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

Discover the fete de vendange in France with PumpjackPiddlewick

October, or at least some time in October, signals the end of grape harvest (Vendange) here in France. Depending on how early, or late, the harvest began will determine how early or late in autumn it comes to a conclusion. But ultimately, October signals it’s time for the Fete deContinue Reading

We review 2 books on wine and war in France, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction at PumpjackPiddlewick

Interestingly I was given a book recently – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. And at the same time Wine and War, by Donald and Petie Kladstrup, was recommended to me. I read them both, and can recommend them both. Wine and War Wine and War is a non-fictional book.Continue Reading

Grapes - posh plants or down and dirty agriculture - Featured Blog Post at PumpjackPiddlewick

I don’t know about you, but I never really thought about wine grapes and their vines as part of agriculture. In fact, when associated with wine, ‘agriculture’ sounds almost like a dirty word. Don’t you think? To me grapes aren’t a crop, like wheat. They are too posh for that.Continue Reading

Winter in the Vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

When we think of vineyards we most likely think of autumn and the harvesting of grapes, the making of the wine. That is the busiest time of year for both the vineyard and the winery, but it’s just the culmination. Whereas winter in the vineyard is possibly the most importantContinue Reading