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29th Jun 2015

On wine and wondering

by Andrea Frost

Even though I spend a lot of time wandering in and wondering about nature, I confess I felt foolish being dropped in a vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand, so I could sit on my own to think.... Read more


11th Feb 2015

Marlborough: The Fear of France?

by Matt Walls

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you'll love Marlborough in New Zealand. Of its 22,903 hectares of vineyards, 19,639 of them are planted with it. Undoubtedly this feels like an awful lot of eggs in one basket for local winemakers, so no wonder some... Read more


9th Jun 2014

Newcomers on the scene

by Matt Walls

They wouldn’t have got past the elevator pitch in Dragons’ Den. “So you want to sell premium Austrian wines from a transport container in the East End of London?” summarises a puzzled Duncan Bannatyne; “I’m ooot.” But after just... 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


7th Jun 2013

Canada: you can't build an industry on Icewine

by Matt Walls

Norman Hardie has been making impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Ontario, in the east of Canada, since 2004. He admits that Icewine has been both a blessing and a curse: “it’s good and bad... it shows people we can make wine” he says,... Read more


4th Dec 2012

Ten things you need to know about the 2011 Burgundy vintage

by Tim Atkin

My full report on the very enjoyable 2011 vintage in Burgundy will be published in January... Read more


27th Oct 2012

Do New World wines age?

by Tim Atkin

What’s the difference between a New and an Old World wine? Twenty-seven years ago, when I started writing about the subject, the distinction was clear-cut. The received wisdom was that the former made fruity, easy-drinking wines, often with... Read more


17th Sep 2012

Champagne: where the party's really at

by Matt Walls

Sometimes I feel very lucky to be living in the UK when it comes to getting hold of good wine. Since the UK has historically been an importer of other countries’ wines, rather than producer of its own, the UK wine industry has tended to be... Read more


2nd Jul 2012

What's the point of posh tastings?

by Tim Atkin

A friend of mine who’s a barrister calls what I do for a living “the most un-job like job in the world”. It’s a common perception. “Need an unpaid assistant?” I get asked on a regular basis, although the offers are less frequent when... Read more


5th May 2012

Alsace and the meaning of tradition

by Tim Atkin

The wine world thrives on novelty: new vintages, new flavours, new producers. In some ways, this is both understandable and necessary. Creating a bit of sizzle around a category that, in the UK at least, is struggling against a combination of... Read more