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Some Bastille Day thoughts from Nick. Schadenfreude, joy provoked by the misery of others, is not a sentiment many of us will feel the day after Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time in its history. But this is a feeling widely felt when some natural disaster, such as the. More...
In How to be a wine faker , I argued that the most effective way for wine counterfeiters to establish their credentials is to start by organising some top-quality tastings of genuine rarities and then, in successive events, to gradually increase the number of fake wines served. I made a. More...
At the launch of Graham's Ne Oublie last week I was asked by a Portuguese television interviewer what I thought of the price. Most unfortunately she gave me the wrong price: 600 rather than 6,000 euros apiece, which, needless to say, I thought was relatively reasonable. I muttered darkly that I. More...
Ancient wood-aged port? Check. Late nineteenth century pedigree? Check. Hand-crafted presentation box? Check. Bespoke crystal decanter? Check. Scottish stopper? Check. Last week, with spooky synchronicity, the two big rival port houses, The Fladgate Partnership and Symington Family. More...
Everything is relative. Take, for example, scoring 20/20. For eyesight it’s considered merely normal; for wine it is anything but. Furthermore, vinous quality is assessed in a subjective way, whereas visual acuity uses an objective scale with de facto conclusions – for instance, 20/200 is. More...
Tamlyn Currin is our queen of the tasting notes database, now nearly 100,000-strong, and does a wonderful job doing her best to keep, in particular, wine names consistent. Her heart sinks when wine names are changed, so I wonder how she will greet the news that this week I learned of name changes. More...
The 2010 Barolo vintage, which was received with much excitement earlier this year, especially in the United States, was, as is traditional, launched to the media this May in Alba, the epicentre of Piemonte's Nebbiolo. While a generous preview of more than 100 wines in London earlier this year. More...
27 June 2014: In response to my final comment below, about the Bachelet 2009s, Bill Nanson tells me that the Denis Bachelet  Côte de Nuits-Villages 2011  he recently tasted with Bachelet at the domaine did not seem to be tainted at all, unlike the two bottles opened at the London. More...
Taste for yourself if you're around London next month. See this offer for Purple Pagers. Now that the dust has settled, even on the wines of 2012, one can take the opportunity to draw some meaningful comparisons between three very different vintages in Germany, 2010, 2011 and. More...
Yohan Castaing writes: The book Vino Business has caused quite a stir in the world of wine since its recent publication here in France. Its author Isabelle Saporta is a French journalist for the general radio channel Europe 1 and is a specialist in agriculture and food. Her book. More...
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