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Looking at the world through wine glasses
Every time Margaret Thatcher met someone  whom she believed to share her views , she apparently used to underline their names on a piece of paper; privately  she would refer to them as 'one of us'. Those who disagreed with her were, by contrast, thought to ...
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Why wine writing is just like wine labels
So, do you know what this wine tates like and where it comes from? How mind-numbingly boring can I make this first paragraph? Which sets of colourless words can I summon up that will be guaranteed to make all but the most obsessive readers give up and head ...
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Wine shouldn't be for investment. Should it?
Wine shouldn't be bought for investment; it's for drinking. And no wine should ever cost $1,000. To which I'd respond, why not?  I guess it depends whether you accept - as I do - that the laws of supply and demand are as inescapable as the laws of time and ...
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What top opinion pollsters don't know about social media
According to a press release I have just received from Gallup " Americans Say Social Media Have Little Sway on Purchases". A  ' Web and mail study of 18,525 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older,'    apparently discovered that   "A clear majority of Americans say ...
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Excellent, Perfect or Fit for purpose?
Image stolen from Two Friars & A Fool ,  a blog by a US Presbyterian minister  with whom I reckon - as a confirmed agnostic -  I could enjoy a good conversation.  “The pursuit of excellence…”, “giving it
your upmost”, “striving for perfection”… All unarguab...
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London gets its mojo back
Way back in March 2012, I wrote a post called " Last Chance to Save the London International Wine Fair ". It was one of the most widely read and discussed pieces I penned at the time and elicited a wide range of mostly positive responses. Among these, incid...
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Minervois latest victim of hail
After the widespread coverage of the impact of hail on some of the best vineyards in Burgundy's Cote d'Or, it was the turn of Minervois and Corbières vineyards in Languedoc Roussillon to be ravaged by hailstones. Early estima...
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Social Media - where it's not rude to interrupt other people's conversations
Yesterday, on a London bus, a complete stranger who'd evidently overheard me struggling with a question - helpfully provided the answer. The details of what we were talking about, and the  contribution from the  girl sitting behind us,  are actually irrelev...
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Go to the devil?
Michel Rolland: a devil to some - but not to me I can’t help admiring producers who don’t rely on someone else to tell them how to make their wine. Most of the bottles I enjoy drinking reflect their origin, as well as the input of the person who grew and fe...
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Why is en primeur subject to different rules?
Last week, a new Consumer Rights Directive became law across the EU. Apart from limiting the supplement retailers can charge for paying with a credit card and the amount they can make from making unhappy customers wait on premium phone lines while desperate...
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Bulk wine, the Appellation system - and how China is changing the game
Can you remember who made the last Chablis, Sancerre, Côtes du Rhône or Chianti you drank outside your home? As a reader of this post - and thus someone with at least a passing interest in wine - maybe you can, but I'll bet most ordinary consumers would hav...
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London gets its mojo back - the 2014 Wine Fair
Way back in March 2012, I wrote a post called " Last Chance to Save the London International Wine Fair ". It was one of the most widely read and discussed pieces I penned at the time and elicited a wide range of mostly positive responses. Among these, incid...
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