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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


14th Aug 2014

What's the future for Chinese wine?

by Tim Atkin

First time visitors to Beijing are often struck by the pollution that seems to blanket the city on a daily basis, reducing visibility and filling lungs with undesirable gunk. It’s a symbol of China’s rush towards industrialisation, as well as... Read more


11th Aug 2014

Heavy bottles

by Robert Joseph

"Jancis [Robinson] hates heavy wine bottles, as I do. Why do winemakers use them?" This recent Facebook comment - by one of the founders of a smart London wine retailer - seems to represent the views of a significant... Read more


4th Aug 2014

The Confessions of Dr Conti

by Ron Washam

OK, I made a deal with Mr. Koch to tell everything I know about wine fraud. You know, I think it’s going to feel good to get all this off my chest, finally to tell the truth. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in my prison cell, and I’m... Read more


16th Jul 2014

The natural wine challenge

by Simon Woolf & Robert Joseph

What happens if you take two wine critics with opposing, sometimes polarised views on natural wine, throw them into London's biggest celebration of the sector and force them to taste the same wines together?... Read more


14th Jul 2014

Early drinking

by Matt Walls

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m beginning to miss the huge off-licence chains we had in the UK 10 years ago. Not that their ranges were that interesting, but I’m coming to realise they had a higher purpose. These thousands of wine... Read more


7th Jul 2014

Call me Jancis

by Ron Washam

Call me Jancis. Everyone does, even though it’s not my name. Well, it is when I’m conducting a wine seminar, or giving a speech at some God-forsaken outpost of weird wine that wants to pretend its wines are worthwhile, like the Jura. Many... Read more


5th Jul 2014

The net effect

by Tim Atkin

“Would you like to go up in one of our planes?” asked Eduardo Martín, director of the Argentinean Ministry of Agriculture’s anti-hail squad. It was an offer that was all too easy to refuse. In Mendoza, the 24 pilots who are employed by the... Read more