Wine expert and presenter Amelia Singer is something of a globetrotter, sourcing wines for TV’s The Wine Show. It’s a tough life that invariably involves a lot of tasting sessions…
I’m constantly surrounded by food and drink, and if I have a lengthy wine tasting session ahead of me I take a lot of vitamin tablets to keep me awake and focused. Of course the occasional hangover is inevitable; sometimes there’s nothing for it but another glass of wine and lunch! When we’re out filming it always means an early start, so we all crash out early too.
Food is often an issue for me when I’m travelling. I can’t have dairy products and this is a real problem in France. I’ve noticed over the past few years that Italy now offers more dairy-free options, but the further east I travel, the less of a problem it is as less dairy produce is used.
My family’s from the States and I love going round the vineyards in California as I can visit them at the same time. I’ve spent a lot of time in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds too; I love the shops, the landscape and the long walks on the Cotswold Way. You feel as though you’re in a different land. Other favourites include Dorset with its sea and rolling countryside, and Bath as it’s such a beautiful place. You feel as though you’ve stepped back into Jane Austen’s time.
My worst travel experience was when I was on my gap year and did some voluntary work. The experience was great until I was on a trek along the Inca Trail, fell off my motorbike and broke my arm. I had to navigate the rest of the trail and ride horses with a bust arm. That was the most stressful experience I’ve ever had.
Travelling is important to me. I love culture and art and seeing everyday life. You have to be realistic in your expectations. The more research you do, the more you get out of travelling. I find meeting other people and seeing new places really stimulating.
- Find out more at amelias-wine.com
Touring the world’s vineyards is all in a day’s work
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