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Nina Caplan is the 2018 and 2014 Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year and the 2014 Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year for her columns on drink in the New Statesman, and the author of The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me, published by Bloomsbury. She tweets as @NinaCaplan.
The most valuable cognacs are stored in a cellar called a Paradis.
While the mind has an eye, it lacks a nose.
Sun-loving, late-ripening, high in tannin and acidity, it makes wines that can take decades to soften.
It’s the red wines that really last, in the bottle and the memory.
There is no such thing as room temperature: there are simply different rooms.
It is the colour of danger, a red rag to anyone jaded by cocktail-world bull.
Sometimes forbearance gets better results, in winemaking as in life.
Real happiness is combining people and flavours to the advantage of both.
Pink is nothing but a state of mind.
. . . and it once led F Scott Fitzgerald to humiliate himself.