About Old Parn

Who’s it for?

Photo of Old Parn (Tom Parnell) looking, in arch fashion, through a glass of red wine. He's got a red T-shirt on.
This picture is now old enough to be museum-worthy. Still got the T-shirt though.

This blog’s for you if you like booze (whether wine, gin, vermouth or what have you) but don’t want to get too technical about it.

It’s for you if you’re more interested in having a good time with a glass in your hand than you are about cataloguing every last flavour and awarding a mark out of 100.

It’s for you if you think reading about booze should be as easy as drinking it.

When I first started it, around the time that photo was taken, it was exclusively focused on wine and pretty much mainlined in reviews. When I started posting again, I decided to broaden its scope, now covering gins, cocktails, food and the like.

Who’s it by?

Old Parn, of course.

Old Parn is a man who loves booze. That’s his sole qualification for writing this blog. By day he works at trying to get people to buy things online. They call it eCommerce.

He’s the deluded goof in the photo up top, posing (with daring originality) alongside a wineglass and corkscrew.

He lives in Oxford London Hampshire in the UK, and spends too much time conceiving ideas; too little time executing them. For often has it been said that his ideas should be executed.

Confusingly, Old Parn doesn’t actually appear to be all that old. But there’s a fucking minging picture of him up in the attic. He is also occasionally known and referred to by his real name, which is Tom Parnell.

When not indulging in blasphemous tirades about alcohol, he indulges in savage bursts of laser cello. He occasionally rouses himself from lethargy to put out a half-arsed tweet as @oldparn on Twitter.

Things people have said about Old Parn

‘Parnell is crass … and uninspiring … insipid, weak, cowardly’ — Tom Wark, ‘Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog’

‘Your style fuckin’ sucks!’ — Thomas Pellechia, ‘Wine writer + educator’

‘Boring and in tune with the wine blogosphere in 2006, not 2011’ — Jeff Lefevere, ‘Good Grape: A Wine Manifesto’ (Est. 2006)