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    Madeira needs you!

    In a laudable example of bandwagons being pulled by hobby horses, wine aficionados have been showing palpable concern for the recently stricken island…

    26 Feb 2010 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 8

    Since part 7, I have completely revised my revision plans. Before the week-long seminar in Rust, I had written extensive notes on papers one and two,…

    22 Feb 2010 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 7

    All MW students experience, at some point in their studies, the feeling that they are utterly incapable of ever passing the exam. I, at least,…

    27 Jan 2010 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 6

    After the Transformer (for my nephew), necklace (for my girlfriend), and wine (for almost everyone else), there was one last thing I needed to wrap…

    13 Jan 2010 Richard Hemming MW
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    Malbecs overpriced and great value

    At the generic Argentina tasting in London last September, I stumbled upon a tin can left on the floor. On it were written the words: 'Worms! Do NOT…

    7 Jan 2010 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 5

    When I got divorced at the tender age of 26 (long story), I noticed to my horror a sudden spate of balding had accompanied the process. Forget the…

    23 Dec 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    The influence of Twitter?

    This has spawned a lively thread in our Members' forum. I am at pains to stress that this is entirely Richard’s idea. I had no glimmer that he…

    11 Dec 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Chile's first classic - a retrospective

    See also Richard on why Chile isn't boring. They say that Don Melchor is foremost amongst Chilean wines. They also say that the Chileans are an…

    8 Dec 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 4

    The game is afoot. This week, I and several dozen wannabe MWs congregated at the Austrian Trade Commission in London for our official introduction to…

    4 Dec 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Trench warfare in Chile

    Until recently, I had always viewed Chilean wine as a bit like vacuum-packed pasta: dependable and functional but hardly exciting. On cursory…

    3 Dec 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Tesco - a store audit

    Tesco enjoys that peculiarly English distinction of being roundly castigated by everyone but their shareholders for being an extremely large…

    20 Nov 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Australia's magic bullet?

    What a shame it is that the global balance of mongering is so askew. Wail as we might, mongering of fish and cheese becomes scarcer whilst mongering…

    19 Nov 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Ambition in Marlborough

    To European colonists, the Marlborough region in New Zealand must have looked ideal for grape-growing: striking hillsides offering every thinkable…

    16 Nov 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Diary of an MW student - part 3

    After my last diary entry, bemoaning the financial perils of juggling self-employment, loan applications and the MW course fees, I received a…

    4 Nov 2009 Richard Hemming MW
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    Pinotage - misunderstood?

    Richard Hemming kicks off a week that will see quite a number of tasting notes on some of South Africa's most exciting wines. To find out more about…

    2 Nov 2009 Richard Hemming MW