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On Tasting
Thoughts on Wine and Alcohol
Monday, 28th August, 2017 - David Farmer

A few decades ago, seemingly rising from no-where, the daily wine news became concerned with the higher alcohol content of some wines. Over time this worry filtered across to regular wine drinkers. These comments brought together two thoughts; issues to do with alcohol and health and the views of experts claiming higher alcohol wines were often hot, clumsy, and with unbalanced tastes. more...

Which is Better - Young Wine or Aged?
Wednesday, 27th August, 2014 - David Farmer

When you watch wine judges at work you will note time and time again that younger, fresher wines receive higher scores than older wines. It is also usual in vertical tastings of famous wines to observe younger wines receiving scores as high as or higher than the venerable, classical vintages. In long, vertical tastings covering many decades the famous classical vintages with high scores will have on either side wines with mid-level scores.. more...

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.
Monday, 21st July, 2014 - David Farmer

In Part 1, I discussed how the judging or grading of wine is fraught with difficulties. I then pondered if a better system was possible and found encouragement in the methods of John Moody in his rating of financial paper. To restate the problem in a different way, consider two teams tasting the same set of wines in different rooms at the same time. more...

My Replies to Frequently Asked Questions
Sunday, 22nd June, 2014 - David Farmer

The thoughts from customers about wines, some of which fall into the complaints department, are reasonably predictable. Mostly they tell me that a wine they have purchased is not to their liking. Some alas lose the plot and tell me I do not know what I am doing. more...

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 1
Thursday, 1st May, 2014 - David Farmer

Can you make a living out of the salmon that John West rejects? I think so as while I know nothing about grading salmon I find I can discover and buy plenty of interesting wines that never make the grade in the show judging. more...

Tastings Wine Scores and Shapley Values
Thursday, 27th March, 2014 - David Farmer

We all approach assessing wine in our own way but mention that all wines in a group must be given a score and the background dynamic changes. A score means that a tally can be done to identify the best wine and alarmingly the worst wine. No one wants to be seen as a supporter of the worse wines so how do you head off this embarrassing possibility? more...

Views on Tasting with Penfolds Notes for the Record
Thursday, 27th February, 2014 - David Farmer

It's an indulgence publishing tastings notes but the following two are so lovely they needed recording.
Both notes are interesting inventions, much like any novelist would create, but instead of descriptions of a new character entering the plot they are about Mr Wine. more...

Broken Glasses, Tasting Cups, Chinese Misadventures and Tailgating
Thursday, 8th August, 2013 - David Farmer

In my constant search for personal advancement and tips for displaying a worldly air I was attracted to a Bloomberg video (July 15th) of Margareth Henriquez, the CEO of Champagne House Krug being interviewed by Susan Li. CEO material no question but she knocked me sideways by announcing that drinking from a Champagne flute was out, so out, that it's a 'big problem' as we should be drinking from white wine glasses; to which Ms Li responded 'I'm shocked'. more...

A Wine for Richard
Monday, 5th August, 2013 - David Farmer

I have perhaps a more nuanced view about the taste of wine than most commentators. Objective measures such as what part drinking has played and income level are naturally very important. To this I add that what we see in a glass of wine depends also upon how our lives have unfolded and thus the many subjective influences which have moulded our outlooks and beliefs. more...

Morrisons - Never Fail Method for Buying Wine
Tuesday, 9th July, 2013 - David Farmer

I watch the liquor battle between the top six supermarket chains in the U.K. with great interest. It is hard to nudge ahead but that is the game they play with ferocious intensity as they tweak their offers. more...

Writing Tasting Notes about Great Wine
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2013 - David Farmer

I have little interest in golf though as a young man read the golf column of Henry Longhurst in the Sunday Times UK as he was a writer. There are not many wine writers but there are hundreds of wine journalists and bloggers and I wonder how they do not die of boredom writing article after article about what they found when they visited winery ABC and always ending with half a dozen tasting notes. more...

Is a Tasting Note Helpful when Shopping?
Wednesday, 24th April, 2013 - David Farmer

The meaning and thus the worth of a tasting note is at best problematical and thus they are not much help when buying wine. Yet they are widely used, appear in many wine articles and are the main prop of specialist wine magazines. Because of this, tasting notes are seen as displaying expertise and perhaps sophistication and at the very least suggest a higher quality wine as consumers do not expect tasting notes of run-of-the-mill wines. more...

