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Monday, February 19, 2018

VILLAINS AND WINES – Far East Fakes

In 2012 when the FBI broke into Rudy Kurniawan’s house, in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles, they were confronted with bags of fake...

IS WINE POISON? – We have the facts

Humans have been consuming wine for thousands of years. We are part of a handful of mammals that can tolerate alcohol, and many believe...

BEST BELLINI – Shoes, widow and Prosecco

After two days and nights, Lachlan and the widow forced through lack of food, if not wine, finally left their luxury suite in Venice’s...

WHITER SHADE OF PALE – It’s a grape thing

It would seem that most wine geeks have, in their past, experienced that special bolt from the blue moment which forever changed them from...

GREAT WINES – great Christmas

Many years ago, when the Crusades against Islam were ongoing and the Moors still ruled Granada, a girl named Eleanor became one of the...

VINTAGE AND CRUSTED PORT – Captain St James and his two...

Captain St James was a very contented bigamist. The Golden Fleece, plying trade between Gibraltar and Morocco in the 1950s, allowed him to keep...

ENGLISH WINE – Could it one day challenge Champagne?

If you think English wine is an oxymoron, think again. It would appear that with the onslaught of global warming, Brexit, and the undoubted...

GERMAN WINES – and why we should all be drinking them

Germany may have failed to control Europe for a third time but its wines conquered wine aficionados decades ago, presenting those in the know...

PREMIER GRAND CRUS – A brief look at the irrational world...

I can’t recall the last time I was asked if I had plans for a Monday evening.  That vague, post weekend interlude where we feel...

CHIANTI DISCERNED – Memories from the 70s

It would appear that memory distortion in humans is common and according to scientists, no one is immune. This suggests we should be cautious...