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18th Aug 2014

Don’t forget your corkscrew

by Matt Walls

There's a point at which you can tell that a passing interest in wine has turned into something more involved. You don't notice it at the time; it's not a conscious decision. But at some point, all your holidays start taking place in wine... Read more

 

14th Aug 2014

First Growth claret: an affordable luxury?

by Henry Jeffreys

In 2012 I won a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1996 in a writing competition. When we moved house last year I didn’t trust the movers with it so I wrapped it up in layers of bubble wrap and carried it myself. Since then it has been sitting under... Read more

 

12th May 2014

Chapoutier's class of 2013

by Matt Walls

If the majority of the press surrounding the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux is to be believed, most en primeur samples should have been gathered up, put in a sack and drowned in the Gironde like so many sickly, malformed kittens. Bordeaux is always the... Read more

 

10th Apr 2014

Bordeaux 2004: the indefinite article

by Sarah Abbott MW

This write-up is late, but then so was the vintage. It was interrupted by a visit to Georgia for the International Wine Tourism conference. (Georgia demands much, but gives more. I received toasts, drinking cups, fantastic food, and dancing. And... Read more

 

10th Mar 2014

Spend less, drink better

by Matt Walls

The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on... Read more

 

14th Feb 2014

Virgile Joly: Doing it the hard way

by Simon Woolf

If you work in the wine industry, you've probably heard this joke before: What's the best way to become a millionaire in wine? Answer – start with two million.... Read more

 

20th Jan 2014

A review of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & sparkling wine (Absolute Press)

by Michael Edwards

Although certainly a fully revised and updated edition of Tom Stevenson’s standard reference work on Champagne and all things effervescent, this opus is more than that- it’s very much Essi Avelan’s book. Given Tom’s Olympian blessing... Read more

 

30th Dec 2013

Supergrapes vs. Evil Greegeo

by Matt Walls

Come to think of it, there are a few grape varieties that would make perfect superheroes. Their day-to-day personas are mild mannered to say the least. The wines they make are pretty weak – they are what Clark Kent is to broadsheet journalism.... Read more

 

22nd Nov 2013

The 2013 harvest in France: un millésime du vigneron

by Tessa Segal

Earlier this month the French Ministry of Agriculture published its current estimate of the country’s wine production this year. At 42.3 million hectolitres, it looks like 2013 will narrowly surpass the historically low harvest of 2012 but... Read more

 

15th Nov 2013

Bordeaux 2009 revisited: plush, lush, but no shoe-in

by Sarah Abbott MW

The annual Bordeaux tasting by the Institute of Masters of Wine brings together 100 or so of the best wines of Bordeaux four years after the vintage. Most of the Médoc Cru Classés (including 1st growths) are there, as well as top producers of... Read more