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29th Sep 2018

Is an imitation wine better than a fake?

by Christy Canterbury MW

Charles Caleb Colton is originally credited with the phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Yet it more often is attributed to Oscar Wilde, whose cheeky addition “...that mediocrity can pay to greatness” is frequently... Read more


13th Sep 2018

The Wine Writers of Penzance

by Peter Pharos

A scenic market town in South England. A gang of rowdy wine writers have ambushed a party of innocent wine sellers. The leading seller, a jovial, portly man in his early 50s, steps forward to the Head of the Wine Writers’ gang, and the... Read more


13th Sep 2018

Bad times in Buenos Aires

by Tim Atkin MW

Every year at the end of my three-week tour of Argentina, I sit down with Dr Nicolas Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata for breakfast. He, inevitably, wants to talk about wine – new bodegas and regions, the latest vintage – while I want to talk... Read more


3rd Sep 2018

Freddie Perjury, Director of Greenwashing

by Ron Washam

Prick Family Vineyards owner Rich Prick has announced the hiring of Freddie Perjury as Director of Greenwashing. “I’ve given Freddie the assignment of communicating to the wine buying public our commitment to the environment, to the health... Read more


22nd Aug 2018

Eccentric current

by Matt Walls

English sparkling wine producers collectively present a terribly well-to-do appearance, all smart chinos and glasses of fizz on the lawn. But Pythonesque tendrils are creeping through the cracks in the patio… From Sussex Pinotage, to Tooting... Read more


10th Aug 2018

The Cost of the Dream

by Tim Atkin

Is marriage a matter of the head or the heart? Driving back from my godson’s wedding in Nottingham recently, I heard an interview with Baroness Fiona Shackleton, Britain’s leading divorce lawyer, on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme, about... Read more


6th Aug 2018

Natural Disaster Wines

by Ron Washam

Natural Wines are so last year. Oh, there’s the usual set of One Trick Phonies out there who will never stop evangelizing for Natural Wines. What else do they have? Natural Wine is their only identity. There’s an enormous world of wine out... Read more


31st Jul 2018

Rock wine: the dry whites of Santorini

by Peter Pharos

A staple of wine lore is how much better wine tastes at the place of its production. The bottle of Chianti at a villa in the Tuscan hills; the Provencal rosé in an ice cube-filled plastic bag at the Cote d’Azur; maybe a glass of Zin at a sleek... Read more


23rd Jul 2018

Wine's magic sauce

by Celia Bryan-Brown

With the country sweltering through a heatwave, work sludges onwards towards August. Through an endless relay of ‘Out Of Office’ auto-responses, there’s only one thing everyone’s mind: holidays, and all that they symbolise.... Read more


15th Jul 2018

On Parker and Parkerisation

by Tim Atkin

Robert Parker is one of the most talked about and divisive individuals in the world of wine. Now into his seventies and the twilight of his career, he still has the power to ignite heated discussions, even if his sway over the wineries, domaines... Read more