Posted 21st Nov 2014
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Posted 21st Nov 2014
In his play No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre outlines a vision of hell. It consists of three people who don’t like each other confined together for eternity. Mine? It’s that I’ll be sucked into what seems to be emerging as the leading model of wine journalism, spending all my time generating 100 point scores and brief tasting notes of wines devoid of any wider context. This is the world of the modern ‘wine critic’, and for those of us who like to write, it’s deeply depressing.
The critic model seems to be gaining traction. Only this week it was announced that Antonio Galloni’s Vinous had acquired...
Wine of the Week
(£7.95, 13%, The Wine Society)
This is no ordinary, drink-it-on-holiday Retsina. It's biodynamic, fermented in amphorae with wild yeasts and highly unusual. The pine resin notes are restrained and enjoyable, adding a Mediterranean herb like dimension to the pear, beeswax and honey fruit. The wines finishes tangy and dry.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Intelligent Life, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine-Searcher, Fine Drink (China) and Woman and Home, appear regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 25 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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