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Savennières

Democratic, certainly. Perhaps you could call it socialist. Maybe even communist, such is the rigour with which every exhibitor is scythed down to the same level -- but let’s settle on ‘egalitarian’, for the sake of political neutrality.

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Jefford on Monday: Jar Shock

Jars Clos d'Un Jour Jefford

Anyone who visits wine cellars regularly will have noted clay, concrete or earthenware jars of various sizes and forms stealthily invading the world's wineries, both modest and grand. (And there is nothing grander than the harem of pale, shapely amphorae in which around 35 per cent of the Pontet Canet harvest is aged each year.)

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Jefford on Monday: Heading South

Hemel en Aarde valley

Anyone seeking dental refuge from the searching acidity which will have been on display at London's recent 2013 burgundy tastings could have done worse than made their way south this weekend. All the way south, as far as you can go: to South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration, which unfolded over the last two days of January. I pre-tasted the event, as it were, with a day of visits last November.

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Jefford on Monday: Battle of the Bulles

Limoux the view from Rives Blanques

We all love a bubble. Or rather we all love the wine wrapped around those little spheres of trapped carbon dioxide: global sparkling wine consumption has gone up by 30 per cent over the past decade.

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Barossa vines

Will there, one day, be a Department of Terroir Studies at a leading academic institution? Who will be its first professor? How many disciplines will jockey for a position in its hive?

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