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Vines at end summer Pic St Loup

For many French winegrowers, 2013 has been a catalogue of anguish. Unhelpful flowering weather meant a generally poor fruitset, and brutal summer hailstorms cut swathes through a number of vineyard regions (notably the Central Loire, Cahors and the Côte de Beaune). That disappointing spring suggested the 2013 harvest was always going to be late; a muted summer confirmed it. The risk, then, was that the weather would break prior to or during harvest.

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Star Trek drinking red wine

I am not a Trekkie, but I respect scholarship, so apologies to any wine-loving Star Trek fans who consider the following detail elementary. Drinks served on Starfleet vessels and bases were made with synthehol: a substance which had the same beneficial effects as alcohol, but none of its harmful ones. Is the idea about as credible as bio-mimetic gel or emergency transporter armbands?

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100 yr old cellar Seppeltsfield Winery Barossa Valley

I was lucky enough to drink two 1963s on successive nights recently. One, tragically, was rather better than the other. Let me tell you about the bottles. Then I’ll explain the tragedy.

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Gewurztraminer Alsace

What do we mean by 'a grape variety' or cultivar? Does its name on a label tell us about the taste of wine -- or about human longing for conceptual simplicity?

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

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