Posts by Chris


Up to now, I haven’t really posted links, or commented much on wine news.  This one, I think is a worthwhile exception. I won’t say much, since it’s a short piece, and I think rather self-explanatory.  I’ll just note two points: First, that I think it’s heartening to see even something like the AOC system (aka, bureaucracy) taking climate change and sustainability seriously.  Second, for those who...

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In short, no. The longer answer is the classic anthropological one: It’s complicated. Whatever the answer, we are probably stuck with sustainability, as a word and as a concept. There are two things I want to explore here. One is the term ‘sustainability’ itself, and the second the issues and concepts it conveys and the ones it obscures. This post is inspired by three things. Conversations with Charlotte Payne, the insect half of...

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It has now been, roughly, a year since I decided to drop my pursuit of the WSET Diploma. (A Parting of Ways…) In recently chatting with various people, and just thinking about wine in general, and this project in particular, it occurred to me that it might not be a bad idea to stop and reflect. What has a year away from WSET taught me, if anything?   The short answer is it’s taught me that my initial thoughts and reactions were...

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Upcoming events


Posted By on Sep 18, 2018

Anthroenology is involved in two different wine events this October. In the first, The Less Sociable Half will be doing an Insects & Wine evening with Charlotte Payne, hosted by Cambridge Wine Merchants.   You can order tickets here on Eventbrite here.   Later in October (the 26th, to be precise) both halves of Anthroenology will be at a natural wine tasting at 169West in Zurich. This is being hosted by an Cambridge and Oxford...

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It’s a forthcoming book, edited by Jacqueline Dutton and Peter Howland, and will be published by Routledge, hopefully in 2019. I’m pleased and excited to announce that I’ll have a chapter in the book. My chapter is currently entitled ‘Utopia regained: nature and the taste of terroir.‘ The proposed abstract for my chapter follows.  As in all things academic, who knows what the final chapter will look like?...

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