Wine Cultures

by Peter Pharos
I think it was the bottle filled with urine that did it in the end. I felt bad for my friend. This was meant to be the evening of a...

Christmas Wine

by Peter Pharos
You can tell a lot about a business by the film it chooses as representative of its customers. In the case of wine, the everlasting popularity of Sideways among professionals...

The Spirit, Not The Letter

by Peter Pharos
Engaging in wine discourse means you get to meet more strawmen than a crow. Usually, those are conveniently arranged in dipoles. There are the consumer champions, speaking for The People,...

Santorini Assyrtiko 2022 Report

by Peter Pharos
It is rather unlucky, if not downright unwise, to start producing a report on a grape variety at a point in time where its prime terroir underperformed. When I compiled...

The Good Wine Writer

by Peter Pharos
Someone once told me that nothing in wine media gets page views like writing about wine writing. No one seems to be sure quite why this is the case. It...

What Is Real Wine?

by Peter Pharos
It is, perhaps, a blessing that nobody has claimed Real Wine as a product category, just yet at least. The intention, however, is certainly there. Natural wine might be the...

Wine Trade Blues

by Peter Pharos
The most fascinating job title I’ve ever run across is grain merchant. A friend had just moved to London and decided to spend the first few months living big, which...

None More Black

by Peter Pharos
People who talk about wine rarely mention their conflicts of interest, so let me put mine front and centre: my first dinner date with my now wife included a bottle...

The Ethics of Wine Criticism, Again

by Peter Pharos
Another year, another attempt to save wine criticism from the forces of darkness. The newest gallant is Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, whose contribution will apparently be unbiased wine criticism without the...