As summer 2021 approaches, I'm looking forward to the end of UK lockdown and being able to share wine with friends, in person. But lockdown wasn't a total disaster. Many of us who could no longer meet face-to-face took to the virtual conference, used
by big businesses and families alike to keep in touch. Even better, it's a great way of making new friends and sharing new experiences from the comfort of home - and it could have been designed for wine, with its international dimension.
part in all sorts of wine-related online events, from regular Twitter chats to Instagram Lives, from blind wine tasting masterclasses late in the evening (with the great Nick Jackson MW's School of Taste) to virtual vineyard tours in Bordeaux
and Jerez. But, best of all, thanks to my Twitter wine buddy Tim Milford I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Meet The Winemaker sessions set up by Brett Jones in Australia and Oliver Farquharson in the U.K.
Since July 2020 Brett has made it his mission to introduce our group of UK-based wine lovers to the makers of some of the finest wines from all over Australia - and Ollie has ensured that we were able to source their wines from the UK - mostly via independent
merchants who specialise in importing the best that Australia has to offer - and taste them as we talked.