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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Katsuobushi and Corked Wine

  A month in the life of a wine enthusiast. Wednesday 1st It seems that Katsuobushi is illegal in the EU. Unknowingly, I ordered two pieces from...

Rioja – Old Spanish Treasure

  A friend discovers a treasure trove of old Riojas. It was seven o’clock when my wife and I arrived at my friend’s house for dinner....

Wine Pairing at Home

  A wine group may well be the best way of enjoying fine wines without breaking the bank. Had it not been for my wine group...

A Summer’s Day in Burgundy (Cont’d.)

  Without a doubt Burgundy is the world’s most complex wine region. In fact, no other wine producing part of France, or the rest of...

A Summer’s Day in Burgundy

  We explore Burgundy and find it's much smaller than we imagined, with pretty villages and famous vineyards around every corner. Bruce asked the men...

PRIMING FOR PRIMEURS – New local options

  Buying wine ‘en primeur’. What is it? And is it worth it? With the news that a local wine merchant is to offer wines ‘en...

PALO CORTADO – Fact or Fiction?

  Palo Cortado, Jerez’s most enigmatic wine continues to raise controversy and disagreement not only amongst producers there but aficionados as well. One gets the...

Le Vin Lalou

To be a successful rock climber you should not have an overwhelming and disproportionate fear of falling. Lalou Bize-Leroy, lithesome and athletic after years...

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...