Posted 27th Apr 2015
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Posted 27th Apr 2015
The writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote that, “great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.” If there’s another culture’s custom that is more readily dismissed than winespeak then I’d like to know about it. I’m not bothered by barbs such as “All wine tastes the same”, or “It’s not that interesting”, but when swipes come from people renowned for their intellect and wit, it does makes me wonder if, when it comes to wine, we might have said too much. Is it time we all stopped talking and let the wine speak for itself?
To be fair, we do talk a lot about wine – a lot,...
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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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