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With the pandemic having shuttered restaurants in England for a month, Lucy Shaw explores the shifting role of the Sommelier, which many venues can no longer afford, and how a flexible approach will be key to their survival. Read on…    

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Report Details Litany of Sexual Abuse Experienced by Women in Master Sommelier Training Read on… Statement from Female Master Sommeliers click The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas apology click  

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In many key markets, wine continues to be a ‘beneficiary’ of lockdown and restrictions, with consumers increasingly enjoying wine across a broader range of at-home occasions. Read on…  

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The 10 year wait for the granting of premier cru status to vineyards in Pouilly-Fuissé is finally at an end, with 22 climats now officially recognised and classified as such. Read on…  

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If the romantic notion of launching your own wine label is something you’ve daydreamed about, you’re not alone. Many celebrities and pop-culture icons have had the same idea. Some have chosen to partner with established producers to create their own custom labels, while others went all-in and built their own wineries from the ground up. Read on……

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Whether sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, wine requires very specific serving procedures in order to reach its full flavor potential. In addition to proper serving temperatures, each type of wine requires a specific style of glass for service. To get the most out of your wine collection, browse through the links…

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Identifying trends in consumer behaviour has been something of a growth industry for several decades. Exciting and game-changing things are happening more quickly than ever before in many consumer goods categories, as communication technology blurs cultural and community boundaries. New and (mostly) useful goods and services are adopted at a speed that would surprise even…

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Cork taint is typically caused by 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), but it can be caused by a number of other compounds. It presents itself as a musty aroma or taste often described as reminiscent of a damp basement. Most often, the cork is the culprit, though it can have other causes, like TCA tainted barrels. Read on…….

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15% of the Provence estates make ultra-premium rosé today, says Master of Wine Louise Sydbeck who has made a study of this wine segment. And many more are thinking of making one. Nearly all of these prestige rosés were launched after 2006. So it is a fairly new phenomenon. Although some people are sceptics and…

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Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality, such as artistic value or environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other face of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality.…

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