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14th Apr 2014

Madeira quake

by Matt Walls

I always find it strange how fortified wines – Sherry, Port and Madeira – are so often portrayed as drinks for vicars and old ladies. The reality is these are drinks for hardcore hedonists. Not because they have (slightly) elevated levels of... Read more


10th Apr 2014

Bordeaux 2004: the indefinite article

by Sarah Abbott MW

This write-up is late, but then so was the vintage. It was interrupted by a visit to Georgia for the International Wine Tourism conference. (Georgia demands much, but gives more. I received toasts, drinking cups, fantastic food, and dancing. And... Read more


8th Apr 2014

Why en primeur Bordeaux isn't like a Louis Vuitton handbag

by The Secret Wine Merchant

‘If you don’t believe in the Bordeaux Primeurs, or think the system is flawed, then don’t take part in it!! You can’t have it both ways.... Read more


7th Apr 2014

How to choose a white wine: a beginner's guide

by Ron Washam

Choosing a white wine can be summed up in a single word: Don’t. People will tell you that white wine is every bit as interesting as red wine. These are the same people who will tell you cats are every bit as good as dogs as pets. These are... Read more


6th Apr 2014

Why Bordeaux en primeur isn't working

by Tim Atkin

Setting the price of en primeur Bordeaux has always been something of a poker game, but Château Pontet-Canet’s decision to release its 2013 at €60 ex-négociant, before almost anyone had tasted it, has upped the stakes in this most... Read more


4th Apr 2014

Keep the red trousers flying

by Henry Jeffreys

When authors or publishers get to a certain age, roughly 37, they are issued with a shapeless blue linen jacket. They then fill the pockets with books, papers, tobacco and various literary ephemera to make it more shapeless still. Men in the... Read more


17th Mar 2014

Keep the customer satisfied

by Robert Joseph

Imagine, if you will, two equally-skilled chef-restaurateurs whom we’ll call Jean-Paul and Jean-Jacques. J-P’s philosophy is simple: he makes the most out of locally-grown ingredients - even when they aren’t very good - and only cooks... Read more


13th Mar 2014

Cornelissen's way - Making wine without sulphur

by Simon Woolf

Mount Etna's most controversial winemaker, Frank Cornelissen, is a hard man to track down. ... Read more


11th Mar 2014

I'm not 100 points on that

by Tim Atkin

What’s the definition of a 100-point wine? Depending on who’s handing out the numbers, a cynic might say it’s something you can’t afford and don’t want to drink anyway, but the question deserves a more considered answer. Scores are an... Read more


10th Mar 2014

Spend less, drink better

by Matt Walls

The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on... Read more