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21st Mar 2016

South Africa triumphs at the Lismore Chardonnay tasting

by Tim Atkin

Way back in 1992, so long ago that it's even disappeared from remaindered bookshelves, I wrote a tome about Chardonnay. It was a tour d'horizon of the world's most popular white grape, with entries grouped by country from Argentina... Read more

 

20th Mar 2016

In your glass in sixty minutes

by Matt Walls

Whizzing home in my driverless car, I zip past yet another boarded-up wine shop. I suspected this one wouldn’t last much past 2020. You couldn’t sample the wines or buy food, and they didn’t have any wines you couldn’t find elsewhere.... Read more

 

9th Mar 2016

Bordeaux 2015: one big if

by Tim Atkin

You might not have noticed, but the annual Bordeaux en primeur campaign is almost upon us. After a quartet of poor to decent vintages, when the very raison d’être of selling the region’s wines as “futures” was called into question and... Read more

 

7th Mar 2016

A visit to the World's Greatest Wine Library

by Ron Washam

 Here it is 2095, and I’m only now visiting the World’s Greatest Wine Library. Its vastness is daunting, its resources unparalleled. On that shelf, the first wine book ever published. Printed by Gutenberg, it’s the first edition of the... Read more

 

29th Feb 2016

The Perfect Match

by Andrea Frost

What wine to pair with people? While tomes have been written on pairing wine with every intellectual and sensory accompaniment available to a thinking and feeling person –food, literature, music – it’s a wonder we spend so little time... Read more

 

24th Feb 2016

Age is just a number, unless...you're a bottle of wine

by Joelle Thomson

“Age is a just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine,” said the actress Joan Collins, who looks uncannily youthful at 82 years old. I set the expectation dial accordingly low when bracing... 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

 

10th Feb 2016

On top of the wine world

by Tim Atkin

In his wonderful book “BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America”, the late Paul Fussell developed a theory about altitude: the higher the restaurant, the worse the food. It makes a lot of sense when you contemplate the reheated slop that’s served on... Read more

 

2nd Feb 2016

Ageing wine critics

by Ron Washam

It’s a question from wine novices that comes up repeatedly. Just how do we know how long to age our wine critics? Furthermore, how can we tell which wine critics will age well, and which will fall apart? Are there any guidelines? I... Read more

 

25th Jan 2016

Feck & Drink: why isn't there more wine on TV?

by Henry Jeffreys

If you want to annoy certain people in the wine world, lean over and say to them, ‘what you really need is a Jeremy Clarkson of wine.’ Or a Jamie Oliver (though m’esteemed colleague Matt Walls has already covered that one on this site last... Read more