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What to take from home when embarking on a long journey abroad? There are the practical effects one needs for travel: itineraries, reading materials, exercise outfits you'll never use. And the legal necessities to set you on your way, including...
I am thrilled to announce I have been shortlisted in both the Ramos Pinto Online Communicator and the Mazzei International Wine Columnist categories in the 2018 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. The shortlist, announced on July 19th, was decided by...
I’ve long been troubled by the disparity between the enormous, glorious, galaxy of feelings that wine elicits, and the narrow band of tools, ideas and language we’re given to express them. Drinking and thinking about wine ignites our minds and...
People have long turned to myriad sources as consolation for the thorny task of being human. From poetry and painting to music and sculpture, the arts are filled with expressions of humanity to soften misfortune and comfort the suffering. Literature...
I feel a simultaneous sense of pride and pleasure at seeing a new edition of The World of Fine Wine. This issue is the annual Burgundy edition. As the rest of the edition asks such questions as ‘Is this the Golden...
I am thrilled to announce that I am now a columnist for Jancis Robinson. Beginning today, I will be writing a regular column titled ‘Andrea’s salon’. The column, which will appear bimonthly on JancisRobinson.com, is named after the famous French...
Why more people don’t like Riesling has baffled wine minds and Riesling champions for decades. And not just baffled, but broken hearts, tested wills and challenged the intellects of those who love the variety. No matter how many conferences, seminars...
This week I am off to Queenstown for the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration. As well as tasting pinot noirs from 34 Central Otago wineries at The Grand Tasting, a formal masterclass on Oregon pinot noir and several winery visits...
I nearly didn’t taste it, but it was the surprise wine of the night. It was August this year and I had recently arrived in London on one of my semi-regular ‘sensory sabbaticals’ — an extended trip abroad in which...
Wine Crush
God was sitting on one side of the boardroom table with his back against the window when a man walked in and introduced himself as Kevin from the Innovation Department. “Very well, let’s get on with this. I still need...