Monthly Archives: May 2013

Conspiracy Is A Theory Like Evolution Is A Theory, Krümel

In the enological discipline to which we have dedicated our professional lives,  a ‘theory’ is a rigorously tested statement of general principle that explains observable and recorded aspects of wine, wineries and winos. In wine science, a theory stands until … Continue reading

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Bung, Bung, Bung, Bung: Mr. Sandeman, Bring Me A Port

How best to celebrate World Sherry Day, Sunday, May 26th? By writing about port, of course. Sherry Schmerry, Quite Contrary… …we know where your garden grows.  Spain, specifically Puerto de Santa María, Jerez and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  Don’t get me … Continue reading

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‘Tis Ignoble; The Grape’s a Bluffer…

‘There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow wines; true nobility is being superior to your former plonk.’ – Ernest Hemingway, more or less. Noble Grapes Earlier today, I had a spirited discussion about the genuine translation and import of … Continue reading

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Absinthe of ‘Alice’

Bernard Black (proprietor of Black Books) referred to it as ‘the drink that makes you want to kill yourself.’ Oscar Wilde claimed, ‘After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were…’, by which he may … Continue reading

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