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A year in booze

frasierIt’s been a year since I started World of Booze. The inspiration came from a friend of mine who thought it funny that my main interest was shared by none of our friends. Well then, I would find some like-minded people on the internet! My hope was that this site would become a civilised symposium at which people from around the world would share stories about wine. To some extent this has proved so but most people who come to this blog do so because they are trying to find out what kind of sherry Frasier drank. My post on this very subject gets three times more traffic than the next most popular post. Those curious Frasier fans have made this site one of the most read wine blogs in the UK. For a while this perturbed me, I felt like one of those third generation immigrants trying to launch himself into society and desperate to hide that his family money came from loo paper (not that the Frasier post had made my fortune but I do get the occasional freebies and invites to wine tastings). None of my top five most read posts contain any specialist wine information. They are: 1) Frasier , 2) Farewell Oddbins?, 3) The first rule of wine club , 4) English Champagne  and 5) Real Ale Trendy Wankers

The lesson here is that the less I write about wine in detail the more people want to read. If you want high-minded wine information then you’d go to one of the many wine writers who really know what they are talking about. World of Booze is for my drunk-sodden meanderings. Now I just need to decide what to drink to celebrate my blog’s birthday. Perhaps a bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream in honour of my benefactor Dr Frasier Crane.

By Henry

I worked in the wine trade and publishing before becoming a freelance writer and broadcaster. My work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. I now works as features editor on the Master of Malt blog. Ihave been on BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 and Monocle Radio, and a judge for the BBC Radio 4’s Food & Farming Awards and for the Fortnum & Mason food and drink awards 2018. My book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass won Fortnum & Mason debut drink book 2017. My second, The Home Bar, was published in October 2018.

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