Category Archives: Other

GM vines and MWs


I just read this article on Decanter.com: http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/586880/french-mw-compares-gm-vines-to-weapons-of-mass-destruction Now, Olivier Humbrecht is certainly a gifted winemaker, but the comparison between genetically modified vines and weapons of mass destruction is simply stupid. As Per Karlsson of BK Wine put it when … Continue reading

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USA now World’s foremost wine consumer


Click on the link to the Decanter item below. The US of A is now the world’s leading wine consuming nation, mostly due to a significant reduction in French wine drinking: http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/586864/us-leapfrogs-france-to-top-world-wine-consumption-league?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news+alert+link+14052014 Is this significant news? Well, personally, I think … Continue reading

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Interview by Marina Alaimo


The lovely Marina Alaimo, broadcasting as “the drunken berry” – Acino Ebbro, has committed an interview with yours truly. You can hear it on Radio Siani, la Radio della Legalità, http://www.radiosiani.com, tonight at 19.00 hours onwards. Warning: The interview is … Continue reading

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Points – Why I prefer not to use them


The thoughtful Dario Bressanini has published this piece – in Italian, sorry – about the trustworthiness of wine judges and points scoring systems: http://bressanini-lescienze.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2014/04/07/quanto-sono-esperti-i-giudici-%E2%80%9Cesperti%E2%80%9D-assaggiatori-di-vino/. There is reference to articles in English at the bottom, so if Italian is not one … Continue reading

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Diversity in wine – Or: A craving for the weird and wonderful


A recent news item on Decanter’s web site (http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/584678/cabernet-sauvignon-tops-global-grape-variety-league-study?utm_source=Cheetahmail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news+alert+link+080114&utm_campaign=Newsletter-080114) caught my eye. Not that I find it especially newsworthy that cabernet sauvignon is so very popular around the world. I also don’t want to join any chorus of lamentation that … Continue reading

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Interviewed – James the Wine Guy


It has been too long since I last posted on this blog, and you are going to have to wait a bit yet. I fell with my bicycle last week and suffered a concussion. I don’t yet feel fully up … Continue reading

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