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  • Article Hemming's spittoon

    The flaws of the scores

    Richard wonders why wine scores are so enduring when they are so obviously fallible.  Last month, I tasted around 50 Condrieus from the 2017 vintage…

    12 Dec 2018 Richard Hemming MW
  • Article Alder on America

    Enologix - same as it ever was in Napa

    Fifteen years ago, at the height of wine critic Robert Parker’s influence and fame, WIRED magazine wrote an article about Enologix, an obscure company…

    16 Jan 2017 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Don't quote me

    Behind the scenes as a wine judge

    Australian wine competitions are a notorious proving ground for the wine industry. For producers, they offer the opportunity of winning trophies for…

    25 Nov 2015 Richard Hemming MW
  • Article Free for all

    Correlating scores and the scorers

    Fine-wine merchant Joss Fowler comes off the fence on the question of scoring wines. See also his earlier articles on What Bordeaux did for Barolo and…

    18 Aug 2015 Guest contributor
  • Article Don't quote me

    Seeing the truth about scoring

    Everything is relative. Take, for example, scoring 20/20. For eyesight it’s considered merely normal; for wine it is anything but. Furthermore,…

    17 Jun 2014 Richard Hemming MW
  • Article Alex on taste

    What's in a number? Part the Second

    So, busy readers: breathe a sigh of relief. As well as the usual verbiage, this month's piece comes with pictures. The graph I used to illustrate last…

    5 Aug 2013 Alex Hunt MW
  • Article Alex on taste

    What's in a number?

    In this age of scientific accuracy, we are surrounded by precise numerical measurements that aid our decision-making. The power of a car, the…

    4 Jul 2013 Alex Hunt MW
  • Article Don't quote me

    I fought the OIV score sheet and the score sheet won

    Last month I took part in the Concorso Enologico Internazionale, or International Wine Competition in Verona, set up and run by Veronafiera, the…

    13 Dec 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Alex on taste

    The problem with perfection

    Perhaps it's a British thing. We are wary of over-enthusiasm, and condescending towards excessive praise. At least, that's the stereotype, and I…

    2 May 2012 Alex Hunt MW
  • Article Free for all

    How to score wine

    Imagine going to an art gallery and being asked to fill in a form assigning scores to each work. It does sound pretty difficult and of questionable…

    16 Sep 2002 Jancis Robinson