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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


13th Mar 2014

Cornelissen's way - Making wine without sulphur

by Simon Woolf

Mount Etna's most controversial winemaker, Frank Cornelissen, is a hard man to track down. ... Read more


11th Mar 2014

I'm not 100 points on that

by Tim Atkin

What’s the definition of a 100-point wine? Depending on who’s handing out the numbers, a cynic might say it’s something you can’t afford and don’t want to drink anyway, but the question deserves a more considered answer. Scores are an... Read more


10th Mar 2014

Spend less, drink better

by Matt Walls

The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on... Read more


7th Mar 2014

Keith Waterhouse and the wine bars of London

by Henry Jeffreys

If any man deserved the epithet, a legend in his own lunchtime, it was Keith Waterhouse. You probably remember him for his plays Billy Liar, made into a film with Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell... Read more


4th Mar 2014

Commander of Wine

by Ron Washam

It was a stupendous amount of work. I knew that going into it, but, still, it was overwhelming. I persevered, spent countless hours studying and memorizing, and I’m proud to announce that it all paid off. I’m a humble person by nature. You... Read more


14th Feb 2014

Virgile Joly: Doing it the hard way

by Simon Woolf

If you work in the wine industry, you've probably heard this joke before: What's the best way to become a millionaire in wine? Answer – start with two million.... Read more