Here’s the latest in our series of member interviews, to introduce someone with a truly unique and self-explanatory username, and who has a foodie confession to make (despite his choice of cute pet)
Meet the Member: @MetalheadWino
As usual, we ask a short set of standard questions, and get each interviewee to answer some ‘fun’ questions that give us an insight into them particularly.
I’d love to hear from all of you at some point, and I will be in touch, but if you have a burning desire to introduce yourself, please send me a message to let me know.
Don’t forget to leave a comment or send him a “hello” at the end - it is always nice for the member who is willing to be open like this to know that others are reading their interviews.
Tell us very briefly about yourself, and what fills your average day
Hi! I’m Alex, 30 years young, originally from Warwickshire but after making my way up and down the Midlands I’ve been settled in Nottingham for about 2 and a half years now.
I’m a very happy owner of a little, grumpy pooch called Rufus who loves walks but sadly isn’t too keen on pubs - however I’m convinced that frequent visits will convert him eventually!
When I’m not dog walking, or pub crawling, then I’m working in IT Security. Sadly it’s not as glamourous as all those 90’s movies led me to believe but it’s still pretty interesting none the less.
Other than that I adore food and travel and try and combine the two as often as I can!
How long have you been a member of The Wine Society and what made you join?
I’ve been a member for coming on 2 years now. I joined soon after really taking an interest in wine.
After reading as much as I could about wine and all it’s goodness I found a Guardian weekly column that reviewed various wines and styles. Within this article I found the recommendation for joining The Wine Society and I’ve never looked back since!
What would you say is your favourite wine style or region, and what do you pair it with?
My favourite style of white wine is absolutely Riesling. If it reeks of petrol then even better!
For reds, my favourite style is Carmenere - but Pinot Noir is a close second.
Confession time. While I do get how foods and wine match up, I’ve never had that mind-blowing epiphany of the two things coming together at the same time. I’ve tried many a time, and appreciated how it can work, but it’s never particularly enhanced the wine or food for me.
With this in mind I now tend to try and pair my wines with an occasion, a mood, the weather or with music.
I’m a weird one in that I very rarely drink the same thing twice. If I see something I’ve never tried then I automatically gravitate towards that - even if I don’t enjoy it then I can at least say I’ve tried it and know what it tastes like.
So for me, if I’m going to drink Riesling then it’s a treat because I 99% know I will enjoy it - I pair that with a big smile and a great night.
If I’m treating myself to a red wine that will have lots of layers and complexity then I will try to pair this with some of my favourite music that requires a solid chunk of thought and a bit of chilled out, zen time.
If you had to list your major NON WINE-RELATED hobby, what would that be?
Without doubt it would be going to gigs and listening to music.
I’m a huge extreme metal fan so anything weird, loud, fast, dark and grim is right up my alley. Love watching it live and try to get to at least a gig or two a month if I can.
What was the last gift that you gave someone (that YOU chose and bought)?
A mate has recently started Uni so I bought her a hip flask for those lectures where you just need a pick-me-up. Not very classy but it’s practical none the less
Tell us something that you’ve done that you are pretty sure no-one else in the community has done (yet)?
I’ve eaten dog in Vietnam and eaten bear in Estonia so that’s something I suppose. Neither were great by the way so I would pair them with whatever wine would cover up the taste!
What was your most memorable restaurant wine experience?
I went to a fairly swanky place for dinner for my 30th this year and I also knew it had a great wine list.
After dinner, the spirits were high, and so was perusing the digestif list for an after-dinner tipple.
There I saw a 30 year old Pedro Ximenez sherry and I just had to go for it. It was stunningly complex, beautiful, and easily one of the best things that I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.
It seems that I was a rare sherry drinker and so the bar staff either picked up on that, or simply saw that I like to drink, and out of the kindness of their hearts they brought me out a glass of their 30 year old Oloroso for me to sip on. A great end to a memorable meal.
At your niece’s 18th birthday party, she asks you for advice on learning about wine. What advice do you give her?
Don’t listen to your Dad! White wine is delicious and you should drink as much of it as you can! There is more to life than Penfolds Grange and Bordeaux blends.
Drink wine plentifully, enjoy it when it’s good and just make the most of it when it’s bad.