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This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. I write all too often about the detail of specific wines and all too rarely about the mechanics of how to serve and...

For me, choosing the right wine to serve on a particular occasion is almost as thrilling as the wine itself - perverse as that may seem. It gives me real pleasure to feel that the bottle, or...

As I sat crouched over my laptop last Thursday night in the comfortable latest branch of 28-50 in Maddox Street, London W1, I was aware of the large table next to me filling up and of a few...

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See the video specially made by Ferran for JancisRobinson.com at the bottom of this article, and the discussion the article engendered on the forum . Somewhere around 2001, I...

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Written in conjunction with Yohan Castaing. After being runner-up in the last two contests to be crowned best sommelier in the world, Paulo Basso of Conca Balla in Vacallo on the Swiss-Italian...

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Sommelier auction closes today! Bid  here We all know the problem any serious collector of anything experiences. The collection assumes a size and complexity way in excess of any...

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This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. What to give a wine lover? The obvious choice is of course our new book Wine Grapes , recently voted Best Book...

The temperature, we were told, was set at precisely 20 ºC, but it felt peculiarly cooler than that as our party walked into the shadowy dining hall of an immaculate château in Reims. As we found...

30 Aug - See below for a response re the proliferation of red wine grapes in Nierstein. On Monday, Michael Schmidt and I sat side by side at your service on the first of this year's two-day...

For most wine fans, having the right glass is almost as important as having the right wine to go in it. Riedel is by far the most significant name in this field and rightfully so, since they...

This article was also published in the Financial Times. For several very different reasons I recently accepted an invitation to be one of the five judges of the UK Sommelier of the Year 2011...

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This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. Since Nick is straying into my territory this week by writing about sommeliers , I thought I would venture into...

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11 Jun - On the day of the announcement of an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Gérard I learned that although Laurent has indeed gone to Nottingham, Laura Rhys has decided to stay at...

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This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. It is a long way from a teetotal, non-meat-eating ashram in Florida to choosing wine for China's top government...

As you might imagine, my email Inbox has to be extremely capacious and robust (not least to accommodate invective associated with the vexed question of screwcaps ). A couple of recent emails...

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