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Oxford win 60th Varsity Blind Tasting Match

Last week an Oxford team of blind wine tasters successfully defended their title against Cambridge University in the annual Varsity Blind Tasting match. To add to the magnitude of the occasion, this year was the 60th anniversary of the competition, … Continue reading

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Oxford Triumph in International Tasting Final!

It had been a long time coming. The Pol Roger International Tasting Trophy has been fought over by the best of England and France in an epic blind tasting of French wines since 2003. The winning team of the Oxford-Cambridge … Continue reading

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Oxford Regain Pol Roger Trophy!

The Oxford Blind Tasting Team had success after three consecutive Cambridge victories in the annual Varsity Blind Tasting Match between the two universities last Monday, held at the Oxford-Cambridge Club. The format was identical to last year’s Varsity match – … Continue reading

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Champagne: greater than the sum of its parts

Champagne is a wonderfully complex wine. Firstly, the champagne-maker has the option of using a blend of three different grape varietals (two of which are black grapes) – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Secondly, the winemaker must take into … Continue reading

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Pol Roger bottling line

Thanks to the comment of a regular reader, I have succeeded in uploading a couple of videos of the Pol Roger bottling plant in action. My first post on the industrial champagne-making process can be read here. The first video … Continue reading

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The industrialisation of wine

As consumers, we often have a romanticised notion of wine. Slick marketing practices (such as the advertisement above) have no doubt contributed to our idea of wine as a ‘natural’ product as if, with a bit of sunshine and rainfall, … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 1

“A good bottle of wine is an empty one” – Christophe Brunet Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) – Latin for “The First Families in Wine” – is an exclusive association of the greatest family-owned wineries in the world. Membership is restricted … Continue reading

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