On Subtlety

Subtlety is like a complex joke. You either get it or you don't. Some people are incredibly perceptive of minute variations and changes of colours, textures, timing, or some other quality while other people can't see the difference. If you drive a car going to work, do you think about the weight transfer to your …

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Podcast 148 – Conversation with Marcia Hamm

I met Marcia Hamm last summer when I was working at the winery. She and I had a lot to chat about and it became obvious that we just didn't get enough time to talk. So we kept in touch and I jumped at the chance to record a chat with her in person when she was …

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The Oral Traditions of Wine

"Orality - That which characterizes speech; a culture characterized by the primacy of speech over other forms of signification. Usually opposed to literacy, orality refers to those aspects of a culture's way of life that are attributable to its investment in the resources of spoken language. These may include formal ways of organizing thought (myth) …

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Podcast 140 – How to be a wine snob

When did you start drinking wine? Was it good? Was it sweet? Be honest... There's a psychological reason for that sweet tooth according to Andrew Barr, the author of Wine Snobbery: An Insider's Guide to the Booze Business. It's not a new book by any stretch but Valerie chose a couple of pages that were particularly interesting. …

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The V Word

When I first started getting interested in wine, I remember hearing the word vintage bandied about but never really sure that I knew what it meant. I knew that there were 'good' vintages and 'bad' vintages from watching James Bond, who I remember commenting on a bottle of Dom being 'a good year' in one …

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