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12th Feb 2018

South African wine's Day Zero

by Tim Atkin

Day Zero sounds like the title of a dystopian disaster movie, starring Matt Damon or an ageing Bruce Willis perhaps. But what’s happening in South Africa right now has nothing to do with fantasy or fiction. On the contrary, it’s all too real.... Read more


5th Feb 2018

So You Wanna Be a Wine Judge.Com

by Ron Washam

Hello! And welcome to So You Wanna Be a Wine Judge.Com!, your online wine judge certification program. Once you complete this simple online course, you’ll be completely qualified to judge in any wine competition in the world!... Read more


30th Jan 2018

The mindful glass?

by Sarah Abbott MW

27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.Book of Ecclesiastes, The Old... Read more


26th Jan 2018

Praising Chile's diversity

by Tim Atkin

Chile, Argentina and New Zealand are always arguing over vinous proximity to Antarctica, but the Keóken project removes any doubt for now. The vines established by the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), close to Lake General... Read more


23rd Jan 2018

Why buy Bordeaux en primeur?

by Tim Atkin

During Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai was asked what impact he thought the 1789 French Revolution had had on the world. His reply – that it was “too early to say” – wasn’t quite as witty as it... Read more


16th Jan 2018

What do we mean by fine wine?

by Tim Atkin

“Wine doesn’t get much better than this”, a London-based wine merchant wrote on Instagram recently. Pictured above his comment was the cork from a bottle of 1959 Château Lafite-Rothschild, his birth year. Social media channels are... Read more


2nd Jan 2018

The Future of Wine (1988)

by Ron Washam

When I first began blogging about wine back in 1988, there wasn’t even an internet. The whole world was like North Korea, except with dogs. That didn’t stop me from writing a weekly blog about wine. (I’m actually the person who came up with... Read more


17th Dec 2017

The perfect 8/10 vintage

by Matt Walls

Last week I opened a bottle of 2010 Bordeaux. Nothing fancy – Château La Tour de By, a reliable Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc. Nope; still not ready. It hardly tasted of anything. It’s a ‘great vintage’ in the region, and eventually the... Read more


8th Dec 2017

The HoseMaster of Wine's Christmas wish list

by Ron Washam

Dear Santa, This Christmas, I don’t want anything for myself. I have everything I need, Santa. A cellar filled with the great wines of the world, and Oregon wines, too. A Roederer International Wine Writers Award that I bought online... Read more


6th Dec 2017

Deluxe redux

by Tim Atkin

Serendipity is part of the pleasure of owning a wine cellar. Unless you’re the kind of person who keeps a log of every bottle that’s down there – I’m as organised as the next Virgo, but there are limits – these chance discoveries are... Read more