Posted 30th Nov 2015
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Posted 30th Nov 2015
As a tool for describing wine, anthropomorphism or its gentler cousin personification are low in the serious wine critic’s armoury. Phrases such as “like a man flexing weight and muscle” or “an ambitious wine of poise and pedigree” have lost favour in recent years, being replaced with the objective ‘structure, colour, balance and acidity’ assessment or the pithy and clinical ‘95 points’.
In defence of anthropomorphism, the instinct to add human qualities is one the oldest tricks we have for explaining that which perplexes us. The ancient Greeks came up with their gods to explain phenomena that confused them, as have countless other cultures, thereby creating all manner of myth and legend. It brought comfort from...
Wine of the Week
(£8, 12%, Morrison)
It's great to see an Austrian Grüner of this quality in a major supermarket. It's not a power packed wine, but what it lacks in weight, it makes up for in freshness. Floral and medium weight, with some pepper spice, pear and citrus fruit flavours and a zesty, tangy finish. A really good food wine - and I don't say that very often.
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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