Welcome to Jeremy Oliver, on Wine.
Greetings from Melbourne, capital of wine, food and culture in Australia, and where autumn is still clinging to its earlier ambitions of being at least as spectacularly hot as our recent record-breaking summer. But it’s also still dry, agonisingly and painfully so, which is something Australia has to get to grips with in a hurry. But as I have always said, if Australia was exclusively populated by Israelis, no-one would ever be talking about a water shortage. It’s all a matter of attitude and collective priority.
Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter, Jeremy Oliver onWine. I nearly called it Jeremy Oliver Direct, but that sounds too much like a painkilling drug or an online wine store. The idea is that the content of this missive is straight from me, straight to the point and entirely unambiguous. No waffle, no external influence and no bending the knee to any quarter, unless it’s entirely deserved.
I’d loved to have called this ‘Oliver at Large’, since I have always coveted the title of Editor at Large, but to this time at least, no media owner has given it to me. I also dismissed ‘Oliver Wants More’ on the grounds that it sounded too Dickensian, if not albeit, entirely inaccurate.
Rest assured. Jeremy Oliver onWine is anything but another wine newsletter, the kind that overstates wines you aren’t remotely interested in, flogs them to you and then forgets you exist the morning after. I don’t sell wine. Just views and opinion.
You’re invited to receive this brief communication provided you’re interested in wine, occasionally or regularly. Perhaps if in your professional life you find it might open the occasional door or two. Along the way I’ll drop the odd tip, introduce you to the occasional maker, explode the stray myth and keep you loosely engaged with what passes between me and my accountant as my professional life.
I hope you enjoy my first edition.