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The amazing thing about running your own company is that you’re always doing something new and last week there were a few ‘firsts’ for me.

Firstly, we completed a short promotional film to give an introduction to our brand in a quick and visually appealing way. I had no idea how much music made a difference to visuals and how images can have such an impact in explaining your brand. You can watch the film here and see what you think for yourself.

Secondly, on Wednesday, I was invited to the IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition) Awards, where I’d been nominated for the Julian Brind Memorial Trophy For Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry 2018. Whilst I was hugely honoured to have been nominated, I was quite relieved I didn’t win, as I feel like a little bit of a fraud considering that I believe I still have so much more to learn about this industry I’ve dropped myself in.

The third and final first of last week was our very own wine launch. As regular customers will know, we’ve had several wines available since we began in 2016, but we thought the introduction of our Sicilian Grillo was worthy of some fanfare. So with guidance (and a lot of hard work) from the lovely team at Belleview Collective we transported ourselves, plus several boxes of wine, to the glittering lights of London and, more specifically, to Tasting Sicily Enzo’s Kitchen, the fabulous restaurant run by Enzo Oliveri on Panton Street.

We were honoured to have an amazing selection of well-known journalists and bloggers who spent the evening with us learning more about our Grillo from drinks educator Christopher Cooper from Drinkonomics, as well as eating some of the finest Sicilian buffet you’re ever likely to try courtesy of Enzo and his team. On top of that, there was several hours of top-notch chatting and it was lovely to meet so many people who love trying and talking about good wine and food.

I enjoyed it so much it made me think that we should be working towards having a launch event every week, but before that I’m concentrating (or worrying, depending on my mood) about some more firsts, but I’ll save those for a future blog.