Do Tasting Notes Have any Value?
Friday, 22nd March, 2013 - David Farmer

I receive a small trickle of mail from customers commenting about the wines we sell and they also ask other questions. I have listened attentively to customers for many decades so I know pretty well the type of issues that are likely to be raised. Recently though I received this mail: more...

The Five Secrets of Stylish Women Applied to Drinking Wine
Tuesday, 12th February, 2013 - David Farmer

Anders Ousback - all class

An article, 'The secrets of stylish women', Paula Joye, Sydney Morning Herald, April 25th 2012, caught my attention as I thought these secrets can be reworked and applied to the wine business. Style after all does not stop at fashion and I have noticed over the years how some consumers with only a small budget spend it rather well and what they buy and how they serve it shows style. They have a knack to produce, just at the right moment, a simple, inexpensive wine which is just perfect for the occasion. more...

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ON TASTING RECENT
Thoughts on Wine and Alcohol

Monday, 28th August, 2017

ON TASTING ARCHIVE
Which is Better - Young Wine or Aged?

Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.

Monday, 21st July, 2014

My Replies to Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, 22nd June, 2014

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 1

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Tastings Wine Scores and Shapley Values

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Views on Tasting with Penfolds Notes for the Record

Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Broken Glasses, Tasting Cups, Chinese Misadventures and Tailgating

Thursday, 8th August, 2013

A Wine for Richard

Monday, 5th August, 2013

Morrisons - Never Fail Method for Buying Wine

Tuesday, 9th July, 2013

Writing Tasting Notes about Great Wine

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2013

Is a Tasting Note Helpful when Shopping?

Wednesday, 24th April, 2013

Do Tasting Notes Have any Value?

Friday, 22nd March, 2013

The Five Secrets of Stylish Women Applied to Drinking Wine

Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

Playing the 'Hit Me' Wine Game

Monday, 10th December, 2012

A Response to an eBay Customer About Barossa Cabernet

Monday, 27th August, 2012

Starting a Cellar and General Thoughts on Ageing Wines - The Experience of a Hardcore Wine Collector

Monday, 20th August, 2012

Starting a Cellar and General Thoughts on Ageing Wines

Wednesday, 18th July, 2012

Do Tastings Protect the Brand Image of Wine Australia?

Tuesday, 17th April, 2012

Do the Waitrose Taste Test

Sunday, 26th February, 2012

Wine Writers Misleading Customers

Tuesday, 10th January, 2012

Steps in Becoming a Wine Snob

Saturday, 10th December, 2011

A Morning at the Mount Barker WA Wine Show

Sunday, 20th November, 2011

Natural Flavours from Wine and Beer Yeasts

Friday, 26th August, 2011

Status in St Emilion Raises Issues

Sunday, 24th July, 2011

What Should You Pay for Great Wine?

Sunday, 15th May, 2011

Gordon Ramsay Says "Consult the Sommelier" - Is He Right?

Tuesday, 13th July, 2010

Driven to Drink - A Reflection by Frank Devine

Friday, 25th June, 2010

The John Vickery Leo Buring Tasting 1997

Monday, 24th May 2010

Tasting Budget Reds in London

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

A Rosemount Story from Tesco UK

Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010

Descriptions of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Unexpected Sources

Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010

Sadat X Amusing? Yes. But Not Yet a Challenger to Robert Parker

Thursday, 18th February, 2010

Tasting the Latest Noon Wines

Friday, 5th February, 2010

The Barossa Wine Show Public Tasting 19th September
Part 3 of the Barossa Tastings

Monday, 4th January, 2010

The Power of Gold

Wednesday, 25th November, 2009

First Write the Review then Taste the Wine

Wednesday, 25th November, 2009

The Artisans of the Barossa 12th September
Part 2 of the Barossa Tastings

Friday, 30th October, 2009

The Whites do go Better With Fish

Friday, 30th October, 2009

A Parker Tasting Should Make Us Pause

Tuesday, 13th October, 2009

Why You Drink Champagne by the Sea

Thursday, 8th October, 2009

Tasting at Three Barossa Wine Shows
Part 1 - The Small Winemakers Show

Sunday, 4th October, 2009

It's In The Bubbles, Stupid

Friday, 2nd October, 2009

How Good is Your Palate?

