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Erik Satie: My kind of Barolo

I am still feeling a little giddy five hours after being swept of my feet by a quite unexpected Barolo. Over the last week or so I have been treated/subjected to the delights/posturing of a good few dozen Piemontese Nebbiolos … Continue reading

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Tengoku no Sake (Heaven’s Sake)

 I was a little tentative before going to the Kuromoto saké tasting at the Japan Foundation in London on the 15th of September. For quite some years I have been expounding the delights of Japanese rice wine to (mainly sceptical) … Continue reading

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2005/2009 And All That

   The following piece a wrote a year or so ago after a trip to the Rhône. It concerns the indifference shown by every producer we met towards the 2005 vintage in stark contrast to everyone else’s excitement. This was … Continue reading

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Points Mean Prizes: The Righteousness of Reviews & the Parkerization of Fear

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