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Jefford on Monday: Gorgeous Viscera

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I live in the Languedoc, but I try not to write about it too often: I don’t want to bore you all. It’s been just six weeks since the last home post, but a vertical tasting has left me enraptured, and I can’t contain myself. Sorry.

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Father Ioseb

Empty bottles lined the windows, greening the grey Tbilisi afternoon; I sat next to Metropolitan Davit of Alaverdi in the gathering gloom. We stared together at a deeply coloured white wine in our glasses. It had been made at his monastery.

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Vallee du Rhone

It seemed a good plan. Take one day at the Rhône Découvertes tasting in Avignon. Some of the world's greatest wine bargains go to market as Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Rhône-Villages. Taste nothing else; try to discover as many new ones as possible. What could be a better use of eight hours?

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DWWA judging process

The distinction between wine writing (entertainingly educational, embracing all of wine’s cultural depth) and wine criticism (a consumer service, concerned with the description and assessment of individual wines) seems a useful one.

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Grower Champange couple, Maule Carignan,

Even the most moderate consumer of on-line wine-writing last year must have read somewhere or other about Vigno: Chile’s ‘Vignadores de Carignan’. This was partly a tribute to the Association’s roving ambassador, Derek Mossman Knapp, and his laid-back, understated but burr-like Canadian tenacity, but the main reason why my distinguished confrères pounced on the story was that it was a irresistible antidote to Chile’s sometimes bland image.

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Jefford on Monday

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