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Languedoc floods

Bizarre is perhaps the word which best sums up the 2014 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere. Earthquake, hail, flood, fog, fungal diseases, exotic insect pests: this has been a summer rich in hazards.

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Cos towards Montrose

Most years, I take groups of wine students and enthusiasts around Bordeaux and Burgundy. We talk about why wines taste as they do, and explore the differences between them. That includes, of course, terroir. I then sigh gently and explain that of course the word 'terroir' means something very different in each region.

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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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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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