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Master of Wine Alex Hunt manages to be a brilliant taster, thinker, writer and musician. He probably has more talents of which we know not. Fortunately for us, every other month he writes a column for us loosely related to the business of tasting wine.

Today’s Throwback Thursday article is a historic throwback: Alex’s comments, published on Purple Pages yesterday, on a trove of 50-year-old photographs of the wine world as it was then. In my day job, I work for a wine company, and that company is 50 years old this year. One of my annual. More...
Alex and I both had the pleasure of attending this year's three-day dive into Bordeaux's 2010 vintage in Southwold recently.  See our  guide to coverage of this review of the 2010s , including all my tasting notes  - JR 'I can't stand people who generalise', a relative. More...
For incisive satire on the art world, my go-to source is Calvin & Hobbes . This brilliant comic strip features an impishly precocious six-year-old boy, Calvin, and his astute stuffed tiger, Hobbes. Modern art and art criticism were recurring targets of the strip's humour during its 10-year. More...
Once upon a time, there was a wine magazine called Wine magazine. If you don't remember it, and/or don't live in the UK where it was published, you can probably imagine it: it contained news about wine, articles about wine, and the results of themed, blind panel tastings of wine. For a few. More...
So, busy readers: breathe a sigh of relief. As well as the usual verbiage, this month's piece comes with pictures. The graph I used to illustrate last month's article on the meaning of scores , which depicted the frequency distribution of marks awarded by Jancis, seemed to pique some interest. More...
In this age of scientific accuracy, we are surrounded by precise numerical measurements that aid our decision-making. The power of a car, the price-earnings ratio of a share, the calorie content of a yoghurt are all simple, measurable facts that can affect whether or not we buy the thing in. More...
Of the many pertinent parallels between wine and music, this is a favourite of mine. Over the last two decades or so, producers have found themselves competing increasingly fiercely for the attention of buyers and consumers. They have exploited advances in technology to boost the intensity of. More...
It's confession time: I am from the cassette generation, although only just. My best friend in very early childhood was an old electric Bush gramophone with a lift-up lid and built-in speaker, capable of playing at all three speeds featured in my parents' record collection: 45 rpm ( Have You Ever. More...
'Would you like a drink?' 'Sherry.' 'Sherry.' 'Sherry?' 'Sherry.' 'Sherry.' Perhaps not the most famous of the many quotable passages in Withnail & I (image of Richard E Grant and Richard Griffiths © Hand Made. More...
5 Mar - In the original version of this review, Alex included a brief paragraph criticising the proofreading of this book. But since Tim reminded me that he had sent me an email explaining that the copy he sent me had not yet been proofread, I have of course removed this paragraph, and whipped. More...
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