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19th Feb 2018

Capital ventures

by Matt Walls

When London's first urban winery opened in 2013, I was cynical. But London Cru is still going strong, having since won multiple awards for its wines and gained listings in Michelin-starred restaurants. A second winery, Renegade Wines, opened in... Read more

 

9th Jun 2016

The Spanish Revolution

by Tim Atkin

Which country makes the finest wines in the world? When the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gave a speech at Vinitaly earlier this year, he caused a stir in the Gallic media by claiming that Italian wine is “better than French”. Heads... 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

 

15th Feb 2016

The shock of the new

by Matt Walls

When tasting my way through a large number of unfamiliar wines, there are a few tell-tale signs that I’ve encountered something special. Firstly, an involuntary smile creeps over my face. Secondly, I find myself hurriedly writing a long note.... Read more

 

14th Sep 2015

Rioja's vineyard revolution

by Tim Atkin

Juan Carlos López de Lacalle doesn’t look like a man who storms barricades. Skinny, bespectacled and bald, he’s more academic than action man. But appearances can be deceptive. The owner of Bodegas Artadi in Laguardia is a dynamic and highly... Read more

 

8th Jun 2015

Priorat: too little of a good thing?

by Tim Atkin

It doesn’t feature on many wine tours, but the village of Bellmunt del Priorat has its very own mining museum, a tribute to a time when lead was more important than grapes to the economy of this wild and isolated corner of Catalonia. The... Read more

 

4th Oct 2014

Wine's tipping point

by Tim Atkin

To thine own self be true. Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet is arguably easier to give than to follow. Most of us make regular compromises in our personal and professional lives. We don’t lie to ourselves exactly, but we... Read more

 

8th Sep 2014

Split infinity

by Matt Walls

What do you feel like drinking tonight? Red or white? Still or sparkling? Dry or sweet? With an endless number of wines in countless styles to choose from, it's necessary to segment this unwieldy mass to help yourself (or someone else) make a... Read more

 

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

 

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