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 

19 November 2014

An Empty Place


I suppose Empty can mean absence for a number of reasons. One being something akin to Captain Jack Sparrow wondering where his rum has gone, the other something with much more gravitas. That 'something' for those of us involved in the blog over the years has emerged to be the latter, joining the plethora of young people leaving Irish shores in search of opportunity, feeling stifled and undermined. We have left a country empty of a generation. Not the first time it has happened. This is in no small way reflected in Irish independent trade and  in wine, beer and spirits culture.

Three of us have unsurprisingly left for the United Kingdom, the rich history in the wine trade might have something to do with that. However the economic turmoil left behind has had its affect on the wine trade globally. The following is some brief thoughts on where we at The Empty Glass have come from and where we have found ourselves.



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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

08 November 2014

Bottle Age


Things are changing here at empty. We've both left for the UK and despite our émigré sense of entitlement, we're hardly the Irish wine blog we use to be. We know! With all our, at times ham handed, wading in on matters for the Irish wine trade we had you fooled too. Well, no longer, it seems the world of wine has really opened it's doors to us, dragged us away and right now we'd be foolish to say no to it all. This is just a change that time passing demands I suppose.   
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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