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19th Apr 2013

Getting warmer: wine and climate change

by Tim Atkin

Moaning about the weather is practically a national sport in England. There’s a bit of me that thinks that we enjoy being grumpy, “coveting disappointment” as the comedian Bill Bailey once put it. And yet the last 12 months have been... Read more

 

15th Apr 2013

What's that got to do with the price of eggs?

by Robert Joseph

Once upon a time, in the little village of Arse-Ende-of-Knowhere, in the county of Generallydullbutlovelyinpartshire, there was an elderly farmer called McDonald whose hens laid unusually tasty eggs. These eggs were so good, in fact, that local... Read more

 

8th Apr 2013

In praise of real wine journalism

by Tim Atkin

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore once did a very funny sketch about what they considered the worst job in the world. From memory, their choice involved working for Jayne Mansfield - I’ll spare you the anatomical details – rather than being a... Read more

 

6th Apr 2013

2011 Rhône: the George Harrison vintage

by Matt Walls

Who was the best musician out of The Beatles? Let’s face it, it’s either Paul and John. What about George Harrison? After Paul and John, George comes a solid third. Sorry Ringo. ... Read more

 

1st Apr 2013

The Frugle Awards

by Ron Washam

The finalists for the James Beard Awards were announced recently to great fanfare. The James Beard Awards are often referred to, mostly by dolts, as the Oscars© of the food and wine world. The Oscars© are almost never called... Read more

 

30th Mar 2013

An exchange of letters with Dan Jago of Tesco

by Tim Atkin and Dan Jago

On February 15th, I published a column in OLN entitled Flogging a dead horse about what I saw as the potential... Read more

 

27th Mar 2013

Priorat: from tradition to hi-tech to terroir

by Victor de la Serna

When the International Wine Academy, the august Geneva-based institution, first visited Catalonia two decades ago, its members didn't make it to Priorat: the roads were bad in 1994, accommodation almost non-existent, and even if the wines had... Read more

 

22nd Mar 2013

Brunello and Bordeaux: a tale of two appellations

by Tim Atkin

Brunello and Bordeaux, Bordeaux and Brunello. Italy and France’s most famous wine regions have a lot in common, not least that they both hold high-profile tastings in the first part of the year. If it’s February, it must be Tuscany,... Read more

 

18th Mar 2013

Who needs Bordeaux vintages?

by Robert Joseph

No one could have predicted the impact the Senkalu Island crisis of March 2015, ten years ago, would have on the wine world. When President Hollande’s decision to align France with Europe and the US in support of Japan led to an immediate ban... Read more

 

8th Mar 2013

I'm 100 points on that...

by Tim Atkin

A favourite Paul Simon tune was at the top of my iPod play list last week. When Numbers Get Serious isn’t as famous as the Sounds of Silence or Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover, but it has a hidden message for the wine business. “When times are... Read more