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27th Oct 2012

Do New World wines age?

by Tim Atkin

What’s the difference between a New and an Old World wine? Twenty-seven years ago, when I started writing about the subject, the distinction was clear-cut. The received wisdom was that the former made fruity, easy-drinking wines, often with... Read more

 

17th Sep 2012

Champagne: where the party's really at

by Matt Walls

Sometimes I feel very lucky to be living in the UK when it comes to getting hold of good wine. Since the UK has historically been an importer of other countries’ wines, rather than producer of its own, the UK wine industry has tended to be... Read more

 

2nd Jul 2012

What's the point of posh tastings?

by Tim Atkin

A friend of mine who’s a barrister calls what I do for a living “the most un-job like job in the world”. It’s a common perception. “Need an unpaid assistant?” I get asked on a regular basis, although the offers are less frequent when... Read more

 

5th May 2012

Alsace and the meaning of tradition

by Tim Atkin

The wine world thrives on novelty: new vintages, new flavours, new producers. In some ways, this is both understandable and necessary. Creating a bit of sizzle around a category that, in the UK at least, is struggling against a combination of... Read more

 

25th Mar 2012

Pinot Central by Alan Brady

by Tim Atkin

 A friend of mine in the south of France runs a business advising people who want to buy vineyards. Some of them have lots of money, refugees from the city or the corporate world, but many of them don't. What most of them have in common is... Read more

 

10th Feb 2012

My Dream Cellar

by Tim Atkin

Imagine, just for one minute, that you were richer than Bill Gates: more loaded than a Hollywood film star, Warren Buffett and a Russian oligarch put together. Which wines would you buy? Would you stock your cellar with the most expensive... Read more

 

20th Jan 2012

Burgundy 2010: the year of the sorting table

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy week has become such an established feature of the annual tasting circuit – half of London’s livery halls, art galleries and old court rooms seem to be taken over by growers pouring samples – that no one ever stops to question the... Read more

 

14th Jan 2012

Me, Kurt Vonnegut and wine

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite cuttings, passed on to me by my father more than a decade ago, first appeared in an unlikely place: Inc. Technology magazine. It's an interview with the late Kurt Vonnegut, best known for the satirical novel... Read more

 

11th Nov 2011

My top dozen wines from the Biodyvin tasting

by Tim Atkin

2007 Domaine Bott-Geyl Gewurztraminer d’Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglantz (available from OW Loeb)One of a series of stunning wines from this outstanding... Read more

 

4th Nov 2011

The pick of Waitrose's wine range

by Tim Atkin

RED2010 Saumur, Les Nivières (£7.49, 13%) Essence of Loire Cabernet Franc, this unoaked red is a delight: soft and grassy with fresh acidity, no oak and pure blackcurrant and green pepper... Read more