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 a Chardonnay from a small group of villages in northern Burgundy. Even though it’s a unique expression, Chablis is far from being …

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Silly Tasting Notes and Neuroenology

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Ministry of 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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Book Review: Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855

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Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855

Book Review: Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 The Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 gave official recognition to the best wines of the Médoc and Sauternes. Some 163 years later, it’s still a compelling listing, though hardly without flaws. This handsome new book about this classification claims to be the essential reference for wine aficionados. Does it live up to this billing? …

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Book Review: Wine Revolution by Jane Anson

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Wine Revolution Jane Anson

Book Review: Wine Revolution by Jane Anson Wine Revolution by Jane Anson contains “The World’s Best Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines”.  When I started to focus on this subject a decade and more ago, such wines were dismissed by conventional wisdom. According to this, they employed daft doctrines. Furthermore, they were only from a handful of winegrowers that had lost …

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Book Review: Where to Drink Coffee

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Where to drink coffee

Book Review: Where to Drink Coffee Billed as the unfiltered truth about the best brew, Where to drink Coffee is newly published. Authors Liz Clayton and Avidan Ross claim that this is the Expert’s Guide to the best coffee in the world. It’s one of Phaidon’s range of hipster books, with an eye for attractive design and heavyweight paper. Other …

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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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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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