Monday, September 18, 2006

Hugh Gets Down On Upped Alcohol

Hugh-Johnson-w.jpgOne of the world's most distinguished wine experts has declared war on the fashion for ever-greater alcohol content, branding the new super-strength vintages as "boring" and without "useful purpose".

Hugh Johnson, who has won a string of awards in a career spanning four decades, compares today's new higher-strength wines to steroid-packed bodybuilders.

His attack is echoed by other critics, who say new wine-making techniques and the tastes of US judges have combined to make "dull-tasting rocket fuel", at the expense of more enjoyable tipples.

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