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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

 

9th Jun 2016

The Spanish Revolution

by Tim Atkin

Which country makes the finest wines in the world? When the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gave a speech at Vinitaly earlier this year, he caused a stir in the Gallic media by claiming that Italian wine is “better than French”. Heads... Read more

 

5th Jun 2016

Announcing Master of Wine Lite

by Ron Washam

The Institute of Masters of Wine is pleased to announce its new program, Masters of Wine Lite©. Tired of being the only person in your wine tasting group without initials after your name? That business card of yours looking a bit like you’re... Read more

 

31st May 2016

What makes a good wine bar?

by Andrea Frost

In his gentle 1946 essay Moon Under Water, George Orwell describes the merits of his favourite London public house. Qualities important to Orwell include atmosphere, barmaids who know their customers by name, the ability to walk freely... Read more

 

16th May 2016

Some like it cool

by Matt Walls

At the first wine course I ever took the tutor explained that Syrah and Shiraz are actually the same grape but under different names. It felt like an illuminating nugget of knowledge at the time, but it turned out to be fool’s gold. At their... Read more