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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.

      2011 Il Papavero Papaverone

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      2010 t=0, McLaren Vale, Australia

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      2009 L’Argilus du Roi, St Estèphe Bordeaux

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      Cahors and Recioto Sweet Red Wines

      Sweet red wine is a risky business. One wrong move and...

      Rioja Finca Valpiedra 1996

      It took me years to get there but now I’m convinced...