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I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home. Hardly top fun, I know, but at least it would be objective.

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DWWA judging images

I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home. Hardly top fun, I know, but at least it would be objective.

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Jefford on Monday: Happy Birthday BB

Breaky Bottom

The only European vineyard I know intimately is celebrating, tomorrow, the fortieth anniversary of its planting.

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2014 Merlot Angelus

Cool nights, fingers of mist caressing the dips and dimples in the land, then long days of lavish sunshine: Bordeaux's weather during the first week of September had an almost eerie perfection to it. And not before time: the celestial taps have been gushing all summer.

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Jean Marc Roulot from Domaine Roulot

Back in April, I used the word 'vinosity' in a blog about white Chateauneuf du Pape. One of Decanter's two Chinese translators, Sylvia Wu, queried the word with me. She'd looked it up, and it seemed to mean 'wine-like'. Was I saying that a wine was wine-like? If so, was it really worth saying?

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