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acidity

There is, surely, no topic of more compelling interest in wine chemistry than the question of acidity. There is, furthermore, no more vexed topic in wine aesthetics than the role of acidity. For these reasons, I hope a suitably qualified author (like the open-minded and thoughtful Jamie Goode) devotes an entire book to the subject one day.

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Andrew Jefford Frank Ward

Over Christmas, I sat down to dinner with a friend, the noted Deal wine collector and taster Frank Ward. We shared (with others) a bottle that, almost 30 years ago, he had paid just over £11 for. It is -- or was -- worth around £6,700 today.

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Kurniawan, fake wines, fake, fraud, rudi, dr conti,

Why was the trial of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan so compelling? It was, after all, hard to squeeze tears for the millionaires, braggarts and 'big boys' who were his erstwhile chums and eventual victims.

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Claudio Radenti of Freycinet with vineyards

Is Pinot Noir now Australia's most successful variety? The question would have seemed mocking a decade ago. It can be asked in all seriousness at the beginning of 2014.

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