2022 AWEsome Wines – available now!

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2022 AWEsome wines

2022 AWEsome Wines – available now! Hot off the Press! The 2022 100 AWEsome Wines from the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) is out now. It contains 100 wines of excellent quality and value recommended by members of the Association.* And after all these years, it’s still an inflation-busting price: free! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. We’re wine educators, so …

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Gin the Ultimate Companion – New Book Review

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Gin the Ultimate Companion

Gin the Ultimate Companion – New Book Review Gin, the Ultimate Companion is a new book by Ian Buxton, published on 7 October 2021. The subtitle is “the essential guide to Gins, Flavours, Cocktails, Tonics and More”, and, as we shall see, it lives up to this description admirably. It may be the only book on gin that you’ll ever …

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Wine Faults and Flaws: A Practical Guide. Book Review

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Wine Faults and Flaws

Wine Faults and Flaws: A Practical Guide. Book Review Wine Faults and Flaws is a brand new book by Keith Grainger*.  It took ten years to write and was published on 10 June 2021. This book does what it says on the tin and bridges the gap between heavy science and popular readability whilst retaining scholarship. You’ll find plenty of …

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New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia – Book Review

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New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia – Book Review The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is now out in a brand new 6th Edition.  It’s a privilege to review this mighty tome, as I recall using the 3rd Edition of 2001 for WSET Diploma exams. Twenty years on, that book, though still in use, has inevitably become out of date.  Revisions mean this …

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Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs – Book Review

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Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs – Book Review This article reviews a new wine book by Ian D’Agata, entitled Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs. It follows on from his indispensable previous book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy. Here D’Agata continues his focus on Italian native grape varieties. This time he shows how these can communicate a unique “somewhereness” in the wines made from them. …

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Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois – Book review

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Chablis, Rosemary George

Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois – Book review Chablis – it’s the best known white wine. And not just in the UK, which is still its biggest market, but worldwide. It’s so famous that many don’t realise it’s made only with Chardonnay grown in a small group of villages in northern Burgundy. Even though it’s a unique expression, Chablis is …

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Silly Tasting Notes and Neuroenology

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Faces - silly tasting notes

Silly Tasting Notes and Neuroenology It might seem obvious, but the taste of wine occurs in the human brain. Indeed, there is a good deal of scientific research that’s gradually revealing how this works. A terrific book called Neuroenology, by Gordon M. Shepherd, explains this in detail. So why also include the Silly Tasting Notes in this article? Well, once the taste …

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2019 AWEsome Wines – Free Download

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AWEsome Wines 2019

2019 AWEsome Wines – Free Download Hot off the Press! The latest 2019 edition of 100 AWEsome Wines from the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) is out now. It’s brand new, now in its 5th year, and it’s free! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. We’re wine educators, so it’s what we do. AWE members are professionals that taste and teach wine …

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Book Review: The Philosophy of Coffee

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The Philosophy of Coffee

Book Review: The Philosophy of Coffee For me, a day without real coffee is unthinkable. Instant coffee is only for dire emergencies because even bad coffee is better than none. I prefer Italian espresso to keep the jitters at bay. However, I enjoy finding new coffees, drinks and venues to try. Consequently, a new book called The Philosophy of Coffee is the …

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100 AWEsome Wines 2018 Free Download

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100 AWEsome Wines 2018

100 AWEsome Wines 2018 Free Download Hot off the Press! This year’s edition of 100 AWEsome Wines is just out. It’s a brand new edition for 2018, now in its 4th year. Here’s what it’s about: “How fortunate we are to live in a world where wine exists. And so many. In so many different styles. If you find the …

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