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This is a useful acronym to remember when tasting wine. It was passed on to me, many moons ago, by Sabrina Sykes, and stands for: Balance, Length, Intensity and Concentration. If a wine has these component parts – regardless of its stage of development – it will be worth drinking.

Stylistically speaking, I am not a fan of either Calpol or Ribeena – reminders of which I come across in many commercially made or mass produced wines. The combination of residual sugar, jammy overcooked fruit, insufficient acidity together with a big burn of alcohol on the finish, leaves me definitely not wanting more!

Here are a pair of wines with B.L.I.C.

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