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The Art of Comparison

10 September 2016 | by Andrea Frost
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‘Stop comparing yourself to others’ is advice we are given early on in life and, depending how well we heed it, quite often later in life. It’s reasonable counsel, particularly for those nonsensical situations that pepper our lives. When a...

On Wine and Europe

23 August 2016 | by Andrea Frost
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It is hard to think of wine and not think of Europe and its influence on wine and the people who drink it. So profound is Europe’s impact, it hardly bears noting. But as the world quarrels about where Europe’s...
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I am delighted to announce I have been shortlisted twice in the 2016 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. The shortlist, announced on July 28th, was selected by a panel of five judges from more than 200 entries from 19...

She said, he said

28 July 2016 | by Andrea Frost
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I hadn’t expected we’d discuss gender issues during the Burgundy masterclass at the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial in the Hunter Valley, but somewhere between the Volnay and the Chambertin the issue arose. The Len Evans Tutorial is an exclusive five-day...

What Makes a Good Wine Bar?

30 June 2016 | by Andrea Frost
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In his gentle 1946 essay Moon Under Water, George Orwell describes the merits of his favourite London public house. Qualities important to Orwell include atmosphere, barmaids who know their customers by name, the ability to walk freely without being hit...

The Quarrel

18 June 2016 | by Andrea Frost
Of the galaxy of reasons to love wine, it’s the quarrel I enjoy the most. Wine’s capacity to engage with every major idea contained in the cosmos – from science to religion, philosophy to history, to the age-old question of...
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“It is a beautiful thing to be able to transmit the landscape in our wines,” said our host as she sat at the head of the tasting table. A panoramic window framed the rolling hills of Rioja behind her. I...
In her 1930 essay Street Haunting, A London Adventure, Virginia Woolf used her search for a lead pencil as an excuse to indulge in “the greatest pleasure of town life in winter — rambling the streets of London”. Woolf’s walks...

The Perfect Match

08 April 2016 | by Andrea Frost
What wine to pair with people? While tomes have been written on pairing wine with every intellectual and sensory accompaniment available to a thinking and feeling person –food, literature, music – it’s a wonder we spend so little time matching...

On Wine and Anthropomorphism

08 December 2015 | by Andrea Frost
As a tool for describing wine, anthropomorphism or its gentler cousin personification are low in the serious wine critic’s armoury. Phrases such as “like a man flexing weight and muscle” or “an ambitious wine of poise and pedigree” have lost...