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John Farren

Sipping Snippets:

So how much do you know about grape varieties? Try this quiz from Decanter and show just how knowledgable you are (or not!) Clickhereto start

Expand your vinous knowledge

  Want to learn more about wine, grapes, wine growing countries and areas? In fact anything about wine and, for that matter, food. Wikipedia is a huge repository of information on line. If you would like to delve into it's countless articles on the subject, click here for easy access.

The Top 100 wines of 2015    

A Brit produces the top wine of the year 2015. As far as the Wine Spectator is concerned anyway. Sir Peter Michael of the Vineyard Restaurant, Newbury fame, came top of the 2015 list with his Au Paradis Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. scoring 96 points and a steal at $195! Visit their website to see videos, the tasting notes (and the prices!)

     I can strongly recommend a visit to this website. The videos (albeit a bit slow occasionally)and tasting notes for the top 10 are excellent. By looking at the short videos for all of the top 100 wines you can gain a lot ok general vinous knowledge. Just click on the home page and then the Top 100 for 2014 and click on the video or tasting note link for any of them.

Added note JF: But whatever happened to Lail Vineyard's J Daniel Cuvee 2012 (100pts but $250)!!

Japanese Food and Drink>    

     Ever thought that you want to know about the way that Japanese Food is prepared and the correct way to eat it? Would you like to know how to use chopsticks properly? Well Chris and Yoko Gutch in a recent presentation to the Berkshire Branch can help you out. First read the article outlining their talk. Then follow the links to many interesting facts about Japanese cuisine and dining.

Wines of India    

     Many of you will have seen the excellent article by Chris Graham in the latest IWFS Magazine. Here is an opportunity to to look at it through the Berkshire Branch's own web page. Just click here
    A small addition has been made to the Magazine in the form of some links to websites that tell you more about the Sula Winery and Indian Wine in general. (JF)

The First Two IWFS Award Certificates for Wine!

        As a result of this excellent visit the IWFS Berkshire Branch has set a new direction for IWFS by gaining agreement from the EAC Committee to present IWFS Award Certificates for exceptional Wine Presentations and Tastings. A report on the award winners and the presentations can be viewed here. (JF)