Category Archives: Wine Tasting

Wine and words are tough bedfellows. Barbara Hepworth, asked what a sculpture meant, said ‘If I could put it into words I would have written a book.’ There’s always a deep imprecision about analysing wine but words (unless you are … Continue reading

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The Institute of Masters of Wine, the club for the biggest brains in wine whose members pass the very tough exam, had a brainstorm last week. After champagne tastings of classic ‘Big Champagne’ houses Taittinger, Krug and Salon in the … Continue reading

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In Part 1, I said the main point of wine tasting is to judge quality.  And I said quality is objective, based on an aesthetic model of wines’ balance, length, intensity and complexity.  The ability to improve and become even more … Continue reading

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A recurrent conversation, if you are a fizz nerd like me, is whether or not tasting champagne is any different from learning how to taste any other kind of wine. In this Part 1 I write about all wine.  Part 2 will be … Continue reading

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Tasting wines when you don’t know what they are is wine buff sport to many, but de rigueur if you do wine exams. It’s also the most honest way of deciding how good a wine is. A lot of wine … Continue reading

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Good wine’s march out from its past limited to the French classics and a few un-French fortifieds has also run parallel with changes in the terms wine tasters use to describe and analyse wine.  Tasting terms are notoriously imprecise of course.  It … Continue reading

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I’ve long thought that published scores for wines in the wine consumer press are meaningless.  Most of the wines seem to do amazingly well.  Imagine if every car magazine scored each road test at about 85- 92%.  It should make … Continue reading

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From a secret island in Virginia, the courageous Parker family run an organization called International Rescue.  When a wine is in trouble anywhere in the world a big score miraculously transforms its fortunes.  Milady:  “What’s it worth Parker?”  Parker:  “Ooh… … Continue reading

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If you already love good German wine, especially its modern exponents who can work wonders with dry and off-dry wines that go well with food, you have probably heard already of The Wine Barn.  If not, it is Iris Ellman’s baby and … Continue reading

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In the run-up to Christmas (oh yes, in the corporate event world we are well into the run-up as soon as summer is over),  it’s important to remember what makes a wine tasting work.  We’ve been doing them for 15 … Continue reading

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