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Wine is a living thing

It needs to breathe, to evolve and gracefully to decline

By Barry Smith   March 2015

© Matthew Rogers

The first question you are asked in a restaurant is often: what would you like to drink? And with the mark-up practices in most restaurants, this can be the biggest investment decision of the evening; it’s important to choose wisely. I tend to look at the wine list first and choose the bottle before working out what to eat. As others have noted before me, you have to decide who’s the soloist and who’s the accompaniment.

What if you opt for the tasting menu: that…

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