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31st May 2012

Sicily: a continent comes of age

by Tim Atkin

There’s a spot on the north face of Etna, Sicily’s smouldering, still active volcano, where you can stand in front of the remnants of the last big lava flow, a jagged solidified wall of black pumice. It’s a useful reminder of two things:... Read more


20th May 2012

Wine, toilet paper and Costco

by Tim Atkin

Like many of you, I suspect, I’d never heard of Annette Alvarez-Peters until she appeared on American television recently, chatting about wine, toilet paper and televisions. But suddenly, she’s all over the Internet, a figure of opprobrium... Read more


5th May 2012

Alsace and the meaning of tradition

by Tim Atkin

The wine world thrives on novelty: new vintages, new flavours, new producers. In some ways, this is both understandable and necessary. Creating a bit of sizzle around a category that, in the UK at least, is struggling against a combination of... Read more


20th Apr 2012

Should Bordeaux en primeur take a holiday?

by Tim Atkin

Nothing divides opinions quite like Bordeaux en primeur. If you’ve spent the last few weeks in the Australian outback, without access to a mobile phone or the internet, you might have missed the brouhaha surrounding the annual pre-Easter... Read more


6th Apr 2012

Redefining fine wine

by Tim Atkin

The wine world is often celebrated for its breadth and diversity – all those grape varieties, countries, regions and sub-regions – but there are times when it feels like a very narrow and conservative place. It’s not just because... Read more


25th Mar 2012

Pinot Central by Alan Brady

by Tim Atkin

 A friend of mine in the south of France runs a business advising people who want to buy vineyards. Some of them have lots of money, refugees from the city or the corporate world, but many of them don't. What most of them have in common is... Read more


23rd Mar 2012

The UK's culture of cheapness

by Tim Atkin

Anyone who still believes the UK is the centre of the wine world should pay a visit to ProWein, the annual trade fair in Düsseldorf. The place has a self-confidence that is based on tangible success. Producers from all over the globe want to... Read more


18th Mar 2012

2010 Rhônes: still time to flash the plastic

by Tim Atkin

“They are both for sale.” The response of the Bordeaux château owner to my question about the relative merits of the 2009 and 2010 vintages was delivered with tongue lodged firmly in cheek. But then he paused for a second. “I think we will... Read more


9th Mar 2012

In search of "ordinary" wine consumers

by Tim Atkin

Imagine a wine column that began with the following sentence: “Now since there is much to be written on wine, let us discuss briefly some points of special interest after the manner of Aristotle.” As intros go, I’m sure you’ll agree that... Read more


2nd Mar 2012

Robert Parker, Nigel Tufnel and the 2009 Bordeaux

by Tim Atkin

There’s a famous moment in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s spoof “rockumentary” about an ageing English heavy metal band, when the lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, is showing off his custom-made amplifier. Whereas most amps stop at 10, he... Read more