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Asolo - Prosecco that Knows its Place

Asolo - Prosecco that Knows its Place

There is no doubt that Prosecco is the go-to wine for wine lovers seeking s fun, fresh and fruity fizz. It is a wine that can be enjoyed without breaking into eulogies and without breaking the bank.

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Pommery England - The Age of Reason

Pommery England - The Age of Reason

The renaissance of English wine began in 1951, when Major General Guy Salisbury Jones planted a 1acre vineyard at Hambledon in Hampshire. Guy died in 1985, before English wine became so acclaimed....

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Zoning in on Bardolino

Zoning in on Bardolino

Although I admit that I am fickle, in the last couple of decades I have fallen in love with north-eastern Italy and its wines. It’s not me getting older, but there has been a renaissance in quality.

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Almaviva - 25 Years

Almaviva - 25 Years

To my mind and palate, Almaviva is the top Icon Wine of Chile. If ever there was wine that interweaves ripeness of the New World with the ' sense of place' of the old, this is the one.

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Awards Ceremony in Bordeaux

Awards Ceremony in Bordeaux

I was thrilled to receive the coveted Prix de 'l'OIV (Oenology Category) at the awards ceremony held at the iconic Cité du Vin in Bordeaux on 30th September. The award was for my book 'Wine Faults...

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Book Review: Mastering the Art of Enjoying Wine: From Enology to Enosophy

Book Review: Mastering the Art of Enjoying Wine: From Enology to Enosophy

Sharing perceptions of wine, by both consumers and professionals, has probably taken place throughout the 8000 years of wine history. In the decades following World War 2, various structured systems

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Gold in the Silver Mine

Gold in the Silver Mine

In the very north of Italy’s Alto Adige (also known as Sűdtirol) there is a an old silver mine. No mining has taken place here for 50 years, but today deep in the mine and 4 kilometres into the ....

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Wine Trade Fairs - In Extremis

Wine Trade Fairs - In Extremis

I have little doubt that the halcyon days of great wine trade fairs are behind us. The world’s largest fair, ProWein, saw visitor numbers fall this year to 38,000 from a 2019 figure of 61,500.

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Awards Ceremony and Food Symposium in Umeå

Awards Ceremony and Food Symposium in Umeå

I was delighted to receive an award and make two presentations at the International Food Symposium and Gourmand Awards Ceremony held in Umeå in the north of Sweden from June 1st to 5th. Umeå lies wi

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Richard Bost Tribute Tasting

Richard Bost Tribute Tasting

I have written elsewhere about my fascination with success, and the multitude of factors that have to come together to achieve it. Perhaps harder to define is just what is success, especially when we

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Life and Wine on the Edge

Life and Wine on the Edge

I am often reminded as to how precarious life is. Somebody who is strong today can be gone tomorrow, on account of illness, age, or tragic accident. In life, I am fascinated by both success .....

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Wines of the Heart and Soul

Wines of the Heart and Soul

Once in a while I am truly moved by a wine. A wine that sends a shiver down the spine, or brings tears to my eyes. A cultural experience, that might be compared with listening to Jonas Kaufmann.....

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