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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


15th Oct 2015

South Africa's New Wave

by Tim Atkin

When was the last time you entered a wine tasting through a record shop? It was certainly a first for me. But walking past racks of LPs at The Vinyl Factory in Soho was a wonderful prelude to the recent New Wave South Africa event. It was like... Read more


5th Oct 2015

Rejected Entries for "The Oxford Companion to Wine"

by Ron Washam

I’m feeling a bit disappointed. I just opened the Fourth Edition of “The Oxford Companion to Wine” and not a single one of my entries was published. Admittedly, Jancis Robinson didn’t solicit any contributions from me, but I submitted... Read more