Tune in to Marlow FM (97.5) tomorrow morning at 11am to hear my client and Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, talking to Mary Flavelle about his love of wine – and also discussing the new launch of Diving into Hampton Water – a rose, created by Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi and Gerard Bertrand.
Lucky me! I’m not kidding. Myself and Alistair Cooper, Master of Wine (and client of Hello Henley) were invited as guests of the Gérard Bertrand Truffle and Pruning Festival #FeteTailleGB in Narbonne at the weekend. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Narbonne itself is a wonderful place – I would throughly recommend a visit. Of course while there it would be unforgivable not to stay at (or at least visit) the biodynamic Chateau L’Hospitalet. This wonderful vineyard / hotel is located between land and sea and is the jewel of the Launguedoc-Roussillon.
During my visit I received a plethora of wine masterclasses, I learnt all about Winter pruning and even got to dabble in a spot of truffle hunting – led by Mosquito the sniffer dog. But hold the phone, that’s not all! I then delighted my senses with a gastronomic Gala Truffle Dinner, alongside Jon Bon Jovi (as you do).
However, the biggest treat (and blush-moment) of the evening was Chateau L’Hospitalet owner and wine producer Gerard Bertrand gifting me (in person) with a very special wine – a 1977 Rivesaltes. A little bird told him it was my birth year.
Whopping thanks to all the team at Gérard Bertrand, especially Anne Serres, Director of Communications, and of course, to Gérard himself!
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Before moving back to Henley-on-Thames to start my own business, I was a magazine writer. During that time I penned a feature or two for The Independent, OK! Magazine, Woman, The Express, Health & Fitness, TV Quick, TV Choice, SkyMag, Total TV Guide, Aura, The WHSmith Guides and Salon Today. My main areas of interest were Celebrity, Entertainment, TV, Beauty, Health and Real Life.
I was able to develop a great skill set during this period, like feature writing, interviewing, section editing and commissioning. I also appeared as a talking head on Weight Matters, a Discovery Health documentary series.
I enjoyed co-ordinating beauty and fashion shoots – and also enjoyed many press trips – to South Africa, France, Spain, LA and the jungles of Cameroon