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10th Feb 2014

Searching for the perfect Pinot Grigio

by Matt Walls

It’s OK, you can admit it. We’re all friends here. You don’t like Pinot Grigio, do you? To say so out loud feels a bit snobby, almost... grapist. But it seems even people who buy it aren’t that keen. Here are some typical quotes from a... Read more


3rd Feb 2014

The Golden Age of Tedious Wine Writing

by Ron Washam

People have been writing about wine for as long as there has been wine, and nearly as poorly as they write about it today. It’s humbling to be part of a long and storied tradition of making the world’s most fascinating beverage unbearably... Read more


20th Jan 2014

A review of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & sparkling wine (Absolute Press)

by Michael Edwards

Although certainly a fully revised and updated edition of Tom Stevenson’s standard reference work on Champagne and all things effervescent, this opus is more than that- it’s very much Essi Avelan’s book. Given Tom’s Olympian blessing... Read more


20th Jan 2014

Fizz talk: what emerged from the International Sparkling Wine Symposium

by Michael Edwards

With some big names in sparkling wine on five continents billed to speak at Denbies for this, the third and largest yet ISWS, the gathering mood was of course one of ….Great Expectations! Viewed soberly post-Christmas, this conference did have... Read more


6th Jan 2014

The rise of Supernatural wines and other predictions for 2014

by Ron Washam

You won’t be able to say I didn’t warn you. 2014 looks to be another strange year in the wine business. If you don’t believe my predictions, remember that I was the person who predicted 2013 with astonishing accuracy, right down to the... Read more


30th Dec 2013

Supergrapes vs. Evil Greegeo

by Matt Walls

Come to think of it, there are a few grape varieties that would make perfect superheroes. Their day-to-day personas are mild mannered to say the least. The wines they make are pretty weak – they are what Clark Kent is to broadsheet journalism.... Read more


28th Dec 2013

Monty Python and the meaning of wine

by Tim Atkin

The news that the five surviving members of Monty Python are planning a one-off reunion gig at London’s O2 arena next summer met with a range of responses, ranging from star-struck joy to comments about flogging dead parrots. What has prompted... Read more


24th Dec 2013

Calling time on the Bordeaux recipe

by The Secret Winemaker

Like most winemakers in the world of my age (and that’s the only clue I’m going to give you about my identity) I grew up regarding Bordeaux as the reference point for what we call “premium wines”. As a younger man, I went there often to... Read more


15th Dec 2013

The Sweet Smell of Success

by Robert Joseph

 “When that limey writer Tim Atkin said my S.O.S. Winemaker’s Red Blend was the ‘Coca Cola of wine’ I could’a hugged the guy. He probably thought he was bein’ critical, but who wouldn’t want to be compared to the world’s most... Read more


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