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    Price, wine and general relativity

    Over the course of two years, you can achieve great things: establish a new vineyard, barrel-age a Chardonnay, or divorce yourself from a political…

    10 May 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    Video games and wine - the next level?

    It’s a reasonably well-known fact that the video games industry makes more money than the film industry - more than twice as much, according to some…

    12 Apr 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    Reality and wine – are tasting notes all wrong?

    Optical illusion courtesy of MedithIT Implicitly, we trust our senses. Our sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell are constantly assessing the…

    8 Mar 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    The terrifying spectre of global political unrest, broccoli, and wine

    Searching the news headlines for stories to inspire a light-hearted wine column has proved a somewhat gloomy exercise recently. In this light, even…

    8 Feb 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    Unnatural selection

    Hands up who’s had a Caesarean section? On average, that should be around 35% of all mothers. And, for avoidance of doubt, 0% of everyone else. But…

    11 Jan 2017 Richard Hemming MW
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    Don't believe all that you drink

    It is undeniably true that we either do or do not live in an age of misinformation.  Your own opinion on this matter may well be determined by what…

    14 Dec 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Conspiracy theories

    Conspiracy theories are by definition undebunkable. Indeed, undebunkability is woven into the very fabric of their being, because any argument…

    9 Nov 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Avoiding the norm

    When questioned, the majority of car drivers think they are better at driving than most other car drivers. In fact, one survey revealed that no…

    12 Oct 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Copyright or copywrong?

    ‘European Foods Ltd manufacture probably the best tasting cheese alternative in Europe. We can add mature cheddar for a real cheese taste, if you…

    14 Sep 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Alchemy and epiphany

    At the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice there are 13 Pollocks: 11 by Jackson and two by his brother Charles. But did you know that when…

    10 Aug 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Blend ambition

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fire of my loins electrocuted the Rosenbergs. Which goes to show that some things are definitely…

    13 Jul 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Speaking of wine

    After excoriating scoring here several months ago, let the spittoon of scorn now pour forth on its tasting-note bedfellow, the language of wine.…

    8 Jun 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Appellation Utopia Côntrolée

    In the infinity of parallel universes, there is a world identical to ours in every way but one: wine doesn’t exist. Imagine, if you dare, a scenario…

    11 May 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    The price of quality

    Bill Bryson, the tireless chronicler of British whimsy, once observed that you can ‘give two or more men in a pub the names of any two places in…

    13 Apr 2016 Richard Hemming MW
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    Insoluble suppositories

    Grot is the name of a shop that sold absolute rubbish at vastly inflated prices. It was dreamt up by a disillusioned sales executive driven mad by…

    9 Mar 2016 Richard Hemming MW