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19th Aug 2016

Rethinking wine: back to the future?

by Henry Jeffreys

It might surprise you to learn that London had a fleet of electric taxis in the late 19th century. They were known as hummingbirds because of the noise they made. It wasn’t just Britain, there were 30,000 thousand electric cars in the US at the... Read more

 

15th Aug 2016

Ventoux: wild wild East

by Matt Walls

“Bonjour!” beamed the skinny young monk as he hurried past me down the steep dirt path, his brown habit flapping behind him. It turns out the local monastery had only been finished 10 years ago. I’d have thought there were sufficient... Read more

 

8th Aug 2016

Wine's Future Shock

by Tim Atkin

So many celebrities – and celebrity winemakers – have died this year that it was easy to miss the recent passing of Alvin Toffler. Alvin who, some of you may ask? The author of the 1970s bestseller Future Shock became more famous for his... Read more

 

1st Aug 2016

Donald Trump's World Atlas of Wine

by Ron Washam

What is it with you people that you want to know what I think about wine all the time? When I became the new Emperor of Wine, and, really, I’m doing a fantastic job, just fantastic, I didn’t know I’d have to spend all my time educating all... Read more

 

25th Jul 2016

On Wine and Europe

by Andrea Frost

It is hard to think of wine and not think of Europe and its influence on wine and the people who drink it. So profound is Europe’s impact, it hardly bears noting. But as the world quarrels about where Europe’s lines should be drawn, and I am... Read more

 

10th Jul 2016

What would Brexit mean for the wine business?

by Tim Atkin

What will Brexit mean for the wine business? In the traumatic week that has followed the referendum and the decision of 52% of voters to leave the European Union, the very question has seemed increasingly, almost fatuously irrelevant. It’s hard... Read more

 

5th Jul 2016

Trump, Brexit and other endangered grape varieties

by Ron Washam

Estimates of the number of varieties of Vitis vinifera in cultivation vary widely. In the seminal work, “Wine Grapes,” the grape expert Dr. José Vouillamoz (pronounced “Wham-O”) asserts that the number is “close to a shitload.” (A... Read more

 

28th Jun 2016

She said, he said

by Andrea Frost

I hadn’t expected we’d discuss gender issues during the Burgundy masterclass at the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial in the Hunter Valley, but somewhere between the Volnay and the Chambertin the issue arose. The Len Evans Tutorial is... Read more

 

20th Jun 2016

The 2016 London Steak Awards: rare qualities

by Matt Walls

Last week was exhausting. In the course of judging the 2016 Graffigna London Steak Awards I had to visit four of London’s best steak restaurants on four consecutive nights. I mentioned it on Twitter in the hope of some sympathy and support, but... Read more

 

17th Jun 2016

The Tour de West Norwood

by Henry Jeffreys

Whilst most of my boyhood friends had pictures of John Barnes or Ian Rush on their walls, I had Gianni Bugno and Laurent Jalabert. In my teens, cycling was my passion (as a spectator sport that is, I was a lazy bugger.) I just caught the end of... Read more