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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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Château Lassègue  - A Reborn Saint-Émilion Estate Comes of Age

Château Lassègue - A Reborn Saint-Émilion Estate Comes of Age

Just before this year’s harvest at Château Lassègue, I had a long talk with winemaker Nicolas Seillan. I have been both a lover and admirer of the wines for 10 years, and wanted to know more....

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Awards Ceremony in Paris

Awards Ceremony in Paris

At the 26th Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Paris, held on 29th and 30th November 2021, I was honoured to receive awards for two books, and was really pleased the event could take place 'live'.

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The International Drink Expo at London's ExCel

The International Drink Expo at London's ExCel

The International Drinks Expo is making it’s much-anticipated return to London's ExCeL on 9th & 10th November. I am presenting a seminar. Free tickets are available for this great two day event.

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A brief history of cork closures

A brief history of cork closures

You may read in many books that the use of cork as a wine stopper was discovered by the French monk, Dom Perignon. This is certainly not the case. The year 1680 has been stated as when the Benedicti

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Wine and music have much in common, and my tastes in both are very wide. I confess to being a failed classical musician – when I was at school I had dreams of being a trumpet player and composer.

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There's a new crater in Saint-Émilion

There's a new crater in Saint-Émilion

Change comes slowly in the wine world, and nowhere more so than in Bordeaux. Sometimes a stir is created with new construction, such as the new buildings at Beychevelle, Lynch Bages and Talbot.

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