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7th Jul 2014

Call me Jancis

by Ron Washam

Call me Jancis. Everyone does, even though it’s not my name. Well, it is when I’m conducting a wine seminar, or giving a speech at some God-forsaken outpost of weird wine that wants to pretend its wines are worthwhile, like the Jura. Many... Read more


5th Jul 2014

The net effect

by Tim Atkin

“Would you like to go up in one of our planes?” asked Eduardo Martín, director of the Argentinean Ministry of Agriculture’s anti-hail squad. It was an offer that was all too easy to refuse. In Mendoza, the 24 pilots who are employed by the... Read more


2nd Jul 2014

In praise of wine consultants

by Robert Joseph

"I can’t help admiring producers who don’t rely on someone else to tell them how to make their wine. Most of the bottles I enjoy drinking reflect their... Read more


2nd Jun 2014

Natural opinions - unfiltered and slightly fecal

by Ron Washam

A couple of weeks ago, Jamie Goode published an article on his blog, WineAnorexic (“Tragically... Read more


31st May 2014

Sherry's great leap forward

by Tim Atkin

Is Sherry in danger of becoming cool? Outside London, where a new generation of Spanish restaurants and tapas bars is slowly transforming the image of this most traditional of fortified wines, the question would have pensioners spluttering into... Read more


30th May 2014

Should cats sell wine?

by Henry Jeffreys

The first rule of the internet is that pictures of cats will beat anything in popularity. I have a writer friend who is pretty big on Twitter. He has 20k followers, which seems very impressive until you realise that his comedy cat account has... Read more


27th May 2014

Wine's missing link

by Robert Joseph

Thank God the food, music and art world aren’t run by the people who run the wine industry. Artists, musicians and chefs are allowed, and even encouraged, to experiment, to explore, to shock and delight. In wine, there seems to be a cultural,... Read more


20th May 2014

Who judges the judges? More thoughts on wine competitions

by Robert Joseph

We are living in - as the Chinese might say - electorally interesting times. India has just collectively decided to hand its governance to Narendra Modi who is variously described as the subcontinent's economic great white hope - its Margaret... Read more


16th May 2014

What's the point of wine competitions?

by Robert Joseph

Wine competitions are the worst way to identify the world's best wines. Apart from all the others that have been tried. I make no excuse for mangling Churchill's famous quote about democracy and using it here because the process of getting a... Read more


10th May 2014

Tokaj's silver lining

by Wojciech Bonkowski

The Tokaj wine region organised its second wine auction recently. Modelled on the Hospices de Beaune, it featured unique lots of dry and sweet wines offered by the 136-litre barrel, and grossed over ... Read more