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16th Sep 2014

What would independence mean for Catalan wine?

by Miquel Hudin

If you've watched the news lately or just even flipped through the in-flight magazine on a European budget airline, you probably know about the Autonomous Region of Catalonia's drive to secede from the Spanish State. If not, the nutshell is that... Read more


10th Sep 2014

Vin de France: the flexible future?

by Natasha Hughes MW

To the French it was le gros rouge qui tache. We Brits were less interested in its saturated colour, but equally dismissive in our terminology, referring to it as plonk. But, whatever you called it, Vin de Table was never high on... Read more


9th Sep 2014

The Grande Dame of Pauillac

by Tim Atkin

As you’d expect of a former actress,  liked an... Read more


8th Sep 2014

Split infinity

by Matt Walls

What do you feel like drinking tonight? Red or white? Still or sparkling? Dry or sweet? With an endless number of wines in countless styles to choose from, it's necessary to segment this unwieldy mass to help yourself (or someone else) make a... Read more


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