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4th May 2016

Alice's Adventures in Naturaland, and Through the Isinglass

by Ron Washam

Chapter One: Down the Rabbit Hole Alice was getting very tired of sitting by herself on the bank. Though she was usually by herself, unless she was at a wine tasting. But Alice didn’t like wine tastings, especially... Read more


3rd May 2016

Hey, big spender: wine on the high street

by Tim Atkin

Failing the emergence of a last minute saviour, BHS looks set to slide into administration this month, joining a list of major high street casualties that includes Comet, Woolworths and JJB Sports. The likely closure or sale of its 160 sites and... Read more


26th Apr 2016

The charm and challenge of terroir

by Andrea Frost

“It is a beautiful thing to be able to transmit the landscape in our wines,” said our host as she sat at the head of the tasting table. A panoramic window framed the rolling hills of Rioja behind her. I scribbled the quote down. Though I had... Read more


26th Apr 2016

En primeur: the other side of Bordeaux

by Nicolle Croft

The ‘primeur’ show is over for another year and the dust has settled here in Bordeaux. The journalists and buyers of the wine world with their brimming laptops and stained black teeth have left Bordeaux’s grand châteaux empty again. They... Read more


8th Apr 2016

The Climate Change Paradox

by Tim Atkin

You don’t have to be meteorologist to appreciate that something very unusual is happening to the world’s weather right now. I’ve just got back from South Africa, where dams were almost empty and the country has experienced the hottest,... Read more


4th Apr 2016

The truth about the 1976 Judgment of Paris

by Ron Washam

Forty years later, it’s time to finally reveal that the Paris Tasting of 1976 was staged, much like Neal Armstrong’s phony moon landing, Elvis Presley’s death and auction wines. Furthermore, the person claiming to be Steven Spurrier is... Read more


29th Mar 2016

Lone Woolf: a London Tasting Adventure

by Andrea Frost

In her 1930 essay Street Haunting, A London Adventure, Virginia Woolf used her search for a lead pencil as an excuse to indulge in “the greatest pleasure of town life in winter — rambling the streets of London”. Woolf’s walks... Read more


9th Mar 2016

Bordeaux 2015: one big if

by Tim Atkin

You might not have noticed, but the annual Bordeaux en primeur campaign is almost upon us. After a quartet of poor to decent vintages, when the very raison d’être of selling the region’s wines as “futures” was called into question and... Read more


7th Mar 2016

A visit to the World's Greatest Wine Library

by Ron Washam

 Here it is 2095, and I’m only now visiting the World’s Greatest Wine Library. Its vastness is daunting, its resources unparalleled. On that shelf, the first wine book ever published. Printed by Gutenberg, it’s the first edition of the... Read more


29th Feb 2016

The Perfect Match

by Andrea Frost

What wine to pair with people? While tomes have been written on pairing wine with every intellectual and sensory accompaniment available to a thinking and feeling person –food, literature, music – it’s a wonder we spend so little time... Read more