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From time to time, I am invited to taste wines where food, travel or acommodation is also provided.  In this case, such fact is disclosed in the review as "attendance as a guest" of the relevant offeror.

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Tasting conditions vary

While I try to be as consistent as possible, many factors influence how wine might be perceived on any particular day.  Wine reviews, in my opinion, are point in time impressions and sensible people can have entirely different views.

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