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The Grape Gatsby

The Raw Material: How to Make Wine Red  In the time of the Great Gatsby, clothes certainly did make the man. However, strip away the illusion of fashionable wealth; what have you got? The naked truth. To Mark Twain, clothes … Continue reading

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‘Pressed’ for the Occasion

Assessing Quality   Sometimes less is more. Much as we might yearn to taste a 1948 Château Pétrus, we probably wouldn’t want to drink such a phenomenal wine day in and day out. Sometimes, a simple table wine is exactly what … Continue reading

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The ‘Sole’ behind the Theory

PS Formal Tastings: What They Don’t Tell You When your head’s brimming with theory, it only makes sense to put it to the test. Sometimes this can lead to the uncomfortable realization that theory is like a pair of new shoes: … Continue reading

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At Table

Formal Tastings  A tasting can sometimes resemble the story of the Wedding at Cana where the best wine was apparently saved for last. However, in tastings today, the trick is not saving the best for last but rather, deciding what … Continue reading

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For the Records

Keeping Clear and Consistent Records  I just love historical trivia. Once a guest confided to me the “real” origin of the term riserva. It seems the term was coined during a time when drinking water was scarce. What water was … Continue reading

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Déjà vu

Wine and Words Déjà vu comes from the French expression “already seen” coined in 1903. It’s that strange sensation that what you are now experiencing has happened before. Here it is in a sentence: “I knew I had never seen … Continue reading

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Good to the Last Drop

Leftover Wine  When is a Burgundy – or even a Budweiser – a Merlot? No, I haven’t been peering too deeply into my cups. Quite the contrary: I’m facing the same dilemma comparative wine tasters all over the world are … Continue reading

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