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At one o’clock in the afternoon on a December day in Alghero, Sardinia, I was staving off jet lag in the most sensible way: eating tiny shrimp, mussels, razor clams, calamari and fried moray eel in La Boqueria, the city’s fish market, while drinking a sparkling Vermentino di Sardegna called Akènta. The fishmongers’ stalls were already being washed down, having sold all the seafood brought in early that morning.  But on the premises is a tiny trattoria with a blackboard menu of the day’s offerings, and by the end of this midday meal, I felt as happy and effervescent as the...

One of the best things about living in the world of wine is that there is always something new and exciting to discover. And ‘change’ is always in the air! The wine trade is always about “trends” – wine is fashion, after all. Just think – only a matter of decades ago, sweet German Riesling sold for much more money than the finest Champagne. The trend now, according to both Wine Intelligence and the Wine Market Council, is that consumers are eager to discover wines from new and exciting regions in the world. Right now, the concept of “island wine” is cool. You’ve probably already tasted...