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7th Jan 2019

The Dark Web of Wine

by Ron Washam

There are wine sites on the internet where you don’t want to go. I’m not just referring to the horrors of PUNCH or Wine Anorak, but sites even worse for wine (and language) lovers. Worse than Forbes.com! Worse than Wine Folly! Sites that... Read more

 

17th Dec 2018

The kingdom of the blind

by Matt Walls

Most wine professionals have a story of when they aced a blind tasting, a well-worn tale of olfactory deduction that would have Sherlock Holmes slack-jawed in amazement. It inevitably concludes with a self-deprecating comment along the lines of... Read more

 

14th Dec 2018

How low can you go?

by Tim Atkin MW

What makes a wine worth drinking? is the intriguing title of American importer Terry Theise’s new book ($25, HMH). If you’ve never heard of TT, he’s one of the most intelligent and considered voices in the world of wine,... Read more

 

10th Dec 2018

Please Give This Christmas, So I Won’t Have To

by Ron Washam

What I dread about Christmas are the gifts. For example, I don’t want a Coravin. Coravins are stupid. Somebody is going to give me a goddam Coravin, I just know it, and I don’t want one. I’ll never use it, and it will sit on my kitchen... Read more

 

19th Nov 2018

Trump, Macron and Making Wine Great Again

by Christy Canterbury MW

“It's one of my only good traits. I never had a glass of alcohol. I never had alcohol, for whatever reason," he added. "Can you imagine if I had? What a mess I would be. I would be the world's worst.” Though he’s not a drinker,... Read more

 

15th Nov 2018

Things are hotting up in Burgundy

by Tim Atkin MW

Another year, another sale in Burgundy. Twelve months ago, it was Clos de Tart, bought by François Pinault’s Artémis Group for €280m; now it’s Domaine Henri Rabourseau, in which the billionaire Bouygues brothers, Martin and Olivier, have... Read more

 

5th Nov 2018

The Court of Master Sommeliers: Who Says Cheaters Never Proctor?

by Ron Washam

 “The Court of Master Sommeliers stripping the titles from 23 of the 24 candidates who took the tainted blind wine tasting exam in order to preserve the Court’s ‘integrity,’” Larry Anosmia MS tells me, “is like Stormy Daniels... Read more

 

29th Oct 2018

Crab brains and Cabernet

by Matt Walls

The last twenty metres of road aren’t yet tarmacked on the way to He Jin Zun winery in Ningxia, northern China, so we get out and crunch over the gravel on foot. Consultant winemaker David Tyney bounds out to greet us and walks us through the... Read more

 

29th Oct 2018

Cover letter for the post of Head of Strategy of the Institute of Masters of Wine

by Peter Pharos

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Institute, It is with pleasure and trepidation that I am applying for the position of Head of Strategy at the Institute [1]. While this is undoubtedly the foremost [2] body of Wine Professionals in the... Read more

 

16th Oct 2018

How to make a hangover work for you

by Celia Bryan-Brown

I saw Christmas decorations in the supermarket today. Admittedly, they were tucked behind ranks of lurid Halloween costumes – but still. Between these and the inexplicable (and surely eternally unused) nets-of-nuts, family pack chocolates and... Read more