Tag Archives: Wine & Food

How we perceive wine

Our sense of taste arises from specialized sensory cells in taste buds on the tongue, palate, soft palate, and in the throat. There are around 5,000 taste buds in the mouth, each with 50-100 sensory cells or chemoreceptors. These sensory … Continue reading

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Blind Tasting Society’s Finale

You will struggle to find anything more typically ‘Oxford’ than a black tie dinner. Perhaps it is because of a small number of College- and University-sanctioned events that actually require this dress, which thus encourage various College and University societies … Continue reading

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Essence of Condrieu

Viognier is a difficult grape varietal to deal with. When ripening, the grapes rapidly build up high sugar levels, often before the grapes reach phenolic, or ‘flavour’, ripeness. The challenge is to achieve this phenolic ripeness before the grapes develop … Continue reading

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Oxford Blind Tasting Team Victorious at SPIT Competition

The end of April saw Oxford University send a team of three blind tasters to compete in the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT) Competition held at Maison Bollinger in Aÿ, Champagne. The competition was perfectly timed for an escape from … Continue reading

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Wine and Chocolate

I’m always suspicious of wines that claim to go with chocolate. Any wine that could possibly go with chocolate would need to be acidic enough to cut through the cloying chocolate coating over the palate, sweet enough to complement the … Continue reading

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A pair of pizza pairings

With the summer fading to an autumnal August, the barbecue has been (temporarily I hope) retired. It was thus instead homemade pizza night and I was searching for a Barbera – an easy-drinking, uncomplicated Italian red, perfect for pizzas. Having … Continue reading

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Deutz at Dinner

It’s a humid summer evening. You’re seated at a restaurant poring over the wine list, trying to find something that matches your mood, the food, and the weather. Something light for the humidity, chilled against the heat. There are, of … Continue reading

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