I first met Katie Jones at uni and during our year abroad we spent many a happy day scooting around the vineyards of the Loire Valley! An interest in wine was piqued for us both. A few years later Katie bought her own vineyard in south-west France. It takes guts and character if you're young, female and above all English (!) to take on the French at their own game, especially in the macho rugby-playing south-west. Her reputation grew and no-one could have been more pleased than me when The Society listed her (now award-winning) wines.
We opened a bottle of the Grenache Gris last weekend and loved its perfectly dry, clean, mineral flavour. This is a great food wine – it worked brilliantly with the 'Chicken Basque' we served and no doubt would do justice to paella or other gutsy Mediterranean dishes.
Liz Cerroti – Head of Member Services