things for me. I ordered 4 further bottles of this after my first try and shared it with everyone I know.

The maker

The vineyard was converted to organic in 2006 and was officially certified in 2009. The process is as low-intervention as possible. It’s “low sulphite” too.

Our opinion

It’s fresh, a little creamy and with just the right amount of acidity. We don’t do food pairings, but one night I shared this with some friends over some takeaway pizza and it was perfect. There were pics on our Instagram.

Steve’s scale

In my top 5 white wines ever.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

Launching our street team

So pumped about our street team launch – please join?

So happy to be finally launching our street team. The video says it all, but if you don’t have 4 minutes spare to listen to me waffle on, then please let me make it simple for you here.

I’ve always loved street teams from my time in a band as a youngster and I wanted it to fit into One Day Wednesday.

Basically, it’s free to join, and as a member you’ll get great stuff. It’s not fixed and will be released at random, but it’s fixed around:-

  • discounts for you
  • discounts for your friends and family
  • ability for street team members to customise their own orders
  • Early access to our featured products
  • Samples

Basically, as much stuff as we can give you to make you and your friends/family happy and get you to talk about us more.

I’m also thinking about putting together a text message/whatsapp service to improve our offering – feedback would be great.

Contact me to join!

commentary on: BAGLIO CATTARO CIELLO

BAGLIO CATTARO CIELLO

Orange wine.

I shared this bottle with some friends. One liked it, and found it quite refreshing, the other hated the idea of orange wine. I liked it too, and I’d go back.

It was introduced to me as an “entry level” orange wine, so I want to explore some of the quirkier stuff next time around.

The maker

We don’t actually have that much info on these guys, but it’s easily google-able.

Our opinion

Tasty with some interesting notes, like ginger!

Steve’s scale

N/A – I haven’t consumed enough orange wine. Not a bad place to start though.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

commentary on: FLEURY AOC CHAMPGANE – BLANC DE NOIRS

FLEURY AOC CHAMPGANE – BLANC DE NOIRS

I shared this 1/2 bottle of champagne with my mam the very day it was delivered.

It’s my intention to get this included in some of our boxes soon, including our specific sparking box which will be coming soon.

It’s low sulphur, which means they are 50% or less of their maximum allowed dosage (75mg/litre or less for whites and roses; 50mg or less for reds).

The maker

These guys go back a long way. To 1895 apparently. In 1962 they became the first grower in Champagne to convert to biodynamics. By 1992 the whole estate was converted.

Our opinion

This was super tasty, not too sweet and was coloured fantastically.

We don’t do food pairings – this would be good in the summer sun in your back garden.

Steve’s scale

N/A – I haven’t consumed enough organic sparking, although it easily passes most champagne’s I’ve tried.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

Summer Feature – single box available (no subscription)

I just put a specific order form up (via the button) on the feature page so it’s a bit easier to navigate.

I’m pumped about the summer feature and picked the wines on Friday. I’m going to post about them next week so you know what you’re going to get.

It’s the first time we’re making a single box available to everyone. It’s a bit of a trail for us since we’re really a subscription business but it’s all in aid of summer fun.

Seriously, these wines are going to be awesome for drinking in the sun while you’re chilling in the garden, bbq-ing or whatever else it is that you’re in to.

Have a good weekend everyone. Bring the house down.