Many of you know that I’m off on maternity leave shortly (next Thursday 16th September, to be exact!) so I’m afraid I’m leaving you for a year!
I’m absolutely delighted to introduce my maternity cover, the wonderful @TeresaGirao!
Teresa is joining @Kelly as your Community staff - I’m sure you’ll give her a very warm welcome!
Please tag @TeresaGirao or @Kelly if you need any help from now on. I will be popping by as a member to say hello and talk all things wine during my time off, so I look forward to keeping in touch with you lovely lot, but I won’t be able to help with your queries until I’m back properly next September.
Favourite wine styles/regions
Sweet, fruity wines. Lambrini, Gazela or Joao Pires (Portugal)
Favourite holiday destination
Hawaii, certainly. Although I enjoy travelling to different destinations and having new experiences, Hawaii is certainly my top choice.
Favourite book and TV show
Marley & Me. This book has a special meaning to me and I read the book every year – can’t get enough (although I don’t like the movie). For a TV show, that’d certainly be Mindhunter.
What’s your go-to recipes for a dinner party?
It normally depends who I have as guests, I’d say. Cooking (and food!) is one of my favourite things on earth and I live for trying new recipes that excite me (would love to have my own restaurant one day, if I could). Tapas are certainly an all-round favourite. If I’m cooking meat, then probably I’d cook my grandmother’s meat roll (it’s so juicy and flavoursome!), crispy duck rice with chorizo or chicken stroganoff. If its fish, then a grilled seabream, cod or octopus. If it’s pasta, then a lovely salmon pasta or mushroom risotto never disappoints! If it’s seafood (my favourite!), I’d cook a seafood rice, garlic and butter clams, scallops, and all sorts of different cooked types of prawns along with my dad’s handmade garlic mayonnaise recipe (it’s just beyond brilliant, an all-time favourite from everyone!).
What’s your favourite non-wine-related hobby?
It used to do swimming competition and ballroom dancing a couple of years ago, but I have recently found joy in crafting (mandala painting and pot painting).
Who’s your role model?
My grandmother. She’s genuinely the nicest person on earth (I know I’m biased, but everyone else who knows her feel the same). She’s sweet, funny and always happy to help anyone in need. It’s hard to describe her, but she’s the closest you’d refer to someone as an angel.
What would your Mastermind specialist subject be?
Easy – food! I’m beyond excited about testing lots of recipes using subtlety different types of wine now that I work for TWS.
What are you most looking forward to in the rest of 2021?
To have fun and enjoy life! 2021 has bit a very odd year and I have certainly missed spending time enjoying life outdoors or doing exciting things with family and friends, so I’m hoping I can have a bit more of that before the year ends.
A bit about me
One of the main reasons that got me excited about The Wine Society was to have a chance to work more closely with wine. Although I’m a very fussy wine drinker, it’s certainly an area that means a lot to me as it’s engrained in my family. When I was little, we’d spend hours (sometimes until early the next day, really!) around the table eating (e.g. my grandad used to have an outdoor oven and we’d make chorizo bread) and wine was always there. My grandad lives in Sintra and owns a small vineyard. He’d sometimes ask mine and my cousins help treading on grapes to help producing wine (not for sale, just for the family). I loved helping him out, although it was a really odd feeling to be barefoot squashing warm grapes!