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28th Dec 2013

Monty Python and the meaning of wine

by Tim Atkin

The news that the five surviving members of Monty Python are planning a one-off reunion gig at London’s O2 arena next summer met with a range of responses, ranging from star-struck joy to comments about flogging dead parrots. What has prompted... Read more


24th Dec 2013

Calling time on the Bordeaux recipe

by The Secret Winemaker

Like most winemakers in the world of my age (and that’s the only clue I’m going to give you about my identity) I grew up regarding Bordeaux as the reference point for what we call “premium wines”. As a younger man, I went there often to... Read more


15th Dec 2013

The Sweet Smell of Success

by Robert Joseph

 “When that limey writer Tim Atkin said my S.O.S. Winemaker’s Red Blend was the ‘Coca Cola of wine’ I could’a hugged the guy. He probably thought he was bein’ critical, but who wouldn’t want to be compared to the world’s most... Read more


2nd Dec 2013

All I want for Christmas

by Ron Washam

Dear Santa, I don’t really want much for myself this Christmas. Oh, I guess there are a lot of material things that part of me craves. I was thinking I could really use a Coravin. I like using needles to enhance pleasure. Who... Read more


22nd Nov 2013

The 2013 harvest in France: un millésime du vigneron

by Tessa Segal

Earlier this month the French Ministry of Agriculture published its current estimate of the country’s wine production this year. At 42.3 million hectolitres, it looks like 2013 will narrowly surpass the historically low harvest of 2012 but... Read more


18th Nov 2013

Wine, minerals and bull schist

by Robert Joseph

"I go with the flow." Lubricated by six serious Mojitos - his favourite drink - Danny Makeabiggabuck is surprisingly loquacious about the approach he takes to the wine business. The cigar-chomping, New York-born founder of... Read more


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