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25th May 2015

The Unexamined Wine

by Andrea Frost

Sometimes the simplest statements have the most complex meanings, while other times they mean exactly what they say.... Read more


11th May 2015

To spray or not to spray?

by Tim Atkin

Thibault Liger-Belair is the last person you’d expect to see in a court of law. He’s friendly, respected and a supremely honest bloke who makes some of the best wines in Nuits Saint Georges as well as Moulin à Vent. And yet appear he will... Read more


10th May 2015

Anyone for red Chardonnay?

by The Secret Wine Merchant

There is no doubt that the Great British Public loves wine. After all, they’re regularly accused of abusing themselves with more than two glasses a night but it seems to be the one staple in life where the level of knowledge is at odds with... Read more


4th May 2015

Bordeaux 2014 - my methodology

by Ron Washam

Before the unveiling of my anxiously anticipated scores for 2014 Bordeaux (many of which fall between 90 and 98 points, and have pretty much been randomly assigned), I thought it might be appropriate to outline my methodology. The real question... Read more


27th Apr 2015

Should a wine speak for itself?

by Andrea Frost

The writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote that, “great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.” If there’s another culture’s custom that is more readily dismissed than winespeak... Read more


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 occurred to me that somewhere on our path to... 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