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    Blind leading the blind?

    Joss Fowler (pictured) wrote several revelatory articles for us a few months ago and muses below on the topic of our recent poll - results now…

    11 Jan 2016 Guest contributor
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    What do you think about blind tasting?

    12 January See the overwhelming results of this poll in Consumers prefer commentators to taste blind.31 December We suspect you may well have had some…

    31 Dec 2015 Team JR
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    Sniffing stones and other tasting notes

    3 December 2015 Since there has been a revival of interest in the concept of minerality on our members' forum recently, I thought it might be fun to…

    3 Dec 2015 Jancis Robinson
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    Behind the scenes as a wine judge

    Australian wine competitions are a notorious proving ground for the wine industry. For producers, they offer the opportunity of winning trophies for…

    25 Nov 2015 Richard Hemming MW
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    Correlating scores and the scorers

    Fine-wine merchant Joss Fowler comes off the fence on the question of scoring wines. See also his earlier articles on What Bordeaux did for Barolo and…

    18 Aug 2015 Guest contributor
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    The aesthetics of wine

    19 Mar 2015  In view of Ferran's very interesting article Is wine a tasting note or a drawing? published earlier this week about 'drawing' rather than…

    19 Mar 2015 Jancis Robinson
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    Is wine a tasting note or a drawing?

    In 1983, Howard Garner, psychologist and Harvard professor, presented a new model to explain intelligence, differentiating nine independent kinds of…

    18 Mar 2015 Ferran Centelles
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    How to flatter fine wine

    A few months ago I wandered, for the first time, into a deli-cum-wine shop near my house in south-east London. I started chatting to the assistant,…

    2 Dec 2014 Alex Hunt MW
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    Winemaking comes back down to earth

    The last few weeks have been better than most for wine stories in the British press. First, the Daily Mail ran a piece in which a wine expert tasted…

    4 Aug 2014 Alex Hunt MW
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    Seeing the truth about scoring

    Everything is relative. Take, for example, scoring 20/20. For eyesight it’s considered merely normal; for wine it is anything but. Furthermore,…

    17 Jun 2014 Richard Hemming MW
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    Are wine tasters idiots?

    Today's Throwback Thursday offering is one of Alex Hunt MW's bi-monthly columns, first published on 5 December 2013. They are so well written and…

    5 Jun 2014 Alex Hunt MW
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    Triangles v fronds

    Q: When is a triangle not a triangle?A: When it's a woman's thigh.The basis for this riddle comes towards the end of Tate Modern's current headline…

    4 Jun 2014 Alex Hunt MW
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    Blind tasting - book review

    Writing about music, it has been said, is like dancing about architecture. The same might be said for writing about wine tasting. Words are a poor…

    23 Apr 2014 Richard Hemming MW
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    Great Riesling tasting - special offer

    Calling all Riesling lovers who will be in or near London on the evening of Monday 12 May. Purple Pagers can benefit from a 25% discount and pay…

    15 Apr 2014 Julia Harding MW
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    Down Memory Lane

    Today’s Throwback Thursday article is a historic throwback: Alex’s comments, published on Purple Pages yesterday, on a trove of 50-year-old…

    3 Apr 2014 Alex Hunt MW