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13th Apr 2015

Burgundy bids farewell to Anne-Claude Leflaive

by Tim Atkin

Anne-Claude Leflaive was sometimes described as one of Burgundy’s “grandes dames” but there was nothing aloof about the woman who ran the most famous white wine domaine in the Côte de Beaune. Relaxed, friendly, yet intensely focused,... Read more

 

6th Apr 2015

The five essential wine words

by Ron Washam

Most people are uncomfortable talking about wine. They think they lack the vocabulary to speak about it and, therefore, they sound stupid. They are correct. There is no subject that has people sounding so incredibly ignorant as often as wine,... Read more

 

2nd Apr 2015

Punk Rock wines

by Henry Jeffreys

I was watching a program about Irish rock music on BBC 4 the other night. The problem with these compilation shows is that in order to get to the Pogues you have to sit through the Boomtown Rats. Sure enough up popped Bob Geldof retelling the... Read more

 

1st Apr 2015

On music, wine and tasting with all your senses

by Andrea Frost

Just as wine without aromas is a rather dull drink, life without our senses engaged is much the same experience. As I sipped wine and listened to a wind trio play music paired to the offering it occured to me that somewhere on our path to sensory... Read more

 

9th Mar 2015

Bordeaux's Stonehenge moment

by Tim Atkin

There’s a scene in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s spoof rockumentary about an English heavy metal band, that features a live performance of a song called Stonehenge. Keen to add some extra theatre to the gig, Spinal Tap commission a model... Read more

 

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

 

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

 

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