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1st Jul 2010

Eating out? Please bring a bottle

by Tim Atkin

How do you spend $47,221.09 on lunch for six people? Assuming your credit card company will authorise the transaction, it's surprisingly easy if you're a billionaire. To paraphrase Withnail in the cult film, Withnail & I, you just order... Read more


25th Mar 2010

Black Tower and the spirit of the Seventies

by Tim Atkin

It was a Life on Mars moment. Hearing about the imminent relaunch of Black Tower made me feel like Sam Tyler, the detective in the BBC television series who gets hit by a car in 2006 and wakes up in the 1970s. Black Tower Liebfraumilch was... Read more


18th Mar 2010

Happy Birthday, Cloudy Bay

by Tim Atkin

Happy birthday, Cloudy Bay. As the first grapes of 2010 are picked in Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, the country’s most famous winery is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Who would have guessed, back in... Read more


11th Mar 2010

Beware of floods, fires and locusts

by Tim Atkin

If "Sex change bishop in mercy dash to Palace" is the funniest fictitious headline ever written, then "Small earthquake in Chile: not many dead" is surely the dullest. Claud Cockburn's winning entry for an in-house competition on this very... Read more


17th Jan 2010

The Perfect Dozen

by Tim Atkin

If you gave up booze for a month on 1 January, as several of my friends did, you may have reached the point, two weeks later, when you've locked away the corkscrew and are deliberately avoiding supermarket wine aisles. I've never been one for... Read more


7th Dec 2009

The Atkins. My wines of the year for 2009

by Tim Atkin

First, the good news. Not since 1990 has the world enjoyed such a consistently promising vintage as it did in 2009. The châteaux owners of Bordeaux may be leading the field in the hype stakes -- this will be the third "vintage of the... Read more


8th Nov 2009

Turn on the lights

by Tim Atkin

Where are we to find such bottles? It's harder than you might think, particularly if you want to drink something at 12% or below. White wines from the cooler parts of viticultural Europe, such as the Loire Valley, northern Italy, the Mosel... Read more


8th Nov 2009

Christmas reds and whites

by Tim Atkin

WHITE   2008 Errazuriz Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley (£4.99 each for two, 13.5%, Majestic). Reduced from £7.99, which makes it a stunning deal, this is an easy drinking, peach and citrus fruit Chilean Chardonnay with a... Read more


18th Oct 2009

A Vine Romance

by Tim Atkin

Ever fancied making your own wine? Judging by the number of people who tell me they're considering a change of lifestyle, moving to somewhere where the sun shines and no one has ever heard of Tesco, there's a strong possibility that you have.... Read more


2nd Aug 2009

Off licences in a recession

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite websites is worst-jobs.com. Whenever friends moan about their lot, I show them what others have to do to earn a stale crust: worm taster, porn theatre janitor, sub-editor on the Daily Mail. Sad people even post details of... Read more