Every year, from 1st September to 9th December I take 100 days off drinking, other than a limited number of VERY special exceptions.
As much as drinking wine is fun, it’s always good I feel to give my body a rest for a while. I don’t drink that much, it’s just about some balance.
We’re big fans of responsible drinking. It’s a huge part of drinking. Understanding your limits and your intake is vital to wine being a positive influence and part of your entertainment.
For my last day of drinking last year I visited my pals at St Vincent, Newcastle and drank a bunch of Tillingham wines, ate some wonderful bread and cured meats, then went in search of chicken and waffles. An angry lady on a bike shouted at me too.
We’re mad about natural and organic wines, great value, great taste and quality workmanship that goes into making the wines.
But what we’re most into is the bit that comes just before the purchase. Human contact.
Yes, you can order really easily with one click from the site for some of our products but the real focus of our brand is personalised recommendations and detailed wine conversations through WhatsApp and Facebook messenger.
We love to get involved in deep conversations about what wines our customers might be into; what they’ve tried or haven’t tried or even helping people who aren’t sure what they want and want to learn.
Recently we helped a Malbec lover try their first Malbec led blend (with Cabernet Sauvignon); we helped a couple try a bunch of organic Sauvignon Blancs and a lady find her favourite sparkling wine as an alternative to Prosecco (after about 20 bottles tasted).
Chatting through wine with us is super easy. Give it a go! You can find the links on our site or use our social pages.
Theres’s often argument over the health benefits of red wine, and we suggest drinking in moderation, so the health outweighs any other effects, however a quality organic red wine is jam-packed with antioxidants and inflammatory properties. These benefits come down to the concentration of polyphenols, particularly one called resveratrol, which can be found in the skin of grapes.
This week is Men’s Health Week 15-21st June and we want to talk about what part wine can play in that, in moderation of course!
Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant. The top food sources include red wine, grapes, some berries and peanuts.
This compound tends to be concentrated mostly in the skins and seeds of grapes and berries. These parts of the grape are included in the fermentation of red wine, hence its particularly high concentration of resveratrol.
Ok it needs to be said – if you haven’t been drinking responsibly during lockdown now is the time to give it some consideration.
Theres been a lot of tasting new wines going on here, mostly to keep recommendations current and insightful, but some days it’s spilled over pretty well into some more broad tastings including vodka, gin and anything else in the cupboards.
Last year Steve did 100 days no drinking from 1/9 to 9/13 and talked about responsible drinking then too.
Just check your alcohol consumption for the remainder of lockdown. More consumption pretty much equals more sales for One Day Wednesday, but we support responsible drinking above all else.
If you follow our Instagram then you’ll have seen a lot of me talking about quitting drinking for 100 days. I actually stopped in 31/8/19.
A bunch of people have said “but you run a wine business” and that’s exactly the point.
I’ve quit drinking thanks to my self awareness. I realised I’ve been putting myself under a lot of pressure recently and coping (at least in part) with a fairly large alcohol intake, which really doesn’t help at all and isn’t great for short or long term health.
I also want to promote responsible drinking. Yes, I run a wine business, but that doesn’t mean I want to promote unhealthy habits. I’m a slave to my impulses, readers of this may or may not be. I want to be clear that it’s not all about balancing your social events around alcohol. That’s not healthy either.
I also want to take better care of my body. I train a lot. It’s harder with alcohol especially when it’s compounded over days and weeks, so I’m focusing on getting back into great shape during these 100 days. You’ve only got one body that carries you around for your entire life so looking after it is important.
I’m keeping everyone on insta updated daily via the MORNING COFFEE vlogs I do, but I’ll also be posting regular updates here so please check them out.
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.
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
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”
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.