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5th May 2014

Wine's Forbidden Love

by Ron Washam

I’m not sure how I’m going to get through this confession. And, to be perfectly honest, I know that after reading it, you’re going to think differently about me, think much less of me, for the most part. But I’m tired of hiding who I am,... Read more


4th May 2014

The rain in Spain

by Tim Atkin

It’s probably scant consolation to château owners struggling to sell their wines en primeur right now, but Bordeaux wasn’t the only European region that had a difficult vintage in 2013. I was in Rioja last October and the harvest was wet and... Read more


28th Apr 2014

Museum pieces

by Robert Joseph

There aren’t many wine writers, I imagine, who have been accused of communicating with the dead, but way back in the 1990s, The Sunday Times did describe me as a necromancer. The term the confused writer - of a piece about... Read more


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