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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


28th Sep 2015

Top 50 Italian Wines - Classifica 2015

by Tim Atkin

Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio - Monprivato Barolo DOCG 2010 - PiemonteGiuseppe Rinaldi - Brunate Barolo DOCG 2011 - PiemonteDuemani - Duemani Costa Toscana - IGP Cabernet Franc 2012 - ToscanaPalladino - Parafada... Read more


27th Sep 2015

Spring fever

by Andrea Frost

Flying from Europe’s approaching autumn into Australia’s blossoming spring, I was reminded what a well-coordinated spectacular the changing of the seasons is. Warm puffs of air in hectic spring winds, lighter mornings, officious birds and... Read more


20th Sep 2015

Breathable drinks

by Matt Walls

Like most kids of my generation, I was obsessed with Star Wars. My favourite scene was the Mos Eisley Cantina, where Luke Skywalker meets Han... Read more


14th Sep 2015

Rioja's vineyard revolution

by Tim Atkin

Juan Carlos López de Lacalle doesn’t look like a man who storms barricades. Skinny, bespectacled and bald, he’s more academic than action man. But appearances can be deceptive. The owner of Bodegas Artadi in Laguardia is a dynamic and highly... Read more


7th Sep 2015

The Wine Time Capsule from 2015

by Ron Washam

I’m not sure what motivated my ancestor to bury a wine time capsule back in 2015, but I felt that after two hundred years it was time to dig it up. In preparation, I’d been reading up on the history of wine in the 49th Edition of “The World... Read more


1st Sep 2015

Buon Viaggio

by Andrea Frost

People can be so virtuous when it comes to the appropriate amount of luggage to pack for an overseas trip. I was packing for a six-week wine journey through Italy when I was asked, quite seriously, if I was going to take hand luggage only. I was... Read more


20th Aug 2015

Back to the future

by Simon Woolf

Fine wines are timeless – that elusive combination of elegance, complexity and gravitas, plus ageing potential in spades. Their prices unfortunately are not. Top rank Bordeaux, Burgundy or mature Barolos increasingly come at a cost... Read more


14th Aug 2015

Do you want wine with that?

by Matt Walls

I still remember the first time I was offered a glass of wine at the hairdresser’s. I thought this was a great idea until, on picking it up for a second sip, I spotted a few hairs of various colours that had floated into my glass on hairdryer... Read more


11th Aug 2015

The Stellenbosch Renaissance

by Tim Atkin

When the 400 tickets for this year’s Swartland Revolution went on sale earlier this summer, they sold out within two minutes. Since it was first held in 2010, the annual knees up in the small town of Riebeek Casteel has become one of the key... Read more