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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

 

1st Jun 2015

Jefford on Mundane: Palate and Column Fatigue

by Ron Washam

How do you maintain your nose? Your tongue is your most important tool, but whose box do you keep it in? How often do you need a liver transplant? And where do you keep the young migrants from whom you harvest your organs? How do you get orange... Read more

 

25th May 2015

The Unexamined Wine

by Andrea Frost

Sometimes the simplest statements have the most complex meanings, while other times they mean exactly what they say.... Read more

 

18th May 2015

Guerrilla winemakers

by Matt Walls

One wine, in one place, for one year only. It's hard enough making wine in the same place each year, so as winemaking philosophies go it doesn’t get much more ambitious. But since graduating three years ago with degrees in winemaking Nick Jones... Read more

 

11th May 2015

To spray or not to spray?

by Tim Atkin

Thibault Liger-Belair is the last person you’d expect to see in a court of law. He’s friendly, respected and a supremely honest bloke who makes some of the best wines in Nuits Saint Georges as well as Moulin à Vent. And yet appear he will... Read more

 

10th May 2015

Anyone for red Chardonnay?

by The Secret Wine Merchant

There is no doubt that the Great British Public loves wine. After all, they’re regularly accused of abusing themselves with more than two glasses a night but it seems to be the one staple in life where the level of knowledge is at odds with... Read more

 

4th May 2015

Bordeaux 2014 - my methodology

by Ron Washam

Before the unveiling of my anxiously anticipated scores for 2014 Bordeaux (many of which fall between 90 and 98 points, and have pretty much been randomly assigned), I thought it might be appropriate to outline my methodology. The real question... Read more

 

27th Apr 2015

Should a wine speak for itself?

by Andrea Frost

The writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote that, “great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.” If there’s another culture’s custom that is more readily dismissed than winespeak... Read more

 

20th Apr 2015

Bitter believe it

by Matt Walls

In the UK we can be a bit prejudiced against flavoured wines and spirits. It’s not hard to see why if you look at the current proliferation of 'aromatised wine-based drinks' that are appearing on supermarket shelves. Most trumpet their ‘natural fruit flavours’, but rather than tasting of genuine strawberries, raspberries or peaches, all the ones I’ve tried have tasted like melted jelly sweets, diluted with water then poked with vodka. Most flavoured spirits aren’t much better. There are two kindred styles of flavoured wines and spirits however that have been criminally overlooked in the past that are starting to make a comeback. We’re even making some brilliant modern examples here in the UK. ... Read more

 

13th Apr 2015

Burgundy bids farewell to Anne-Claude Leflaive

by Tim Atkin

Anne-Claude Leflaive was sometimes described as one of Burgundy’s “grandes dames” but there was nothing aloof about the woman who ran the most famous white wine domaine in the Côte de Beaune. Relaxed, friendly, yet intensely focused,... Read more