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A FRENCH SNOB, an english SOMM, and a LOUD American walk into a bar... 

Three nationalities, three contrasting palates, and three fields of expertise brought together by a singular passion: wine. At Bottle Bitches, we drink wine, talk about wine, and share the wine we love without any of the wankery. Promise.

 
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C A R O S P I N E T T E

AKA: Wine Snob

NATIONALITY: French

ABOUT: I know what I do and don’t want in a bottle, which tends to make it a bit stressful for friends to bring wine when coming over for dinner. However, working with Angela has taught me to keep an open mind and I’m always excited about trying new bottles!
I’m a digital content creator, copywriter and product developer, with a background in production, international trading and arts. My other passion is to travel the world, and I’m currently dreaming about another trip to Sonoma!

OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD: I’m definitely a New World advocate (sorry mum), with a big inclination for South Africa, California, and Argentina (in that order). Although the other two Bottle Bitches have on multiple occasions opened my eyes on some Old World gems (mostly Spain and Italy), I find New World wines more eager to surprise my palate.

FAVOURITE GRAPE: It’s got to be a Pinotage from Stellenbosch!

FAVOURITE BOTTLE EVER: South African producer Jordan’s Cabernet Sauvignon makes me MELT every time, for it has the earthy notes I love in a Pinotage. Visiting their vineyard is definitely on my “before I turn 40” bucket list!

LIGHT, MEDIUM, OR FULL: Definitely on the fuller end of the spectrum and generally don’t enjoy wines I can see through. I admire wines with layers of flavours and textures revealing themselves with each sip.

WHITE VS RED: Absolutely Red! Although, once again, Angela’s managed to introduce me to fairly complex Whites that surprised me so much I went back to get more - I haven’t told my mum yet, I think she’ll be very pleased.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: It has to be High Timber, near St Paul in London. The best steak and wines I have had the pleasure to savour in my entire life - seriously, that beef simply melts in your mouth, it’s incredible!!

FAVOURITE DISH: You can’t beat a steak (rare) & fries. Add a glass of red to that and I’m over the moon (I’m looking at you, High Timber!).

 

 
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A N G E L A  J O H N S O N

AKA: Wine Geek

NATIONALITY: British

ABOUT: I'm a very passionate Bottle Bitch and started my journey into wine in that classic tale of ‘Girl aspires to be a lawyer, studies and works as a waitress part time… falls in love with the wine she’s serving, quits law…’ ten years later, that love affair has chapters as travelling and discovering the world's diverse wine regions, many an interesting tale as sommelier in Australia, running a wine shop and being an educator amidst completing a degree in Wine Business and the WSET Diploma, and the love is still going strong. When not teaching others about wine I can always be found with my head in a wine book. 

OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD: Whole World!

FAVOURITE GRAPE: Oh, if I had to pick... Pinot Noir.

FAVOURITE BOTTLE EVER: These questions are too hard!

LIGHT, MEDIUM, OR FULL: I’m all about equality on weight issues.

WHITE VS RED: Oh come on! … red… no white. I can’t answer this.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Birreria Centrale in Florence. I’d queue for a week for a table on the makeshift wooden terrace at this unpretentious jaunt for locals, secretly hidden down a back street off of Piazza della Republica. Their truffle gnocchi and hearty Tuscan stew changed my life.

In the UK I’d have to say Dinner by Heston for an exquisite experience (and wine list!) but for food that was insanely interesting, delicious and served in the most comforting and welcoming of eateries it has to be Blanchette in Soho - free range pork rib eye, black pudding and pea puree… washed down with a glass of Alsace Pinot. YES!

FAVOURITE DISH: Braised Beef Cheeks. Specifically MY braised beef cheeks, marinated for 24 hours in a bottle of amarone (alright a bottle minus a glass) and then slow cooked for around 5 hours in its rich sauce, served with the crispiest of potatoes and green veg - your classic British roast with a twist of Italian. And a lot of wine.

 

 
 

K A T E S I M S

AKA: Loudmouth American

NATIONALITY: American

ABOUT: I looooove talking about the things I love. Whether it's the latest book I read, the recipe I just tried that's totally going to change your life, or (you guessed it) the wine I had last night that tasted exactly like that feeling Maria had when she ran through the hills in the opening scene of The Sound of Music. If I love it, I'ma tell you about it

By day, I'm a writer, digital strategist and content marketing queen over at bgsd, but by night I'm an amateur wine drinker who's getting better one bottle at a time. 

OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD: New. But I make exceptions.

FAVOURITE GRAPE: Pinot noir. 

FAVOURITE BOTTLE EVER: I got to share a bottle of Cupano Brunello di Montalcino with Wine Santa at the Cupano estate in 2011 and it literally changed my life. They cut their grapes off the vine with NAIL SCISSORS. Like, I don't even cut my nails with nail scissors so imagine me all kinds of impressed when I found this out. 

LIGHT, MEDIUM, OR FULL: Oof, this is difficult. What am I eating? What's the temperature? Who am I with? Am I happy, sad or angry? I guess what I'm trying to say is that it really depends. 

WHITE VS RED: Red red red. I only drink white wine if I'm eating fish, on a boat, or wearing all white. (I'm trying to be better about this, though.) 

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: If we’re talkin’ London, then right now I’d have to say NOPI, though St JOHN is also up there and I’m always down for Home Slice because hello pizza.  

FAVOURITE DISH: The cheese cake souffle at NOPI. It’s a real game-changer.