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Mount Everest

I wasn’t in Izmir in June, but I will be in November. It’s Turkey’s year on the wine world’s sorting table. The world’s fourth largest grape-growing nation is preparing to host the European Wine Bloggers Conference between November 9th and 11th: fun, insight and controversy beckons.

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Jefford on Monday: Mind Games

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What, exactly, has happened inside the heads of the UK’s wine purchasers? Something, it would seem, rather strange. Four years of financial crisis and an ever-accelerating tax take is having contrarian effects. Either that, or the collective unconscious has decided that the big binge is over, and that it really is time for British wine drinkers to drink less, but better.

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Perpignan

The world's greatest winemakers receive global adulation. A few wine writers aspire to that kind of celebrity. Wine photographers enjoy increasing recognition for their work. Who, though, can recite the names of the wine world's most skilled cartographers?

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Caroline Mooney

I have mixed feelings about social media. I remember watching a young Asian couple, out to dinner together in a top London restaurant a month or two ago. Except they weren’t together: they photographed the dishes and the wine bottle on their phones, and then spent the rest of the evening tweeting, texting and posting, with barely a word exchanged.

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Jefford on Monday: The Tipping Point

Terrasses du Larzac

After an unusually grumpy spring, the Languedoc summer is beginning to surge. The bees are harrying the lavender; the nightingales have stopped singing, their marital arrangements concluded; linden trees spill scent over village boules pitches.

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

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