I have become one of those people.
You know the type. Opinionated. All the gear but no idea.
The person who has a view and wants to share that view. Based on the kind of facts that wouldn’t hold up in the playground, let alone a court or a boardroom.
The basis of this admission stems (no pun intended) from the fact that I have a favourite winery.
It is a hand to bottle to mouth kind of infatuation.
I guess you can say it is less about the wine and more my weakness as an early adopter. Though the wine does play a big part in it.
As someone that likes natural, low intervention, sparkling, funky, low yield and stored in Qvevri wines – the arrival of Tillingham Wines on the scene ticked every box. The fact they were British and that I could (I still haven’t) meet the producer at tastings in my or neighbouring post codes was all it took.
I was hooked. Drinking wines you may never have heard of. I was an early adopter of Tillingham wines.
So now I do my best to tell others about them. To share why I love them so.
The type of trait that needed to have a certain mobile phone, software release or trainer style (yes, I had the original Nike Shox). That permanently lives in Alpha or Beta – at work and at home.
The thing with being an early adopter – rather than drinking wines with vintages older than my kids – is that not every release will hit the spot. Much of that though is down to personal taste. Or sometimes it might be down to finding feet? I am not skilled enough to say.
What I do know is that the days of queuing for a new album or trainer release are long behind me. But firing out an instant response to ask for a bottle to be put to one side – is exactly where I am right now. Especially where Tillingham are concerned.