Darren Gall

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Been Doon so Long

    The first time I met winemaker Randall Grahm, we were both at the eponymous International gathering of the Masters of Wine, way back in 1997. The expectant crowd of wine industry enthusiasts was seated,...

Its life Jim, but not as we know it!

  For most of us, life north of the 38th parallel is impossible to witness first hand and is only ever glimpsed through the eyes of the, (mostly western) media. Who can ever forget the...

Out of my Glass

  Immanuel Kant, in his epic ‘Critique of Pure Reason’, posited that we can never truly know of a thing in itself, we may only know of a thing -that which we can obtain through...

Artisan Wines

Many colleagues today bemoan that we are losing our true winemaking artisans to a kind of oenological 'industrial revolution', where wines are made in labs, by recipe, to satisfy 'target consumers', 'market profiles' and...

When the Levy Breaks

We all go a little mad at this time of year, don’t we? I’ve had enough of being wet through, caught out in yet another deluge. I’ve had enough of getting splattered with mud and...

The Sun also Rises

Whilst Spanish wines have been around from about as long as wine has been consumed in Europe, (sometime between 4,000 & 3,000 BCE), Spain seems to have always had a mixed reputation for the...

El Phnom Penh

  Phnom Penh has taken on a decidedly Latin flavour recently with several new Spanish restaurants and Tapas Bars opening in the capitol and ‘Tapas’ menus even appearing in decidedly non-Spanish venues eager to take...

Aroma Therapy

  The end of Cambodia’s most pleasant of weather seasons has arrived; the ‘Windy Season’, ( as it is known locally) is a delightful time of year where the day temperatures are relatively mild, evening...

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