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Waisted shapes

PACKAGING plays an ever-increasing part in today’s world, and this is just as true of wine as of any other product. While you can now purchase it in cans, tetrapacks, and bag-in-boxes, by far the largest amount still comes in glass bottles

Going for gold

SOME years ago, a book I had written received an award as “World Wine Book of the Year” at a cere­mony in Beijing. This week, I received a list of winners in one of the main wine competitions. In the past, there have been gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded; this year, they also incl...

Horses for courses

AS FAR as I am aware, the Church Times has never had a racing correspondent, and in no way am I qualified to take on such a position; but, at the end of this month, there is one occasion when wine and horse-racing come close together. The place for this is the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in south...

Ports of quality

I WAS fortunate recently to spend a week in Porto and the Douro Valley. For British drinkers, it is some­times difficult to apprec­iate that, in port-wine production, there are almost parallel styles of wine made: those produced by the tradi­tional British-owned comp­anies, and those by their Portug...

The lunar influence

Christopher Fielden on reliance on the moon

Spanish gems

IN THEIR book Wine Grapes (Allen Lane, 2012), Jancis Robinson and her co-authors have identified 1368 different grape varieties used around the world for producing wine — and yet how many of these do we drink regularly?

Golden oldies

"More than 90 per cent of wines that we see are ready for immediate drinking"

From the hillside

WHAT is the French wine that appears most often on restaurant wine-lists? I admit to not knowing the answer, but I would put my money on Chablis

Nous and vinous

THE question that I am asked more frequently than any other is: “How can I learn more about wine?” The simple, flip answer is: “By drinking more of it.” One good way of doing this is by getting together regularly with a group of friends, each bringing a different bottle

Pick of the grapes

Christopher Fielden tips Prosecco, Malbec, and Viognier as his three grapes for 2016

An extravagance — at bargain prices

An extravagance — at bargain prices

I SUGGESTED in my last column that there was much to be said in favour of waiting until nearer Christmas before making your wine purchases, particularly with regard to Champagne, and I am pleased to say that this has proved to be true

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Not the comfy chair!

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