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16th Jun 2017

The winelover’s secret map

by Matt Walls

Standing in his sun-drenched hallway, my friend and I stood before the newly-hung painting that he bought not long ago. “With a bit of luck, it might even go up in value,” he said, with an arched eyebrow. I couldn’t help but think of the... Read more

 

8th Jun 2017

News from the Court of Natural Sommeliers

by Ron Washam

The Court of Natural Sommeliers is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from qualified people in the wine trade who wish to pursue their N.S. There are currently 256 Natural Sommeliers in the world—220 are women, 30 are... Read more

 

7th Jun 2017

Is food and wine matching an art?

by Tim Atkin

At the height of her fame as a Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Fit Club contestant, the ex-Tory MP Ann Widdecombe was asked to write a book about how to lose weight. Her response was that were she to produce such a work, it would be very... Read more

 

17th May 2017

South America's march on the future

by Tim Atkin

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the key events in Latin American history. In January 1817, the Army of the Andes set off from Mendoza, determined to end Spanish rule on the other side of the mountains. At its head were an... Read more

 

16th May 2017

Buona Sera: Singing for our supper

by Andrea Frost

Even the most adventurous wine travellers have a breaking point. I was standing on the kerb in a narrow street in Florence studying the façade of a restaurant that showed nothing if not promise. Empty wine bottles lined the window, a statue of... Read more

 

7th May 2017

The Tyranny of Travel

by Giles Cooke MW

If you’re of a certain age you may remember a routine by Ben Elton. He described his anxiety about getting on a train or a bus and how you “ gotta get a double seat”. His breathless delivery and growing panic about the need to control and... Read more

 

2nd May 2017

Sam Euthanasia, the World's Oldest Wine Critic, rates the 2016 Bordeaux

by Ron Washam

While other critics try to be the first to publish scores of a new Bordeaux vintage, Sam Euthanasia, who, at 95, is the World’s Oldest Wine Critic, as well as the most influential, takes his time. “Listen,” he tells me, “I’m in no... Read more

 

12th Apr 2017

Where have all the wine merchants gone?

by Tim Atkin

What makes a good wine merchant? As a significant chunk of the UK trade returns from Bordeaux, having tasted their way through a few hundred samples of youthful, unfinished claret of varying degrees of fidelity to the final bottled blends, it’s... Read more

 

3rd Apr 2017

Crapaholics Anonymous

by Ron Washam

Hello, my name is Ronald. And I’m a Crapaholic. Hello, Ronald! This is my first time speaking at a Crapaholics Anonymous meeting, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the wines I drink lately. I drink wines I like.... Read more

 

31st Mar 2017

Ignoring the wine snobs

by Felicity Carter

When I was a music student back in the 1990s, a bomb went off in classical music. The world’s three greatest tenors – Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras (pictured) – had taken to singing together in football stadiums. To... Read more