Darren Smith

Darren Smith


Darren Smith is a freelance wine writer, and one half of wine and music events duo Wine & Vinyl. @darrennsmith @wineandvinyl

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Wine myths, part V: A cloudy wine is a faulty wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionEveryone who learns the WSET

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Wine myths, part IV: ‘Old vines’ equals better wines

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThe root, so to speak, of th

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Wine myths, part III: Greenness is bad

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its productionThis is a very common notion

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Wine myths, part II: A wine has to be ageworthy to be special

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smith sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production…The growing trend towards l

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Wine myths, part I: Vines have to suffer to make great wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smiths sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production...We’re familiar with the

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Bojo's back! The revival of Beaujolais

Twenty years ago Beaujolais’ wineries were closing and its vineyards being abandoned. But now, demand is soaring, particularly in the on-trade.

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Dom Pérignon’s Richard Geoffroy says acidity is not key to ageability in champagne

The idea that acidity determines the ageability of champagne is ‘nonsense', according to Dom Pérignon’s outgoing chef de cave Richard Geoffroy.‘So man

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Natural wines: The risks and rewards of ditching sulphur

The use of sulphur (or not) in wines can be as divisive as Brexit, with about as much middle ground.

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Wine myths, part I: Vines have to suffer to make great wine

In this series on wine myths, Darren Smiths sets out to debunk some commonly held assumptions about wine and its production...We’re familiar with the

Wine

Bojo's back! The revival of Beaujolais

Twenty years ago Beaujolais’ wineries were closing and its vineyards being abandoned. But now, demand is soaring, particularly in the on-trade.

Wine

Dom Pérignon’s Richard Geoffroy says acidity is not key to ageability in champagne

The idea that acidity determines the ageability of champagne is ‘nonsense', according to Dom Pérignon’s outgoing chef de cave Richard Geoffroy.‘So man

Wine

Natural wines: The risks and rewards of ditching sulphur

The use of sulphur (or not) in wines can be as divisive as Brexit, with about as much middle ground.

Wine

Cracking the code to genetic diversity in wine

Broadening the gene pool is the best way of ensuring healthy vines, and with pressure on to reduce the use of pesticides, it’s something that’s of gro

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From zero to hero: Pecorino wines come back from the brink

It was almost extinct – now it’s one of the fastest growing grape varieties in Italy.

Wine

Cracking the code to genetic diversity in wine

Broadening the gene pool is the best way of ensuring healthy vines, and with pressure on to reduce the use of pesticides, it’s something that’s of gro

Wine

From zero to hero: Pecorino wines come back from the brink

It was almost extinct – now it’s one of the fastest growing grape varieties in Italy.