Status: Married - Vicky, children: Jack & Jessica
Time with NYW: Started Noel Young Wines in 1991
Favourite wine: Hard to choose: love Champagne, especially with age. Rhone wines, Pinot Noir when it's sweet and pure, Riesling. Balanced, oaked Chardonnay, Australian Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre, as varietal's or blends Gruner Veltliner and Austrian dessert wines. Albarino, Godello and Txakoli. Loving Italian reds especially Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera. Dry Lambrusco. Vermouth.
Least favourite: Unripe wines. Unbalanced wines, Late harvested varieties in cool climate areas ie. Shiraz in Tasmania (although some decent ones emerging!)! Much-hyped Bordeaux. Wine that tastes of cider. Wine labelled as 'natural' with no sense of place or variety, just faults.
Most annoying thing about wine trade: The lack of adventure in some wine drinkers: we've been drinking so & so's good ordinary Claret for years… and indeed some couriers/delivery drivers!
Favourite food:I love outdoor cooking and have 7 barbecues...Meat in general! Slow roasted meats, top quality Burgers are hugely under-appreciated, also fish such as Turbot, Dover Sole, Brill. Paella Valenciana, authentic Tapas, traditional English breakfast, Shellfish especially from Australia, good Mexican, love a bit of chilli too. Hot buttered toast and bovril can also be heavenly.
Food & wine: Sparkling Shiraz & barbecued foods. Good off-dry rose with spicy foods, Gruner Veltliner and white meats. Pinot Noir and Grenache with spicy food (chilli/some curries). Albarino and meaty fish like Brill, Turbot etc. White burgundy and Dover Sole.
Interests: Wine! Beer! Spirits!…my family, travel- especially Valencia, eating out, pubs, Cambridge United FC and sport in general, music, especially Morrissey, films & classic tv.
Favourite links: nywines.co.uk!, www.cambridge-united.co.uk, www.turnerandgeorge.co.uk (fantastic meat).
Desert island wine: Australian Sparkling Shiraz: I love Champagne and also full bodied spicy reds, especially Shiraz, and it needs to have a bit of alcohol! So Sparkling Shiraz it is, with perhaps Rockford Black, Seppelt Show Reserve, Charles Melton or E&E Black Pepper at the top of the list, and of course now my own Magpie Estate 'The Tight Cluster'!.