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15th Nov 2013

Bordeaux 2009 revisited: plush, lush, but no shoe-in

by Sarah Abbott MW

The annual Bordeaux tasting by the Institute of Masters of Wine brings together 100 or so of the best wines of Bordeaux four years after the vintage. Most of the Médoc Cru Classés (including 1st growths) are there, as well as top producers of... Read more


1st Nov 2013

The Official 2013 Bordeaux Vintage Report

by Ron Washam

Here in Bordeaux, we’re Singin’ in the Rain over the wonderful 2013 Harvest. Many might compare 2013 to the magical vintage of 1984, a vintage memorialized by the great George Orwell, who borrowed doublethink from our legendary Bordeaux... Read more


1st Nov 2013

A spoonful of sugar

by Tim Atkin

There’s nothing like delivering a speech about the UK wine market to make you focus on its strengths and weaknesses. I was asked to talk to a group of Spanish producers at the inaugural ... Read more


25th Oct 2013

The First Rule of Wine Club

by Matt Walls

Over the past twenty years book clubs have become part of the social fabric of the UK. A recent article in The Telegraph... Read more


21st Oct 2013

Wine and the Académie Française

by Robert Joseph

The arrival of President Jean Suis-Convaincu at the Elysée Palace in 2017 changed everything - but only briefly after Tea Party Republicans drove the world into a second financial crisis in 2016. His newly formed l’Exception... Read more


19th Oct 2013

What it takes to make great wine

by Tim Atkin

What does it take to make a great wine? An amazing vineyard is the most obvious answer, preferably but not necessarily planted with old vines. You can’t put lipstick on a pig, as the old advertising adage would have it, and the same is true of... Read more


7th Oct 2013

The Wisdom of Age

by Tim Atkin

“A vineyard planted at the gates of hell”, doesn’t sound like the most promising source of fine wine. You’d expect it to make a pruney, full-bodied red or a fiery fortified at best. But the 1.4 hectares of field-blended Semillon Blanc,... Read more


7th Oct 2013

The Sommeliers' Last Wish Foundation

by Ron Washam

Dear Friend of Wine, ... Read more


29th Sep 2013

Cold rush

by Matt Walls

It was a crude but effective way of making a wine buying decision: Old World vs. New World. You had savoury, medium-bodied classic styles from Europe on the one hand; fruity, powerful, full-bodied styles from Not Europe on the other. But the... Read more


20th Sep 2013

The Beautiful South

by Tim Atkin

Welcome! Bienvenidos! Thobela! Using a modern day riff on Joel Grey’s famous song in Cabaret, The Beautiful South held its first, keenly-awaited tasting in London last week. If you’ve not heard of the initiative, it is a genuinely... Read more