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Murray Almond's view from the Left Island


Murray Almond
Murray Almond is a wine enthusiast from Geelong in Victoria, Australia. His wine epiphany came tasting a Wynns 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon at an introduction to wine course in 1989. Since then he's turned wine into a passion. Murray participates in number of tasting and dining groups, runs tutored tastings and is part of the Geelong Advertiser Wine Tasting Panel "The Wine Jury".


Columns A Crowning Achievement for Sparkling Wine.26 Apr 2004
Screwcaps - The Beta Videotape of the Wine World?12 Dec 2003
Seal of Approval - a book review. 7 Dec 2003
New Zealand New Release Tasting 2003 - 5 Oct 2003
New Zealand Wine through the Ages, an Abbreviated View - 17 Aug 2003
Moving Wine Around and the WINEpak Saga - 21 July 2003
Moving Around with Wine and Glasses - 31 May 2003
The Cork Industry Spins out the Fear Factor - 23 March 2003
Progressing Beyond the Cork Experience - 22 November 2002
Support For Cork Plummets according to Cork Industry Surveys - 15 Sept 2002
The Joy of the Occasional Big Wine Blowout - 28 July 2002
A Characteristic Reserve - 16 June 2002
Marketing Wine to Generation X - 25 May 2002
Cork Industry to prove that things go better with COAK - 1 April 2002
A Left Island Impression of the Taste of NZ Wine Fair - 2 March 2002
Taste of NZ Wine Fair - Day One tasting - 17 March 2002
Taste of NZ Wine Fair - Day Two tasting - 4 April 2002
Taste of NZ Wine Fair - The Pinot Noir Seminar - 21 April 2002
Taking corks for a spin - 17 February 2002
Performing Seals - Cork and Screwcap head to head - 4 February 2002
How's your CDE? (Cellar Door Experience) - 20 January 2002
How about a sparkling red this Festive Season? - 20 December 2001
Are Real Riedel Glasses for Real? - 25 November 2001
What's in a name? - 15 November 2001
The 1999 Penfolds new releases - Oh Dear - 5 November 2001
Sauvignon Blanc - a Classic Dry White? - 28 October 2001
Is oak in wine a furphy? - 30 September 2001
A Bluffer's Guide to Blind Tasting
Part 1 and Introduction: Check the Bottle - 29 July 2001
Part 2: Know Your Enemy - 19 August 2001
Part 3: The Snotta Method - 26 August 2001
Part 4: Taking a WAG and getting to Carnegie Hall - 25 September 2001
Getting Double Blind with the 1998 Gibbston Pinot - 16 September 2001
A NZ tasting in July - 15 July 2001
The Stelvin Dent Test - what happens when you drop a Stelvin-capped wine? 8 July 2001
The Essential Wine Tasting Guide - a review. 8 July 2001

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