Monday, 21st September, 2009

Another Know All Wine Wanker

Monday, 21st September, 2009

Further Thoughts on the Australian Wine Show System

Thursday, 3rd September, 2009

Wine Advice from Craigslist

Thursday, 3rd September, 2009

Comparing Wine Types and Dog Breeds

Saturday, 1st August, 2009

Electronic Experts Give Wine Advice

Monday, 15th June, 2009

In Search of a Holy Grail

Monday, 5th May, 2009

The Gimblett Gravels Travelling Road Show Surprises London

Monday, 20th April, 2009

The Beauty of the Five Point Judging System

Thursday, 26th March, 2009

Ideas for a New Wine Judging Scale

Thursday, 12th March, 2009

The First Growth Gimbletts

Monday, 26th January, 2009

The Story of One Lonely Bottle

Friday, 26th December, 2008

The Future of Capital City Wine Shows

Friday, 5th December, 2008

The More You Spend the Better the Taste

Friday, 2nd May, 2008

The Key to Tasting Wines

Friday, 11th April, 2008

Buying Wines That Have a Sense of Place

Friday, 11th April, 2008

What Are We to Make Of Wine Tasting Notes

Monday, 4th February, 2007

Study of the Label Alters Our Tastes

Sunday, 9th December, 2007

One in Five Cannot Smell Alpha-ylangene

Monday, 24th September, 2007

Charles Must Love It

Friday, 24th August, 2007

Liking Rough Red

Thursday, 28th June, 2007

The Ultimate Masked Bottle

Firday, 24th May, 2007

Create the Atmosphere for the Tasting Result You Want

Monday, 19th March, 2007

Confessions of Wine Deceit, Other Deceptions and Fooling Yourself

Monday, 29th January, 2007

Two Sides of the Wine Coin

Sunday, 12th November, 2006

Wine Labels, Ranking, Ratings, Experts and Wine Prices

Friday, 27th October, 2006

A Story About Verdelho

Wednesday, 4th October, 2006

The Magnetic Appeal of Wine

Sunday, 24th September, 2006

Geology Cannot be Found In Wine

Thursday, 18th September, 2006

More on the Impact of Scoring Wines Out of 100

Thursday, 14th September, 2006

How a Three Star Wine Became a 90 Point Wine

Saturday, 9th September, 2006

High Alcohol - The Debate Rolls On

Tuesday, 5th September, 2006

So You Suffer from Anosmia

Monday, 7th August, 2006

Canít Tell Your Brett from Oak Flavours

Tuesday, 18th July, 2006

Terroir - Can It Possible Shine Through the Background Noise

Tuesday, 4th July, 2006

A Little Spat Over Chateau Pavie

Thursday, 15th June, 2006

After All This Time - Now They Tell Us

Tuesday, 13th June, 2006

Winemaking and the French Touch

Friday, 9th June, 2006

The Judgement of Paris Part II

Monday, 29th May, 2006

Why Do Chardonnays Seldom Win Trophies?

Friday, 5th May, 2006

The Other French Paradox

Tuesday, 2nd May, 2006

Show Me the Chardonnay Tasting

Sunday, 30th April, 2006

Judging Wine and the View of the American 'Wine Spectator'

Thursday, 6th April, 2006

The World Versus Robert M. Parker, Part Three

Saturday, 18th March, 2006

Halliday v Parker Continues to Attract International Attention

Thursday, 5th January, 2005

"Thank You Mr. Evans and Sorry Mr. Parker"

Thursday, 8th December, 2005

The Differences of Opinion Continue: Mount Mary Quintets vs. Robert M. Parker Jr. Part 2

Monday, 5th December, 2005

Sharp Differences of Opinion Over Mount Mary

Monday, 14th November, 2005

The Views of the Economists With a Sense of Humour

Friday, 14th October, 2005

Wine Quality: Does Terroir Matter?

Friday, 14th October, 2005

Thoughts on Wine Judging

Thursday, 13th October, 2005

What You See Affects What You Smell and Taste

Tuesday, 13th September, 2005

The New Taste of Wine

Friday, 2nd September, 2005

Consumers Disagree with Wine Experts

Saturday, 27th August, 2005

Drinking From Special Wine Glasses

Thursday, 4th August, 2005

Now, This Wine Drinks Well, Night After Night

Monday, 18th April, 2005

Corks, Stelvin Caps and Oxygen

Wednesday, 6th April 2005

A Peep Behind the Wine Show Door

Thursday, 17 March 2005

Going To Your Second Wine Tasting

Saturday, 11th December, 2004

What You Bring to Your First Wine Tasting

Saturday, 4th December, 2004

What Do Show Medals Mean - Part 2

Tuesday, 7th December, 2004

What Do Show Medals Mean - Part 1

Friday, 3rd September, 2004



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