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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 …

A Judgement of Our Times – Trump Wines

If logic applied, the Trump wines (i.e. a project with enough built-in cynicism owned by teetotal reality-TV-star-turned US President Donald Trump) should be reliably terrible. But these are extraordinary times, as Adam Curtis explains in his political documentary HyperNormalisation; and in 2017, we prefer to retreat into a simpler world rather than face the huge complexities of politics today. And, he argues, this trend began 40 years ago. That’s about the same time as the Judgement of Paris tasting of 1976, where Californian wines were pitted against the French greats and won. After the “A Judgment of Our Times” blind tasting, for a brief moment, I felt outrage similar to Odette Khan after the original tasting. Organised by Evening Standard drinks writer Douglas Blyde, and James Hocking, wine director at The Vineyard Cellars and The Vineyard Hotel, we arrived with no idea of what to expect. We then entered the dining room where a large canvas shows the original participants of The Judgement of Paris in a heated debate. America First We tasted two wines at a time, completely blind. One of the wines in …