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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It's all ova now: The rise of egg fermenters

Why have egg vessels become so popular and what effect do they have on the wine? Darren Smith reports.

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Night of the living red: How Palomino Fino made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In the last instalment, we look at Palomino Fino.

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Night of the living red: How Assyrtiko made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this fourth instalment, we look at Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece.

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Night of the living red: How Gamay made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this third instalment, we look at Gamay.

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Night of the living red: How Nerello Mascalese made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Nerello Mascalese from Sicily.

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Night of the living red: How Baga made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Portuguese Baga.

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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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Night of the living red: How Nerello Mascalese made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Nerello Mascalese from Sicily.

Wine

Night of the living red: How Baga made a comeback

Discover the grape varieties that came back from the dead. In this first instalment, we look at Portuguese Baga.

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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 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