Hi, my name is Dave Cronin – I was also known as Spikedc on the Tesco Wine Community site unfortunately no longer around and more recently as Ivorfan on Twitter (now VinoViews). I also belong to a wine group called ‘Cuvèe Reserve’ which is an online forum where a few of us discuss anything wine related including lots of reviews, wines of the month, best buys etc, see here for details Cuvèe Reserve
Drinking wine is a pleasure for me, so much so that it has become my main hobby if you want to call it that. Over the last few years, I have tasted some wonderful and exciting wines and attended some fantastic events meeting a lot of wine personalities including winemakers and celebrity wine experts, see my ‘events attended’ section to read about some of them.
Trying to understand the complexities of wine is a vast subject and I realise I’ve only just scratched the surface but I am starting to appreciate what I’m drinking more and more, maybe it’s an age thing, who knows! Took the WSET level 2 course in summer 2018 for my own benefit, enjoyed it and passed with distinction.
Coming from a Spanish background the wines I drink most tend to come from Spain, especially anything from the Rioja region but I do tend like most wine apart from Beaujolais (Gamay is the one grape I can’t get on with unless someone can convince me otherwise !).
In this blog I’ll attempt to give you my personal thoughts on what I’ve been drinking but I must stress these are only my views, I’m a very long way from being a so-called ‘expert’, just a keen amateur who loves wine and you must remember everyone’s Palates are different so what I like you may not.
I will also feature book reviews and other wine-related and some non-wine related subjects.
I give simple Cork rating out of 10 for each wine or wine-related item.
*Finally if anybody out there wants me to review any wines, please feel free to contact me, I promise I will give you an honest opinion as a regular consumer of a wide selection of most everyday wines.
Drink along with me, leave a comment and let me know what you think!