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Tasting: Cascina Fonda Barbaresco ‘Bertola’ 2013

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There is something about Nebbiolo.

I was first introduced to the grape about a decade ago via an Australian wine made in the high volume region of North West Victoria outside of Mildura by Trentham Estate. It was a young, vibrant, fruit-driven wine without much fanfare or complexity and paired pretty well with just about anything you decided to put with it. My wife loved it.

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Tasting: Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault 2013

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If Bordeaux has captured the imagination of the rich and the aspirational, Champagne of those seeking luxury and status, then Burgundy is for the hopeless romantics. There is, quite simply, nothing more exciting in the world of wine than a perfect Pinot from the Côte du Nuits, or a crisp Chardonnay from the slopes of Montrachet.

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Tasting: Yves Cuilleron Crozes-Hermitage ‘Laya’ 2015

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It comes as no surprise to me that, as a lad that’s found himself in the Hunter Valley over the last two years, I have begun to develop a natural affinity towards Syrah/Shiraz in all it’s forms.

More recently, that’s taken my tastebuds to France and the Northern Rhône.

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Why I don’t have wine scores

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The wine world is filled with writers, bloggers and self-described experts tasting and writing about wine. Scores are the highlight real, the headline. Used by marketing departments the world over.

Trouble is, there’s no real consensus and whilst some writers and critics have a set way of scoring, bloggers and more casual commentators are often all over the shop. This is an oversimplification, to be certain, but one that resonates more than it’s disproved.

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