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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


15th Sep 2013

Losing wood: the death of the barrel

by Robert Joseph

The ISPB - International Society for the Protection of Birds - announced yesterday that it was supporting the  “Get Wood” campaign recently launched by France’s leading barrel-making organisation FAT - the Fédération Artisanale... Read more


8th Sep 2013

Wine terrorism: meet the CRAV

by Mark Andrew

The year is 1973. A dark cloud has gathered over Europe. Troubled governments are scrambling to get to grips with revolutionary organisations across a continent riven with economic hardship and political conflict. Militant groups, like... Read more


6th Sep 2013

Arrogant Frogs?

by Tim Atkin

What’s wrong with France? asked the distinguished journalist Christine Ockrent in a recent think piece in Prospect. Her analysis, which is worth reading in full,... Read more


2nd Sep 2013

Making Sense of Matt Kramer

by Ron Washam

Imagine for a moment that you are me. Yes, I know, that’s ridiculous. It’s like asking you to imagine that you’re Albert Einstein or Abraham Lincoln, but let’s just say that you were able to imagine what it’s like to be me. What would... Read more