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2nd Mar 2015

Ask Dr. Pinny! The Simpleton's Guide to Wine

by Ron Washam

Wine might be the most difficult beverage on Earth to enjoy properly. Coffee is easy. No matter what coffee “experts” tell you, coffee is all the same. It’s roasted beans, for God’s sake. Powder it and run hot water through it, and,... Read more

 

27th Feb 2015

Wine as company

by Andrea Frost

Occasionally I find drinking wine to be a perfectly good substitute for the company of people. I am aware this sounds dangerously close to both addiction and conceit and may well be too early in this new column of mine to make such a revelation,... Read more

 

11th Feb 2015

Marlborough: The Fear of France?

by Matt Walls

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you'll love Marlborough in New Zealand. Of its 22,903 hectares of vineyards, 19,639 of them are planted with it. Undoubtedly this feels like an awful lot of eggs in one basket for local winemakers, so no wonder some... Read more

 

10th Feb 2015

What went wrong at Vinopolis?

by Tim Atkin

Is it really 16 years since Vinopolis opened its doors to the public? I can clearly remember the hoopla and sense of anticipation that accompanied the launch of London’s self-styled “premier wine tasting experience and visitor attraction”.... Read more

 

2nd Feb 2015

The six people you want to avoid in the wine business

by Ron Washam

Everyone has advice for whom you should know in the wine business. Article after article on the subject have appeared in online publications. And each one is self-serving crap, a way to say I already know all these people, I’m basically one of... Read more

 

14th Jan 2015

Braver New World

by Matt Walls

“Sorry I’m late sir. Ignore the bandage, I had an unexpected visit to the hospital to get my ear seen to. Anyway – I understand you’d like me to paint your sunflowers… So, oil paint or watercolours? And how would you like them arranged... Read more

 

11th Jan 2015

Farewell, Dave West and Serge Hochar

by Tim Atkin

It’s highly unlikely that Dave West, the former barrow boy who created Eastenders in Calais, and Serge Hochar of Lebanon’s Château Musar ever met. The former didn’t strike me as the sort of bloke who visited Lebanon on his holidays, while... Read more

 

8th Jan 2015

Who are you calling an alcoholic?

by Henry Jeffreys

I’m sure you’ve already had your fill of writers telling you that they’re giving up drink for January or that they’re not giving up anything for January because they’re different. Instead I thought it would be interesting to reflect on... Read more

 

5th Jan 2015

What not to publish on your wine blog in 2015

by Ron Washam

Shut up about alcohol levels, for Christ’s sake. You don’t know what you’re talking about. And what ABV (Alcohol By Verisimilitude) is it that you’re referring to, the number listed on the label? Moron. Those... Read more

 

15th Dec 2014

South Africa – Vote Yes

by Matt Walls

Sometimes it takes events like the Scottish Referendum to make you realise that however ancient and permanent the old order appears, the status quo could suddenly change. It’s no different in the world of wine: in fact, there’s one anomaly... Read more