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An embarrassment of wines

The reason these wines are something of an embarrassment for me is that I like them so much. So much in fact, that they all got my top rating at some point in the past year or so. You might think … Continue reading

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Having your subjective cake and objectifying it

Is wine appreciation is subjective or objective? Professionals can often be difficult to tie down on that issue. For example, they often agree that opinions on wine quality are totally subjective, while at the same time claiming to be objective in their … Continue reading

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Subjectivity in Wine Appreciation article

Just a quick post to say that my Subjectivity in Wine Appreciation article, published in The World of Fine Wine Issue 51 Q1 2016, is now available here.

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Winenous’ fables #1: The Naoussa and the Burgundy

On the face of it, this is a simple story of two tasting notes, linked only by the wines’ having been tasted and drunk within a couple of days of each other. But there is a sting in the tail, and … Continue reading

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Tasting order and wine scores

It is well known that your perception of a wine is affected by what was tasted immediately beforehand. This is similar to how other senses behave. If, for example, you sit in the dark for several minutes and then expose yourself … Continue reading

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Subjectivity ain’t that simple

Today we shall take as our text verse 1 of The Nine Attributes of Greatness, a section of Karen McNeil’s The Wine Bible: No one needs a wine book to tell them what they like to drink. Subjectivity in wine is pretty easy. … Continue reading

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Subjectivity in wine appreciation

This is a topic dear to me, and something I have written about a fair bit on my blog. In an article recently published in The World of Fine Wine (Issue 51, 2016 Q1) , I draw together my thoughts into … Continue reading

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Is balance always a good thing in wine?

Many would argue that higher level aesthetic values, e.g. elegance, harmony and balance, are key in evaluating the quality of wine.  But I think that, despite what we may have been taught and initially think, they are not necessarily positive values.  In this blog post I … Continue reading

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Fooling the experts again

What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine, an article by Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker, is another journalistic take on how easy it is to be influenced by extraneous factors (those that have nothing to do with the … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Wine – book review

This is a review of the book The Aesthetics of Wine by Douglas Burnham and Ole Martin Skilleås. You can currently buy new copies online for around £55.00.  I got a used “as-new” copy for £25-ish via Amazon, which I … Continue reading

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