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21st Dec 2015

The Invention of Wine

by Andrea Frost

God was sitting on one side of the boardroom table with his back against the window when a man walked in and introduced himself as Kevin from the Innovation Department. ‘Very well, let’s get on with this. I still need to hear... Read more

 

11th Dec 2015

The truth about Christmas wine columns

by Henry Jeffreys

Elizabeth David’s spiced beef recipe is one of my Christmas traditions. It involves rubbing a piece of beef every day for up to four weeks with a selection of spices, sugar and saltpetre. You then cook it for about eight hours, leave it to cool... Read more

 

6th Dec 2015

How to build a great wine cellar

by Ron Washam

You don’t need a lot of money to create a great wine cellar. Any more than you need teeth to recite Shakespeare. Or fingers to go bowling. They just help you to not look and sound stupid doing it. You can begin a wine cellar with very little... Read more

 

5th Dec 2015

Keeping it in the family?

by Tim Atkin

The front room at the Domaine Launay-Horiot in Pommard looks like something out of Miss Havisham’s mansion in Dickens’ Great Expectations. It’s dusty, cobwebbed and, on first acquaintance, more than a little sad. The furniture has barely... Read more

 

30th Nov 2015

Wine and anthropomorphism

by Andrea Frost

As a tool for describing wine, anthropomorphism or its gentler cousin personification are low in the serious wine critic’s armoury. Phrases such as “like a man flexing weight and muscle” or “an ambitious wine of poise and pedigree” have... Read more

 

23rd Nov 2015

Where are all the wine stories?

by Felicity Carter

German rehabilitation hospitals are pretty nice. My room had a view into the Black Forest, and there was a bar on the next floor. So when I opened my work email and found myself faced by hundreds of wine pitches, I had the choice of recovering by... Read more

 

9th Nov 2015

Antonini versus Rolland: wine's stylistic battleground

by Tim Atkin

In the early 1990s I was commissioned to write a story about Esme Johnstone, a former director of Majestic who’d bought Château de Sours in the unglamorous Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Johnstone was a great salesman and had persuaded... Read more

 

2nd Nov 2015

Which wine goes with erectile dysfunction?

by Ron Washam

There’s an annoying trend in wine writing to recommend wines to accompany experiences other than dining. Specific wines with specific music, for example. How much sense does that make? Though I know that when I listen to John Cage, I always... Read more

 

26th Oct 2015

For the love of Riesling?

by Andrea Frost

Why more people don’t like Riesling has baffled wine minds and Riesling champions for decades. And not just baffled, but broken hearts, tested wills and challenged the intellects of those who love the variety. No matter how many conferences,... Read more

 

19th Oct 2015

English wine: too much of a good thing?

by Matt Walls

Sitting in the October sunshine, chewing on the corner of my baguette, I wonder how many others have witnessed this timeless scene: pickers working their way up rows of vines, loading their baskets with bunches of grapes. But this isn’t... Read more