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9th Dec 2012

Rioja's third way

by Victor de la Serna

The story of Rioja resembles the old Chinese curse – they've lived through many interesting times. Boom and bust, fame and oblivion. Rioja wine is on the ascent... Read more


4th Dec 2012

Ten things you need to know about the 2011 Burgundy vintage

by Tim Atkin

My full report on the very enjoyable 2011 vintage in Burgundy will be published in January... Read more


29th Nov 2012

Eleven shades of Nebbiolo

by Matt Walls

To begin with I didn’t get it. Drinking Nebbiolo seemed like trying to swallow a cube, cut from a tree. It was hard, it was sharp, it was dry; and sometimes it tasted of wood. But the more I persevered I realised it was more like a beautiful... Read more


23rd Nov 2012

Turkish Delights

by Tim Atkin

Diyarbakir in south-eastern Anatolia is one of the wine world’s wilder fringes. Rugged, mountainous and remote, it’s a place where grape growers carry guns and Kurdish separatism is openly discussed. Its proximity to the Syrian border adds an... Read more


19th Nov 2012

Etna: wines from the volcano

by Simon Woolf

As far as wine regions go, Mount Etna could be described as a wine geek's wet dream. Volcanic soil, obscure indigenous grape varieties, high altitudes and pre-phylloxera vineyards are just some of the highlights. Not surprising then,... Read more


18th Nov 2012

What's the point of food and wine matching?

by Natasha Hughes

One of my earliest gigs as a wine writer was to write up profiles of some of the world’s hottest sommeliers for the Decanter website (which, at the time, generated far more of its own content than it does now). I had a predictable list of... Read more


9th Nov 2012

Thinking outside the shop

by Matt Walls

Some interesting things have been happening to the wine shop over the past few years. Evolutionary pressures appear to have pushed it into unexpected territory. Ten years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to buy your wine in a shop served by a... Read more


3rd Nov 2012

Creating a stink about screwcaps

by Tim Atkin

Imagine being a cork salesman in Australia. If you turned up suffering from bubonic plague, a dead rat dangling from each hand, you’d be only slightly less welcome at most wineries. The majority of Aussie winemakers have got it in for cork... Read more


27th Oct 2012

Do New World wines age?

by Tim Atkin

What’s the difference between a New and an Old World wine? Twenty-seven years ago, when I started writing about the subject, the distinction was clear-cut. The received wisdom was that the former made fruity, easy-drinking wines, often with... Read more


19th Oct 2012

Wine education: the difference between a Bordeaux and a claret

by Tim Atkin

“I love Chablis, but I can’t stand Chardonnay.” Anyone who has ever done a public tasting, mixing with people who know what they like but not a lot more, will be familiar with such statements. It’s easy to scoff at people’s ignorance,... Read more