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Points: for the Palate, or the Wine?

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Following on from last week’s post, this week I’m thinking of points again. Having said that, whereas last week I voiced a freshly-formed opinion that came from reading Terry Theise’s excellent Reading Between the Vines, my thoughts this week have been knocking around my head for much longer.
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Why the hell don’t you ever see a 100 point Chablis?

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It’s not a silly question. It’s very important. One simply never sees a 100/100 or a 20/20 point Chablis. Why? And why ask this of Chablis, rather than some other heralded dry white wine—when we al...
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Iconic Spanish wine from Torres, Mas La Plana is celebrating its 40th vintage launch

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Iconic Spanish wine from Torres, Mas La Plana is celebrating its 40th vintage launch this year and the wine is now available to the many lovers of ...
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'The Rising Tide of Organic Wine in Australia'

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The idea of letting mother nature take care of things in the vineyard to make for healthier vines, and better tasting wines might seem a little crazy than conventional wisdom would suggest, but the...
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Fabien Duboueix CSW CSS – Sommelier at Joël Robuchon Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Fabien Duboueix CSW CSS – Sommelier at Joël Robuchon Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore | Wine website, Wine magazine...What’s Hot Today on Wine Blogs? | Scoop.it
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Interview: Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen

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Sometimes what’s needed to sell a wine is a personality, or a character. I can think of a couple whom spring to mind; Etienne Hugel, Ernie Loosen, ...
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Conformity or Consensus? Online Wine Ratings

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The wines of Hugel, Alsace

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Visiting Hugel, one of Alsace's leading wine producers
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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Current Releases

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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Current Releases. The transitive property of wine at work. For many, the stony plateau of La Crau defines Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the highest point of the appellation, with a stunning view of Mont Ventoux on a clear day, and the sun beating down on the blinding white of its round stones known as galets roulés. Likewise, for many, the name Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is synonymous with La Crau, thanks to the estate's pioneering founder Hippolyte Brunier who cultivated his section of the plateau with diligence in the late 19th century despite the inherent difficulties involved. Is it any wonder, then, that for...
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Napa Wines and a Diversity of Opinions

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Napa Wines and a Diversity of Opinions. Who would have thought a simple little tasting of lesser known grape varieties made into wine in Napa would be so divisive? Last month, as many of you know, a bunch of journalists and aspiring journalists attended the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa. This three-day event offers a unique opportunity to both network with fellow wine writers, as well as to improve one's craft. The organizers (which includes me, by way of full disclosure, as a member of the event's advisory board) attempt to create an agenda that focuses partly on wine knowledge, partly on the craft...
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Northern Rhone 2012 en primeur tasting

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Northern Rhone 2012 en primeur tasting
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In Defense of Sommelier Certification

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I distinctly remember the night, about eight years ago, at Frasca in Boulder, Colorado-where I was working as a food runner at the time-when owner and wine
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Parker Comments on “Parkerization”

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Last week, some of the nation’s top wine writers gathered in Napa Valley for the annual Wine Writers Symposium. The most anticipated event took place at 8:30am on Wednesday. While wine writers typically aren't a morning bunch, the room was absolutely packed a full thirty minutes before Parker's arrival. Those who followed #WWS14 on Twitter were able to follow (and react) to Parker's remarks in real time. Bill Ward collected some of the best quotes, and Fred Swan has already reacted.

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The Iron Chevsky Wine Blog: Initial look at 2012 Burgundies

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La Clape’s White Secret

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In contrast to exquisite Provence, where the hills tumble like dominos into the sea, coastal Languedoc is flat and sandy: bucket-and-spadeland. Visually un-thrilling, unless you’re five-and-a-half.

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Some highlights from the Millesimes Alsace 2014

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So nice to be back in Alsace. It is such a beautiful wine region. I’m here for just a few days with a big group of UK wine journalists and sommeliers for Millesimes Alsace, a large tasting with more than 90 top producers,

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A Consumer Reaction to Natural Wine

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The natural wine movement is growing although some are calling it a fad. I think a fad aspect exists, especially with the idea that sulfites are evil, that wine should have none.

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“People plant grapes in the new world that sell – not grapes that suit the environment”

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“People plant grapes in the new world that sell – not grapes that suit the environment”, declares Eben Sadie as we sat down for lunch together ...
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Crack Smoking Wine PR

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The press release carried the title "Going Against the Trend Pays Off for..." (I'm leaving off the winemaker name because I don't think it's fair to pillory a winemaker because of lousy PR work).

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The "Temporibus" project: Wine archaeology meets crowdfunding

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An Italian winemaker attempts to produce 1st century wines via a 21st century approach: crowdfunding.
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Michel Bettane: a tragedy

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You name it, these wines dish it up: stale choucroute, old cheese rind, rancid butter, moldy dough and other malodorous flavors all spawned by the sexual antcs of the wold yeasts that end up driving the fermentation. –Michel Bettane on the subject of chenin blanc. Michel Bettane is the pre-eminant French wine critic and does not shy away from unsupported sensationalism. To prove it once again, he has written an article that places him in the forefront of lunacy with his recent essay in The World of Fine Wine, where he sits on the editorial board. In his The tragedy...
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Australia’s d’Arenberg: The Chester Osborn Interview

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Chester Osborn was born in 1962 into a wine making family, and raised on the family property where father d’Arry Osborn had begun producing wines ...
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Serine: The Pre-War Syrah

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Giving Consumers Blending Control

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Yves Cuilleron is something of a Rhone winemaking legend

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Yves Cuilleron is something of a Rhone winemaking legend. The King of Condrieu has been making wine since taking over the family estate after ...
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I'll have some Roussillon, hold the Rivesaltes

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Today I take pleasure in upending one of the most common wine story tropes: the “disappearing underappreciated wine” story. These stories play the emotions like a zither: loss, urgency to act, the opportunity to be one of a special group of people who appreciate exotic beauty. I’ve written a bunch of them: about Madeira, artisan …
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