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Jefford on Monday: Cape Enigma

DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch

It’s happened again. There I was, leaning back, my feet on the fender, toasting my toes in the firelight of comfortable certainty – then along comes a wine which singes my socks.

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Jefford on Monday: Kissing the Wind

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Limoux is the Languedoc's eccentric: sparkling wines and mountain whites from France's deep south. Thanks to the proactive kindness of the Anglo-Dutch Panman family of Ch Rives-Blanques, I got the chance to explore it recently. It's still challenging my imagination.

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Decanter World Wine Awards Consumer Tasting 2014

Tastes in wine vary from person to person. But take just one person: you. Do your tastes vary – in time?

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Gerard Bertrand

Forceful, ebullient, ruddy, hale, perhaps abrasive: that's what you'd expect of a former rugby international turned wine merchant.

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Jefford on Monday: France's No-Fly Zone

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Two words those who move to France quickly learn are interdire and interdiction: ‘to forbid’ and ‘ban’. I walked my 3- and 5-year-old sons across the playground of their maternity school when we first arrived here, and the first thing we saw was the list of ‘forbidden activities’ pinned to the wall. It seemed mildly depressing. Though I was -- after thinking it through -- in favour: we’d visited enough casualty departments already. Many French bans, by contrast, seem to me misguided. I’m tempted to include the ban on aerial vineyard treatments announced last month in France’s Journal Officiel.

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Award-winning writer Andrew Jefford's Monday column on Decanter.com