Alex and Ryan are joined by former Pittsburgh Pirate and 2014 Silver Slugger Award winner, Neil Walker. In this special bonus episode, Neil talks about his path to the MLB, his career in Pittsburgh for his hometown team, and what he is looking forward to now since stepping away from the game of baseball.
Today my guest in Neil Walker, who after 15 years working in banking, set up The English Vine in a bid to bring English Wine to a new generation of wine drinker via a no-nonsense approach. The company has already had an incredibly successful pop-up bar in Shorditch - the first in London to focus solely on English and Welsh wines - and Neil’s ‘Wine Revolution’ as he likes to call it, has continued with a series of immersive tastings throughout lockdown."Too many of us have been left with no choice but to judge the wine by the label. We intend to change that. We will make wine approachable, fun and most of all understandable. In fact we will be everything the wine industry isn’t."We talk about making his own wine, how he and his team are trying to change the perception of English wine and his plans to grow The English Vine with some quirky ideas and experiments. You can order Number 1 Bacchus and The English Vine's curated collections of English Vine at theenglishvine.co.uk. Thank you for listening to today's episode of The English Wine Diaries. If you enjoyed the podcast then please leave a rating or review and to hear future episodes as they are released, hit subscribe on your podcast listening platform. To find out who's joining me next week, follow @thesouthernquarter on Instagram and for more regular English wine news, visit thesouthernquarter.co.uk and sign up to my newsletter.
In the 25th episode, the boys talk about the Buccos and how they can actually win games, the 'Pittsburgh KId' Neil Walker is retiring, the Penguin's have been struggling a little bit, the NFL Draft is right around the corner, biggest Steeler's draft gems and busts, reminisce on Troy Polamalu for his birthday, Coach T got a 3 year contract extension, the boys new jobs, snow in Pittsburgh in April, and finish with a happy birthday hype-up to Troy Polamalu.
Neil Walker's 12-year MLB career included time with both the Yankees and the Mets. The now-retired Walker joins Sweeny on 30 With Murti to reflect on his career, give a unique perspective on how the game has changed from his debut in 2009 to now -- and tell the goosebump-inducing story of his family's emotional connection to Roberto Clemente. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Spring 2021 • All In: Above All Else • Neil Walker
USC Christian Challenge
"Follow your heart" is advice we often hear. But today, Neil explains why the Bible puts so much emphasis on guarding our hearts, and points out some of the more common lies that can creep in. Recorded on Zoom for Thursday Night Challenge March 25th, 2021
Spring 2021 • ALL IN: The Work of a Laborer • Neil Walker
USC Christian Challenge
So we know that there's a need for laborers who are "all in" for Jesus, but what does a laborer do? Neil shows us that, according to scripture, laborers love people, share the gospel, and share their lives. February 4th, 2021
Neil talks about how advent is a time that helps us to remember, prepare for, and anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. He talks about how our lives should be spent in a state of advent, expecting and preparing for God to work in and through us.November 30, 2017
Working for Independent British Beer [with SIBA's Head of Comms and Marketing, Neil Walker]
Hop Forward: Getting You Ahead in the Brewing and Beer Business
In this week's episode, we catch up with Neil Walker, Head of Comms & Marketing for the Society of Independent Brewers Association ( In order to support growth, boost productivity and remove ‘cliff-edges’, the scheme’s taper will be smoothed. It will take effect more gradually over a wider range of production, starting at 2,100 hectolitres per year, and be converted to a cash basis. A technical consultation will be brought forward in the Autumn. The Government will also consult on the potential for a grace period for small breweries that decide to merge." The announcement has caused alarm and disgust amongst independent British brewers, who now face the prospect of an unknown duty hike should they fall between the annual hectolitreage, with no further details availing themselves until the Autumn budget announcements in October/November. Naturally, opinions have been divided and the discussions on the subject divisive. Many small independent breweries and commentators from within the UK industry, including ourselves, their dismay at the Small Brewers Duty Reform Coalition who have supported this change. And yet, on the other hand, breweries such as Timothy Taylor’s Chief Executive Tim Dewey has made an open statement on their website as to why they agree with the changes in beer duty. Further still, Oakham Ales - a member of SBDRC say that they ‘certainly do not agree with the reduction of the Small Brewers threshold – this is an unwarranted, punitive and unnecessary step.’ A position North Yorkshire's Black Sheep have also taken. This is all in a day's work for Neil and the team at SIBA, who have been also tackling reforms to licensing laws, working with the Northern Ireland Executive to see retail reforms there, and organising SIBA's first digital beer competition. For more information on SIBA and to find out how you can become and benefit from being a member, visit