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17th May 2017

South America's march on the future

by Tim Atkin

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the key events in Latin American history. In January 1817, the Army of the Andes set off from Mendoza, determined to end Spanish rule on the other side of the mountains. At its head were an... Read more

 

16th May 2017

Buona Sera: Singing for our supper

by Andrea Frost

Even the most adventurous wine travellers have a breaking point. I was standing on the kerb in a narrow street in Florence studying the façade of a restaurant that showed nothing if not promise. Empty wine bottles lined the window, a statue of... Read more

 

7th May 2017

The Tyranny of Travel

by Giles Cooke MW

If you’re of a certain age you may remember a routine by Ben Elton. He described his anxiety about getting on a train or a bus and how you “ gotta get a double seat”. His breathless delivery and growing panic about the need to control and... Read more

 

2nd May 2017

Sam Euthanasia, the World's Oldest Wine Critic, rates the 2016 Bordeaux

by Ron Washam

While other critics try to be the first to publish scores of a new Bordeaux vintage, Sam Euthanasia, who, at 95, is the World’s Oldest Wine Critic, as well as the most influential, takes his time. “Listen,” he tells me, “I’m in no... Read more

 

17th Apr 2017

The chef that writes wine lists

by Matt Walls

Which comes first: the celebrity chef’s animated persona or their success in television? Martin Lam has largely eschewed the media over his 45 years in the restaurant business. Perhaps it’s how he’s remained so down-to-earth; at 61, he has... Read more

 

12th Apr 2017

Where have all the wine merchants gone?

by Tim Atkin

What makes a good wine merchant? As a significant chunk of the UK trade returns from Bordeaux, having tasted their way through a few hundred samples of youthful, unfinished claret of varying degrees of fidelity to the final bottled blends, it’s... Read more

 

3rd Apr 2017

Crapaholics Anonymous

by Ron Washam

Hello, my name is Ronald. And I’m a Crapaholic. Hello, Ronald! This is my first time speaking at a Crapaholics Anonymous meeting, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the wines I drink lately. I drink wines I like.... Read more

 

31st Mar 2017

Ignoring the wine snobs

by Felicity Carter

When I was a music student back in the 1990s, a bomb went off in classical music. The world’s three greatest tenors – Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras (pictured) – had taken to singing together in football stadiums. To... Read more

 

20th Mar 2017

Rock n’ roll excess

by Matt Walls

When I listen to electro I crave Riesling. The precise polished perfection of the sound somehow recalls the technicolour citrus acidity of the... Read more

 

12th Mar 2017

Is meat really made for Malbec?

by Natasha Hughes

The wine trade loves a good shibboleth. Sauternes is the best match for foie gras, for instance. (Wrong, unless you’re into having your palate clagged up by an unctuous sweet wine that doesn’t have enough acidity to cleanse your palate after... Read more