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Meet the Author: alyakharchenko
Alya Kharchenko
There is not much out there that Alya wouldn’t try out – sometimes only for the sake of it, tackling obstacles of any kind being her drug of choice. But there are other things she is fond of: especially wining and writing – so wine writing came in handy. Trained as a journalist, Alya discovered her love for wine long before she moved from Moscow to London, which became her home five years ago. After having worked for the BBC, she took a leap of faith, and a few sips of wine, and started her first full time job in the wine trade at the UK's oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. Since then she's worked as a sommelier and wine advisor, but writing has never been far from her mind - as well as a bottle of nice wine, suitable for any mood and occasion.

Forget-Brimont Brut Rosé Champagne V Graham Beck Brut …

Rosé, along with pink sparkling wine and rosé Champagne, is considered...
France

2005 Domaine du Monteillet, Condrieu

Girls reading this might be familiar with “yet-another-evening-dress” syndrome – when...
Reviews

Swiss and British Wines to Celebrate the Olympic Men…

Personally, I wouldn’t call myself the biggest fan of Andy Murray before...
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2010 “Zeppelin” Müllheimer Sonnenlay Riesl…

I didn’t plan to write about this wine today – actually,...
Germany
France

Langlois Brut, Crémant de Loire

This is another wine that exposes my lack of generosity and...
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Olympic Wines of Choice, and an Introduction to Portuguese Wine

It is virtually impossible to escape Olympic theme in London even...
France

2009 Champalou Reserve Vouvray & 2009 Sacré Blanc Chenin J.Mourat Chenin Blanc

If I had to choose one white grape variety to stick...
General

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia 2009

I find pottering around my wine cellar almost as therapeutic as...
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1999 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill

Traditionally, Champagne is seen as a celebratory drink. Instinctively I disregarded...
Reviews

2005 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia

As a person who loves aromas I was always fascinated by...
Featured

Domaine Huet & Why French White is the Best Wine in the World

“But surely red wine is better than white, no?” So said...
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2008 Bott Geyl Pinot D’Alsace ‘Metiss’

Some people say you never forget your first love.Don’t know much...
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2009 Bourgogne Blanc, Le Clos du Château Ch. de Puligny-Montrachet

During the last few years Chardonnay has become a victim of...