Beeronomics – World History Through Beer Goggles

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Beeronomics

Beeronomics – World History Through Beer Goggles Here’s my review of a newly published book about beer, entitled Beeronomics, how beer explains the world. It’s a book that looks at world history via beer goggles. Well, my friends might you tell you that I’ve always seen the world through beer goggles. Now this book legitimises this viewpoint! All joking apart, beer …

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Valtellina – an ode to Mountain Nebbiolo Part 1

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Valtellina: Grumello

Valtellina – an ode to Mountain Nebbiolo Part 1 This article is about how I discovered Valtellina, a special place. One to return to, again and again. The discovery A few years ago, a glass of red wine was accompanied by the dread question, “what’s this?” On the first inspection, there was a floral perfume, high acidity, cherry fruit, tar and tannin. …

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D.I.G. will use Blockchain for wine distribution in China

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DIG wine importers in China, Blockchain

D.I.G. will use Blockchain for wine distribution in China D.I.G. stands for Shanghai Waigaoqiao Direct Imported Goods Ltd. It plans to use Blockchain technology for imported wine distribution in China, concentrating on safety and counterfeiting issues. It looks like the predictions made in my earlier articles are already bearing fruit! I think it’s incredibly exciting. D.I.G. has partnered up with Shanghai-based Blockchain …

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The story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici, Part 1

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Colli Berici Tai Rosso

The story of Tai Rosso in the Colli Berici, Part 1 Last year I spent some quality time in the Colli Berici in northern Italy. These are the hills that rise out of the flat plains, between Vicenza and Verona. Here, in central Veneto, the Colli Berici was my countryside base for visits to these historic cities. As usual, the local …

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Book Review: Italian Wine Unplugged, Grape by Grape

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Italian Wine Unplugged

Book Review: Italian Wine Unplugged, Grape by Grape Italian Wine Unplugged brings something genuinely new and refreshing to wine books. In this review, I’ll explain why. For me, Italian wines are a treasure trove of history, culture, food, language, colour, scents and flavours.  There’s no denying that Italy makes great wines; in every region, in every possible style and at …

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Feudi di San Gregorio – all about heritage and innovation

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Feudi di San Gregorio Cantina

Feudi di San Gregorio – all about heritage and innovation Welcome to Campania, in the Mezzogiorno, beautiful southern Italy. It’s where Feudi di San Gregorio is, in the “shin” of Italy’s boot, some 50 km inland from Napoli. This wine producer became, in just a few years, an icon of the modern Italian winemaking renaissance. It remains one of the leaders in restoring …

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Ten Wine Scandals – Should Have Gone To Blockchain

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Scandals - Should Have Gone To Blockchain

Ten Wine Scandals – Should Have Gone To Blockchain Since my first Blockchain article, there’s been lots of interest in the potential of using this emerging technology in the wine industry, especially to guarantee wine origins, safety and quality. In this article, I suggest that Blockchain could be the solution to prevent future wine scandals. Rules and regulations There are lots of …

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Macdonald Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater

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Leeming House approach

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater As of July 2017, the Lake District national park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In so doing it became the 31st UK site, a “cultural landscape reflecting the combined works of nature and man”. The beauty of the landscape plus thousands of years of agriculture and industry has inspired generations of artists, poets and writers. …

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St John Bread and Wine – offal needn’t be awful

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St John Bread and Wine

St John Bread and Wine – offal needn’t be awful Back in 1994, Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver opened the St John restaurant. It’s still around the corner from Smithfield Market in a once dilapidated part of Clerkenwell. The emphasis is on British recipes, simplicity and seasonality. It also includes all the meats now ignored by squeamish Brits. Yes, we’re …

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Spike Milligans Tape Recorder – wines that won the war

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Spike Milligans The wines that won the war

Spike Milligans Tape Recorder – wines that won the war I have before me a torn-out page from the Independent on Sunday, from 24th November 1991. It’s page 65. There, below an article extolling the culinary charms of the chestnut (chestnut flour available from Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh, priced at £6.99 per kg), is a weekly guest column called …

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