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Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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2012 Frappato, Terre Siciliane

Anthony Rose: Labour of love at Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships

The first Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships were devised by Champagne's higher divinity Tom Stevenson. For the inaugural competition at Plumpton College this year, he was joined by Finnish Master of Wine, Essi Avellan, and Tony Jordan, the Australian éminence grise behind the Yarra Valley's Green Point and other Moët & Chandon New World set-ups.

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Anthony Rose: 'Some of the food and wine pairing received wisdom should be questioned'

If you follow general guidelines, like red wine with meat and white wine with fish, can you go that far wrong? Possibly not, if you accept that this is a guideline and not a rule. Many of the classic matches do genuinely work. Bear in mind, though, that sauces and sides change the balance.

Anthony Rose: Australian wines were on a winning streak at this year's Decanter awards

My co-chair on the Australian panel at this year's Decanter awards, Michael Hill Smith MW, made three telling observations after the event had wound up. First, that Australia is putting its best foot forward as producers in Europe's 'classic' regions are becoming more cagey about entering competitions.

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Anthony Rose: The Yamanashi region remains the hub of the growing Japanese wine universe

The Japan Wine Competition, which takes place every year in Yamanashi, within sight of Mount Fuji, grows bigger each year – as indeed, does the number of Japanese wines and wineries. This year, there were close on 800 Japanese wines to be judged by the five panels of tasters, with cooler regions such as Nagano, Yamagata and the northerly island of Hokkaido being given a particularly good showing.

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Anthony Rose: It's a shame Portuguese wine isn't better known and appreciated in the UK

One of the more pleasurable tasks I've undertaken this year was judging at the Concurso Vinhos de Portugal in Lisbon. Portugal is still widely associated with Port and Madeira in some minds, so it would be no exaggeration to say that the tasting was a revelation for two reasons.

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2013 de Bortoli South East Australia Chardonnay

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