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I have just published my very enthusiastic tasting notes on Chapoutier's 2009 Sélections Parcellaires . Because I was out of the country, I couldn't attend Michel Chapoutier's recent...

I have become increasingly concerned about the trend towards heavier and heavier bottles and their impact on the planet’s resources. You may remember Down with bodybuilder bottles...

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Patricia, London:   I admit to scepticism (cynicism?) every time I require both hands to lift a bottle of (supposedly) top quality red wine in a so-called blind tasting, in...

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This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. See also Alder on the US bulk wine market .    In the last few years there has been a huge...

Longstanding visitors to this site will know of my campaign against unnecessarily heavy bottles . I'm pleased that there is now much more awareness of the environmental cost of producing and...

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Anyone who takes a long-focus view of the earth can see that we are using up our resources far too fast. I'm delighted that awareness of the ecological effects of the use of heavyweight bottles,...

See our Guide to 2009 Rhône coverage . There are some lovely wines among the hundreds described below but my tastings of 2009 Châteauneuf reds was not unalloyed joy and there are also...

I'm in love. The other day I finally opened a large yellow and red box that had been sent to me by Fromm Vineyards in New Zealand and found that my dreams had come true. This box, called a...

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I have long thought that there are several fortunes to be made by enterprising industrial designers prepared to help us wine lovers out with some of our practical problems. The most obviously...

Oxidation, oxidation, oxidation. Not a recent UK election slogan modelled on Tony Blair's 2007 priorities for government, 'Education, education, education', but definitely a hot potato in the...

  See a new report on the potential for safely using lighter bottles for sparkling wines here . Unlike most, South Africa's wine industry is doing rather well in terms of exports,...

When Spanish wine producer, journalist and active purple pager Victor de la Serna told us on our members’ forum how much less his 2008 production would weigh after he switched to lighter...

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Those who have been following our campaign against unnecessarily heavy wine bottles (see, for example, Name and shame heavy bottles ) may be interested to know that the UK's biggest, and now...

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Given our long-standing campaign to promote lighter and more recyclable packaging, and especially to name and shame those who continue to use heavyweight bottles (see, most recently, Lighter...

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There are heartening signs that heavy wine bottles are on the way out.  As many of you know, we have been campaigning against bodybuilder bottles here since 2006.  We’ve also run...

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