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Wine classification: do we really need it?

My initial reaction to reading Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer's (3rd) classification of New Zealand Pinot Noir was akin to that of watching your 15 year-old brother being dragged out of school to go and work in the mills. Why does such an interesting and growing wine country need a classification that only implies stasis?....MORE

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Reclaiming wine's middle ground

I have a friend whose uncle is a pig-farmer in Normandy. The animals live in a big warehouse, where they are penned-in; they walk on grills so the excrement falls through and is easier to clean; and they never see the daylight, or a field....MORE

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Online wine writing and ethics

'It's easy to have ethics when you've got lots of money,' was the oft-quoted, ironic call of the Wine Writers' Symposium session on wine writing and ethics. At least it was on Twitter. It's an ironic comment aimed, more likely than not, at the likes of Robert Parker who can afford to buy-in thousands of bottles a year and taste them while keeping to his high ethical standards....MORE

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Gallo, Red Bicyclette, Pinot Noir and reality

What the E&J Gallo Pinot Noir scandal teaches us about our own connection wine, how we really taste, what this means about the 'mythology' of wine and our own perception of 'terroir'...MORE

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Wine and health

More than ever, we live in a world of symbols. In a strange form of metonymy, our interpretation of what goes on around us often takes the radical part to symbolise the whole. Artists are a crazy bunch of pig-tattoists, Muslims are all potential terrorists, and all wine drinkers are alcoholics....MORE

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The consumer must not become a wine critic

The title pretty much explains where I'm going. It follows Beverley Blanning MW's reappraisal of Tim Hanni MW's comments on her blog...MORE

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Why Malcolm Gluck is wrong

When he wrote for wine trade mag Harpers many moons ago, Malcolm Gluck was one of those people I loved to hate. Harpers probably realised that there were many people like me who used to tear open the plastic around the magazine,...MORE

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Do wine critics really talk bunk?

Not much by way of preamble: if you haven't seen this or this where have you been? The only point that everyone seems to have missed in the discussion about the need (or not) for wine critics is this:...MORE

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