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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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