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15th Jan 2016

The wine trade’s annual health check

by Matt Walls

Every year, after an overindulgent Christmas, the wine trade books an appointment with me for its annual health check. Though most of its vital signs are entirely typical for a patient of its age, it suffers from a certain… anxiety. Normally I... Read more

 

13th Jan 2016

Talking Terroir

by Tim Atkin

“Soil is dirt.” I’m sure the Californian producer Bill Jekel was being deliberately provocative when he entered into a well-publicised debate about terroir with Bruno Prats of Château Cos d’Estournel at the end of the 1980s, but he was... Read more

 

4th Jan 2016

Wine Trends for 2016

by Ron Washam

What will be the most important, most newsworthy trends in the wine business in 2016? What trends and events will trigger every idea-less wine blogger to take to his keyboard and rewrite other people’s original remarks? This is the big question... Read more

 

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