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Tough love

Nathan Myhrvold, author of “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking”, believes that red wine can be improved by putting it in the blender for 30-60 seconds on the highest setting. I read about Myhrvold’s claim on www.wine-searcher.com. Editorial staff at Wine Searcher put his belief to the test with two relatively inexpensive reds from Australia and South Africa. In both cases the blended wines performed worst in a blind tasting.

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Nectar of the Gods

Since the Romans and ancient Greeks started making and writing about wine the greatest wines have always been sweet. It’s easy to understand why. Pull the cork on a Vinoptima 2007 Noble Gewürztraminer and you’ll discover a sort of wine essence that continues to deliver wave upon wave of exotic flavours long after it is opened. I shared the leftover tasting wine with some friends and didn’t bother to replace the cork on the small amount left in the bottle. When I came into my tasting room the following day the air was heavy with the wine’s sultry scent.

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Cheese-loving wines

Cheese is one of the most wine-friendly foods on the planet. Parmesan is the only cheese that makes every wine taste better – the rest are slightly fussier. Choose a high-fat cheese such as double-cream brie to tame big, tannic reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or a tangy blue to flatter the luscious, honeyed flavours of a botrytis-affected sticky.

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Succulent, sensuous stickies

Great sweet wines are sometimes referred to as “nectar of the Gods”. While the Gods may indeed have the good taste to sup these wines on a regular basis I prefer to think of them as a miracle of nature.

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Ask Bob

Your wine pages this month feature sherry, and include photos you took on a trip to Spain. One of these is a lovely photo of an elderly man sleeping with a bottle of sherry sitting beside him. Is there a story behind this photo that you could share with us?

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Stickies – wines with sex appeal

There’s something magical about great sweet wines. I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill, sugary, supermarket specials but the hand-made heavyweights in half-bottles that will set you back at least $30. That may seem like a lot of money for a syrupy 375mls but I suspect few winemakers make a profit on their stickies.

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No excuse not to drink Riesling

If you’re reading this you probably like Riesling. I hope that my tasting of 172 wines and the list of winners below (check out my website www.bobswinereviews.com for a complete list with comments) will help you discover even greater Rieslings. If you know anyone who doesn’t like Riesling insist they read this article. I want to help them discover the delights of the world’s greatest white grape variety.

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Sweet and sticky

Once a year I review sweet wines. It is the favourite date in my tasting calendar. Sweet wines encompass such a fascinating range of styles that I guarantee there’ll be something for everyone in my list of top wines.

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A beginner’s guide to Port

What is Port? The simple answer is a sweet, fortified red wine. However since Brussel’s bureaucrats meddled with European law only the sweet fortified red wine of Portugal can be labelled as port.