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3rd Jun 2013

Meet the Osborns

by Tim Atkin

There can’t be many world-famous wineries founded by teetotalers, but d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale is one of them. Despite working in the industry as company secretary at Thomas Hardy & Sons for 30 years, Joseph Osborn hadn’t touched a... Read more

 

31st May 2013

Looking for the BrewDog of wine

by Tim Atkin

How conservative is the wine business? Less than it once was is the obvious answer, at least in the UK. When I started writing about the subject in the mid-1980s, a pin striped suit and tie were de rigueur at tastings, and that was just for the... Read more

 

24th May 2013

Rawfair steals the show

by Simon Woolf

No, I'm not at the London International Wine Fair. This... Read more

 

20th May 2013

In a parallel universe

by Robert Joseph

In a parallel universe 1 (in which there is an Empress of Wine.) The most... Read more

 

19th May 2013

The London Wine Fair: time to move

by Tim Atkin

When the London International Wine Fair closes its doors at ExCel next Wednesday evening it will mark the end of a short and not particularly distinguished era in the show’s 33-year history. The 13 events out east have been unlucky for many... Read more

 

8th May 2013

The Wine Snob: an endangered species?

by Matt Walls

The snob may look just like you and me, but it is a parasite in disguise. It leaves its victim poisoned. When the snob discovered wine, like a facehugger, it pounced.... Read more

 

6th May 2013

Better Off Dead—New Wine Books!

by Ron Washam

Lately, my mailbox has been filling up with new books about wine and the wine business. It’s a seemingly inexhaustible subject, and the flurry of new books represents a wide range of subject matter. Nearly all of these new books are... Read more

 

3rd May 2013

Music and wine: classically trained

by Tim Atkin

Stroll through the vineyards at Il Paradiso di Frassina in Montalcino and the sound of Mozart soothes your ears. If you like Beethoven, Bach or Boulez, not to mention Miles Davis, Madonna or Motörhead, you will be disappointed. Musical variety... Read more

 

29th Apr 2013

2003 Bordeaux: tales from the strip club

by Sarah Abbott MW

"You don't go to a strip joint looking for a relationship", says the young man defending the merits of 2003 at BI's annual “10 Years on Bordeaux Tasting”. This is becoming the updated image of 2003: a floozy vintage, pneumatic and hot... Read more

 

25th Apr 2013

Bucking the trend: Natural wines at Gut Oggau

by Simon Woolf

Somewhere, out there on the internet, the discussion rages on about natural wines. To true believers, it's the one and only righteous path, to sceptics, nothing more than a farcical or even fraudulent movement. Regular readers of Tim's site have... Read more