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6th Oct 2014

Anosmia Dogs and other failed Master of Wine dissertations

by Ron Washam

One of the requirements for becoming a Master of Wine is an original and rigorous research paper of between 6,000 and 10,000 words. The words must be placed in sentences, or it doesn’t count. There is no similar requirement for becoming a... Read more


4th Oct 2014

Wine's tipping point

by Tim Atkin

To thine own self be true. Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet is arguably easier to give than to follow. Most of us make regular compromises in our personal and professional lives. We don’t lie to ourselves exactly, but we... Read more


3rd Oct 2014

A preview of the Cape Winemakers' Guild auction

by Tim Atkin

The Cape Winemakers Guild was created in 1982 by a group of winemakers who set out to “improve the quality and standing of South African wines”, arguably no easy thing at a time when the country was the skunk of the wine... Read more


16th Sep 2014

What would independence mean for Catalan wine?

by Miquel Hudin

If you've watched the news lately or just even flipped through the in-flight magazine on a European budget airline, you probably know about the Autonomous Region of Catalonia's drive to secede from the Spanish State. If not, the nutshell is that... Read more


10th Sep 2014

Vin de France: the flexible future?

by Natasha Hughes MW

To the French it was le gros rouge qui tache. We Brits were less interested in its saturated colour, but equally dismissive in our terminology, referring to it as plonk. But, whatever you called it, Vin de Table was never high on... Read more


9th Sep 2014

The Grande Dame of Pauillac

by Tim Atkin

As you’d expect of a former actress,  liked an... Read more


8th Sep 2014

Split infinity

by Matt Walls

What do you feel like drinking tonight? Red or white? Still or sparkling? Dry or sweet? With an endless number of wines in countless styles to choose from, it's necessary to segment this unwieldy mass to help yourself (or someone else) make a... Read more


1st Sep 2014

How to become a successful sommelier

by Ron Washam

Having the letters MS after your name doesn’t mean you’re a sommelier. A sommelier works in a restaurant. From the several dozen I’ve met, judging by their occupations, I was pretty sure MS stood for Master Shill. I, also, have letters... Read more


18th Aug 2014

Don’t forget your corkscrew

by Matt Walls

There's a point at which you can tell that a passing interest in wine has turned into something more involved. You don't notice it at the time; it's not a conscious decision. But at some point, all your holidays start taking place in wine... Read more


14th Aug 2014

First Growth claret: an affordable luxury?

by Henry Jeffreys

In 2012 I won a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1996 in a writing competition. When we moved house last year I didn’t trust the movers with it so I wrapped it up in layers of bubble wrap and carried it myself. Since then it has been sitting under... Read more