Bubbles around the world (1): David’s choice

Our dear editor in chief (Hervé Lalau, for those who have no idea who runs this sloppy shop), in his great and incommensurable wisdom, has discretly suggested that we tune into the seasonal spirit this week by talking about sparkling wines. I had no particular objection to this, despite the fact that I seem to …

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Mixed bag for today (2): wine labels can tell many stories

I occasionally enjoy looking at old wine labels, and not just for the esthetic pleasure that their blast-from-the-past graphics, however different, simple, quaint or otherwise creative these may seem to us today. I look at them also beacause they can enlighten us about the wine scene of bygone days, and this may help us to …

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How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the …

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Penfolds and Henschke: tastings from two top Australian producers.

As I mentioned in a recent article, in successive weeks during October these two famous Australian producers were in Paris where they organized sit-down tastings of a wide selection from their ranges of wines. As there are as many similarities as differences of all kinds between these two producers, I thought it worth while to …

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