Secret Sommelier is wine reporting website run by Nick Breeze with a particular focus on contemporary wine production and consumption.
Nick Breeze is a professional journalist based in London, working specifically in the fields of wine and climate change. Aside from regularly tasting and writing up reviews of wines and regions, Nick is constantly looking for contemporary factors that influence the taste of wine and how it received by consumers.
In recent years due to fluctuations in climate and the overall warming of the atmosphere, climate change has become a much more prevalent consideration in wine production. The profound effect that climate change is having on wine, on production, as well as perception and consumption, make it a key element of the reporting on Secret Sommelier.
Nick Breeze on Portuguese TV, Climate Change Leadership For The Wine Industry Conference in 2019
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We have recently devoted a whole category to Wine and Climate Change for posting regular content on this subject.
From the frontline of production to the frontline of consumption; Secret Sommelier is also reporting on current industry trends, including what the experts are talking about, as well as what consumers are asking for.
The frontlines of production and consumption are where Nick will be focused throughout 2019 and beyond, with new reporting carefully identifying connections between these two ends of the industry.
Watch a wide range of wine-related interviews on the Secret Sommelier Youtube channel by clicking here.
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An aperitif by the coliseum
As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.
Artichoke pasta and very fine Pigato
Britain’s lamentable exit
On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.
I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!
Soave: volcanic wines with elegance and longevity
Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.
An American In Paris; Tanisha Townsend (@GirlMeetsGlass) discusses podcasts, Paris wine bars, & what she's drinking at the moment
Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.
Wine tasting in Galicia: The pilgrims search for Albarino
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.
Interview: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers, climate change & tasting with Stephane Dupuch
Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch.