Monthly Archives: November 2016

Why I write about wine (apart from the free wine)

I found this introduction that I wrote when I became Lady wine critic in 2011 (I was fired in 2015). It still holds up for why I write about wine though I did break my own promises many many types … Continue reading

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Why are wine lovers so easy to fool?

Sour Grapes: The Rudy Kurniawan story is now available on Netflix so I’m republishing this thing I wrote for the Spectator back in September. The documentary is well worth seeing. I also wrote a more in-depth thing on it for … Continue reading

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Lebanon

Some photos from recent trip to Beirut and Bekaa valley Fabrice Guiberteau, winemaker at Kefraya next to Roman burial chamber Pot still at Domaine des Tourelles made in Aleppo some time in the 19th century and Faouzi Issa from the … Continue reading

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Hope & foreboding in Turkey

It doesn’t seem too long ago that Turkey looked like the future. It had a booming economy and, moreover, a popular government that seemed to be able to combine Islam with tolerance, democracy and a broadly liberal outlook. It looked … Continue reading

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