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Sine Qua Non - a tasting dilemma
18 Oct 2012 by Julia Harding MW
Sine Qua Non, meaning 'a thing that is absolutely necessary', is said to be the archetypal cult wine. Apparently, you have to wait 7-10 years to get on the mailing list to be one of those lucky enough to get a few bottles from Manfred Krankl's total production of around 3,500 cases a year. I had never tasted an SQN wine before and was delighted to be able to taste a line up of 10 wines at this Roberson tasting in West London last week, and intrigued at what I would find behind the idiosyncratic and teasing labels (above and below). One of my fellow tasters, who was clearly very knowledgeable about Sine Qua Non, had been on...

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