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Truck and Trailer Approaching a City 1973 Jeffery Smart

Protectionism in the Global Drinks Trade

I have to admit, when I first received this topic from WSET for Diploma Unit 1 – Protectionism in the Global Drinks Trade – I had absolutely no idea where to start. It felt quite dry, and there seemed to be a lot of non-wine knowledge needed – tariffs, World Trade Organisation, NTBs – um, what? Give me a sweet question about trellising or wine production methods. The topic could easily have side-tracked into politics (ie. Brexit and Trump, although this must have been the prompt for the question, no doubt. Sign o’ the Times), which had to be resisted, if only because the assignment had a strict word limit. Funnily enough, like any study, the more I delved into it, the more I enjoyed it. Now the marks have come in, instead of having it languish on my desktop, it might as well be out there – especially as there is so much ‘tariff chat’ on the news at the moment. The footnotes have “dropped” out when I pasted it in to the blog …

Piedmont Report: 2009, 2008, 2007 Nebbiolo

With 2008 and 2009 in the market now, I dug up my 45 notes tasted in Serralunga d’Alba in 2011 and have included notes where re-tasted since then. I had always learned Nebbiolo derived from the word, “Nebbia”, meaning “fog”, alluding to the fog that sets in on the hills in Piemonte during harvest. The true meaning I am told, by every winemaker I met from Piedmont, is that Nebbiolo was named after the Piemontese word “Nebieu” meaning Noble. This may be the case, but these great wines made from Nebbiolo grape in Piemonte seem to be shrouded in fog – the fog of Italian classification laws. “We are very complicated in Piemonte,” said Pietro Ratti at the Symposium after the Nebbiolo Nobile tasting, almost as an apology. Most know Barolo and Barbaresco, some may even know they are made from Nebbiolo, but there are also other wines: Nebbiolo d’Alba, Nebbiolo from Roero and Nebbiolo Langhe. They are made from the same grape but are different classifications of Nebbiolo, some that cross over the same territories, even the same …