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“Wood Juice”

WELCOME TO EDITION 782 of GRAPEVINE The vineyard – in Anjou in the Loire – is biodynamic. The blend is about 2/3 cabernet franc and 1/3 cabernet sauvignon. The age of the vines – at the time of the 2012 vintage which I had last night – was 42 to 52 and about …

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Huawei is Stuffed

WELCOME TO EDITION 781 of GRAPEVINE Last Friday – not for the first time – I dropped my phone. The screen wouldn’t light up. Apart from being – and having been – shattered in several places on the front, the rear glass cover next to the “On” knob was also badly damaged. Action …

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Pandemic Update! One of the Highest in the World

WELCOME TO EDITION 780 of GRAPEVINE Per head of population, Singapore has one of the highest Covid infections in the world. At just 5.5 million people – yesterday Sunday 19 July 2020 – the city state was 47,912 cases. The USA – with a population of 325 million – was 3,712,604 cases. America has 59 …

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From First Growth to Vin Ordinaire

WELCOME TO EDITION 779 of GRAPEVINE Singapore will hold its general elections this Friday 10 July 2020. Of all the constituencies, there is one the equivalent of Pauillac. Tanjong Pagar. The reason is because back in the days when every constituency was a single ward, Tanjong Pagar was the bastion of the legendary …

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Romanee-Conti Wine

WELCOME TO EDITION 778 of GRAPEVINE One of the most unforgettable wines I have ever had was Romanée-Conti 1966. It was a cool, starry night in Paris on 8 September 1997 when the car decanted me in front of La Tour d’Argent. The occasion was to celebrate the 30th Anniversay of Jean-Claude Rouzaud being …

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“Great” Turnout

WELCOME TO EDITION 777 of GRAPEVINE A picture is worth a thousand words. In this particular case, the photo shows thousands of empty seats. Last Saturday 20 June 2020, Donald Trump tried to reboot his re-election campaign with a rally in an indoor stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Bok Centre has a capacity …

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Does Anyone Know?

WELCOME TO EDITION 776 of GRAPEVINE There is one English news daily in Singapore. Fortunately, in today’s wireless world, people who live here have many other sources of information. If you were to rely on the Straits Times, you may not know what is going on. In a lead story informing a 50-year old …

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Bordeaux 2019 & A Military Coup?

WELCOME TO EDITION 775 of GRAPEVINE It is not possible – for the moment – to travel to France from Singapore without undergoing quarantine upon arrival. There is also an additional 14-day quarantine when arriving back to Singapore. So, in spite of Bordeaux chateaux inviting me to taste their 2019 Vintage, I have …

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Thank You Very Much

WELCOME TO EDITION 774 of GRAPEVINE Thank you very much for the encouraging feedback on our first Wine Not? video. There will be a follow-up video on how to navigate temperatures. At the same time, there will be tips on how to split a bottle into two servings while keeping the other half as fresh as …

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WHO cares?

WELCOME TO EDITION 773 of GRAPEVINE The “Diamond Standard” of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. WHO cares? The World Health Organisation is meeting today – Monday 18 May 2020 – concerning the coronavirus pandemic. It is a waste of time because WHO will not be considering the two most important issues …

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