24 April 2015

Game of Thrones & Wine


Thanks to obscure reddit thread ... aka google images

Having apparently nothing better to do than imagine what Game of Thrones characters might be swilling I thought I best record my thoughts for posterity. These things are important after all. 

I am also wondering how many people have found this post in search of actual bollocks about the series? (I do quite enjoy it aside from all of my misgivings)

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@thobiasinkblot is a keen wearer of scarves and enjoys a good Cabernet. He has been writing for Empty for ages and ages and currently can be found in an undisclosed location near London. After getting the wine bug he has a distinction in level 2 and 3 of the WSET he plans on attempting the Diploma in 2015. He also is quite fond of narratives in the third person. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com

23 April 2015

28 Days Later


Here I am, nearly, twenty eight days after a perversely prescribed sobriety of the same measure. I scribe from the comfort of a pair of newly acquired beige canvas trousers. You can see, beyond any shadow of doubt, that the re-calibration has been a difficult one and I veer dangerously close to the obnoxious. So profoundly have I missed the clink of mismatched Riedel that my malted pursuits have fallen totally astray and my vinous escapades only intensified, I only fear that I am a step shy from ascending the ranks of the red trousered regiment and regaling you of a quaint 'Bojo' flight I had in the local oeno-café.
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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3, not to mention Rob has a fondness for having his ego stroked, demonstrated the purring he made while receiving a WSET Scholarship. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com


12 February 2015

The Blueberries






Rob's Big 2014 French Romp

My 2014 will be marked by two happenings. First, the stoking of my old flame, French wine and the second my discovery of the phrase 'fannybaws'. As only one of those is truly relevant to Empty I feel it best that I linger on it for the purpose of The Blueberries.

11 January 2015

Women, Wine, Breasts and Champagne

Women, Wine, Breasts and Champagne
'... Gender is not to culture as sex is to nature; gender is also the discursive/cultural means by which "sexed nature" or a "natural sex" is produced and established as a "prediscursive," prior to culture, a politically neutral surface upon which culture acts' - Judith Butler Gender Trouble

Women and wine. Now for a moment consider what images does this conjure up in your imagination? No doubt nothing inspiring, more than likely market clichés of millennials with White Zinfandel, the 'desperate housewife' or the infamous hen party and its' assorted bubbles. Offensive undermining images of the feminine form propagated by a market dominated by men. Not just the world of wine ...

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@thobiasinkblot is a keen wearer of scarves and enjoys a good Cabernet. He has been writing for Empty for ages and ages and currently can be found in an undisclosed location near London. After getting the wine bug he has a distinction in level 2 and 3 of the WSET he plans on attempting the Diploma in 2015. He also is quite fond of narratives in the third person. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com

05 January 2015

Reblog from Wordpress: Liberating Numbers? Wine Scores


A number of months back, during some our prolonged Empty down time, I catching up reading Andrew Jefford's weekly column for Decanter and my gears got grinding again on an old personal bugbear and moral quagmire; wine scores. While they are unfortunately the Lingua Franca at the wine court these days. I am unmistakably hostile towards them and, unsurprisingly, it follows that I have some issues.
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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com 

08 December 2014

Why We Drink.

Why? It is often an excellent question, so fine in fact, I doubt we really bother to ask ourselves it all that much. I've been having a bit of a figurative toss about with the idea of 'cultural exchange'. So much so, I thought for a tasting I'd been asked to host, maybe this big eponymous 'why' question might just be an interesting way to frame the tasting. Well, it turns out I was rather wrong about it being a novel idea to frame a tasting with actually. The tone was something much more low key. But, in the spirit of interest, in the closing minutes as everyone swirled their favourite glass, I asked. "Why?"
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@Rob_Gilmour has been writing for Empty for too long to mention, he is currently working in wine in Edinburgh where he runs @Wine_Edinburgh and somehow has found time to be Vice-President of the @IWSScotland. Being a balanced, multifaceted individual Rob's only interest in not wine, he is also interested in wine education as well having passed with distinction his WSET L3. If you'd like to contact him email: emptyglassie@gmail.com