I started this website in 2010 when a friend suggested that instead of boring the pants off her about wine, I should find another outlet.
OK, so she didn’t quite put it that way. And I hope I misinterpreted the boring bit. But to be honest, when I started, I bored myself a bit.
Reviewing bottles of wine quickly become dry and tedious in isolation. When I placed it in context, though, with travel or food, it was a far more enjoyable experience for me, and hopefully for my reader (s). Stories are what make wine fascinating.
I believe wine is there to be sipped, savoured, enjoyed and shared. It deserves to be more than a just convenience, hastily popped into a supermarket trolley along with toilet paper and cat food. Experimentation is fun!
Wine can take over your life. I’ve learnt through experience. After a long career in journalism, PR and corporate communications, I now own a wine shop called Park+Bridge in West London.
As a result I no longer cover specific retailers – including my own shop. Though I may give my perspective as a retailer from time to time.
I will, however, continue to write about wines and producers irrespective of whether I stock them or not. I’d need a shop the size of the Tardis, and be bankrolled by a billionaire to carry all the amazing wines out there.
And my ethos for both is the same. I want to encourage people to experiment; to feel confident – not daunted – by an extensive restaurant wine list or a large range in a store; to know value when they see it; and above all, to have fun.
Oh, and you can email me at paola at parkandbridge dot com.
Please note: Due to high levels of spam, I do moderate all comments I receive. I also edit comments where necessary, if I think some of the contents may cause offence.