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The mother of one of our village friends stopped me at the market a couple of Sundays ago. She and her partner have a wine domain in Fitou, about three hours from here – one of the few privately run domains, in fact, in what is an intensely cooperative-dominated area.

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Jefford on Monday: Fire and the Vine

Fires from McHenry Hohnen Winery

The bushfire which took place just under a month ago close to Prevelly, in the Wallcliffe sector of Margaret River, is a reminder that Christmas usually means the start of the 'bushfire season' in Australia. Only 5 ha of vines were actually singed in this case, but smoke taint is, as usual, as significant a threat. The chemical markers for this are guaiacol and 4-mythylguaiacol.

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What’s going on in the Douro? While wine drinkers across the wintry north smile at the prospect of a decanter brimming with vintage or crusted port to illuminate Christmas, those who grew the grapes are fearful and anxious – and not simply because of the travails of the euro and the battered Portuguese economy.

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Friuli

The USA, according to one report released earlier this year, has overtaken France to become the world’s biggest wine-consuming nation, with 330 million cases downed in 2010. Admittedly in per-capita consumption it ranks a rather weedy 57th, but if you have 312.6 million citizens, they don’t have to drink much more than a teaspoonful each to make a difference.

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Jefford on Monday

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