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Greece's Rebel Farmers

Posted by John Clerides on 13th Jun 2019

I read this article on my Aljazeera new feed, it is nothing less than amazing. Kind of funny how organic, natural etc has taken hold, I kind of laugh at this, not that it’s a joke, it's not, but why it's taken so freaking long for us to clue in is mysterious to me.My mum is from a small island in Greece called Skopelos it’s not as familiar as say Santorini but when I say it was the island Mama Mia was filmed on everyone goes oooh. My father was born on another small island called
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Wine Lingo - What is all this gibberish about?

Posted by John Clerides on 5th Jun 2019

A long time ago I remember watching Phil Donahue, ya ok I am dating myself, he was interviewing William F Buckley Jr. slouched down in his seat, tie askew, somewhat disheveled he was asked why does he have to use all those fancy words. His reply, and somewhat elitist, was the English language, like others, was created to describe specific things, happenings, nuances, otherwise how would people in specific fields communicate with each other.Definitely not as smart and hopefully nowhere near as ar
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What Is Going To Change In The Wine World In 2019?

Posted by John Clerides on 24th May 2019

The Billy Joel song We Didn’t Start the Fire comes to mind, for those of you who can’t remember the lyrics:Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie RaySouth Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggioJoe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, televisionNorth Korea, South Korea, Marilyn MonroeRosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, PanmunjomBrando, "The King and I" and "The Catcher in the Rye"Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queenMarciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbyeWe didn't start the fireIt was alwa
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Here we go again - what do the scores mean? Who writes them is key.

Posted by John Clerides on 13th May 2019

A few years ago I attend a bloggers conference in Walla Walla Washington. One of the seminars was lead by Lettie Teague, James Conway, and I forget who the third person was.As I have mentioned in previous posts, the most asked question was: how do I monetize my website? I looked around the room and at my table mates and most everyone was in their late 20s and early 30s.So I decided to ask the people around me who have been to Burgundy no hands came up. I then asked who has been to Spain, again n
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Wine Ratings - What the %^&$ do they mean?

Posted by John Clerides on 2nd May 2019

When I first started in the wine business some 33 years ago, there were very few American wine writers & critics, most of the journalists were from England. Clive Coates, Michael Broadbent, Serena Sutcliffe and Hugh Jonson come to mind.For those of you who have traveled to the UK the English have a far different palate than those of North Americans. Wines were rated out of 20 points.So if a wine received say 15/20 and if my math is correct, that is 75% or 5 points from 20/20 apparent perfect
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