Wine Insights

Confessions of a placomusophile

A collector of the little metal plaques that sit on top of Champagne corks is called a placomusophile, and the act of collecting them is placomusophilie.

The unpredictability of cork

Cork is a good friend but a very bad – and unpredictable – enemy. You never know if it’s going to kiss you or punch you on the nose.

How to become a wine judge

Judging 150-180 wines a day for several days in a row is hard work. It’s also a great learning experience and chance to rub shoulders with other judges who feel as passionate about wine as you do.