Sometimes the best way to pay tribute to someone you love is to drink to them
For 18 months, a motley crew of wine lovers have been logging in to zoom each Thursday night to discuss, in varying degrees of sobriety,...
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Alex Tilling, The Dorset Wine Lover
At times irreverent, at times geeky, this is a chronical of my wine life. For nearly 2 decades I have worked in the wine industry, starting as a humble ‘cellar rat’ in Bordeaux and then South Africa, before moving back to the UK where I plied my trade selling premium wines to restaurants before eventually becoming the brand manager for Champagne Louis Roederer, hosting regular tastings, events and dinners around the country.
Much of those two decades were spend studying – I obtained the WSET diploma in 2010, won the Wine Australia Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2012, passed the Master of Wine theory exams in 2013, and became a WSET educator in 2016. Now it is all about the pleasure!
So this is me, sharing my wine stories. Through this blog, and through tastings where we can get down and dirty with the wines together.
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Thursday Night Club
Free to join, it is a relaxed and informal virtual gathering of wine lovers each Thursday night. Just pick a wine to drink at home and introduce it to the group. Contact me to sign up. Your wines and stories are then shared on the blog anonymously
Tastings and Events
Fun and interactive wine tastings for groups and parties
Corporate tastings, events, dinners and team building
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Helping you to build your perfect wine collection.
Recommendations of new wines based on your style preferences and budget
Wine club style monthly mixed case recommendations based on your taste
Advise on when to drink your wines
Dinner party wine and food pairings with pre-recorded wine introductions
From the Source
Just a little Thank You for all the hard work you put into our event. You are a Superstar. Gushing comments coming in all morning. We have a great media team standing by ready for when your TV show gets commissioned!
Thank you! Everyone had a ball especially b-day boy. Really interesting and loads of fun.
On behalf of Gravetye I would like to thank you for the amazing evening we just had, it has been a success!
Our guests, regulars and non regulars, really enjoyed your entertaining and educational speeches, the Louis Roederer selection and of course the food.
Alex's enthusiasm, knowledge and insights were the perfect way to put some fizz back into proceedings after a gruelling annual planning session. To say we learnt a lot dramatically understates Alex's impact and delivery
Everyone had glowing things to say about you and you were elected as an honorary Bacchus Member. Thank you for doing such a great job, you pitched it perfectly.