Why is wine slurping a thing we ask and learn about at PumpjackPiddlewick

Is wine slurping really necessary? And by wine slurping I mean that sound that some people make when they seem to suck up their wine. Honestly, it’s kind of eww. The sound that is. But it does bear the question, why would you ‘waste’ the taste of the wine byContinue Reading

I enjoy being a wine tour guide. But what exactly is that? We delve here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have the best job. Honest. Or, if you don’t agree, then I will say I love my job. You see, I am a wine tour guide. Yup. It’s a thing. A really fun and interesting thing. So what’s it all about? A Little History First, I’ll say it’s notContinue Reading

Cremant is a French sparkling wine that can not be called Champagne. Why? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Enjoyed a bubbly glass of Cremant last night. My oh my it was tasty, refreshing and thoroughly delicious. No reason, no celebration, simply a quiet night in with my loved ones. Well, that is reason enough, isn’t it? What’s in a Name You may well ask what Cremant is. EssentiallyContinue Reading

I am discovering the wonderful variety of wines in the Loire Valley. Come and enjoy a taste with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am thoroughly enjoying myself guiding guests around the Loire valley in France. So many lovely varieties of grapes for wine, so many Chateaus to explore. The Loire is my special garden. One I don’t have to prune, but simply enjoy. And oh, my the choices! In case you didn’tContinue Reading

Here is an easy way to choose a good French wine from the wine bottle label at PumpjackPiddlewick

When it comes to buying wine, being confronted with a sea of wine bottle labels in a shop can be daunting. If not incredibly confusing. Do you go for a classic looking label? (Implying it is a better wine?) Minimalist style or busy with information? There are far too manyContinue Reading