Blog for the common man

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 August, 2009, 12:00am

Wine blogs can be a bit of a bore. They're often pretentious and long-winded, with the writer waxing rhapsodic about a rare wine that most of us will never taste and working in references to dead German philosophers, obscure film directors and the blogger's luxury yacht, vineyard in Burgundy and home in the south of France.

So Jamie Goode's Wine Blog ( is refreshing in comparison. Yes, the award-winning wine columnist (for the Sunday Express) does occasionally blog about chateaux and wine estates the public can't normally access, and vintage bottles tasted therein, but his tone is enthusiastic yet concise. He writes with equal enthusiasm about inexpensive beaujolais, South African wines and bottles he buys at supermarkets such as Tesco, and uses phrases almost everyone can understand (he describes too many methoxypyrazines - compounds that give wines a grassy, green pepper character - as being 'yukky').

Goode covers topics that are wine related (how to clean glasses and the importance of terroir) and some that are not (cricket and his dogs).