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14th Jun 2013

Wine's whistle blowers

by Tim Atkin

Traitor or patriot? Whistleblower or scoundrel? Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden, the man behind the recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance techniques, is either a hero or a villain. Whatever you... Read more


7th Jun 2013

Canada: you can't build an industry on Icewine

by Matt Walls

Norman Hardie has been making impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Ontario, in the east of Canada, since 2004. He admits that Icewine has been both a blessing and a curse: “it’s good and bad... it shows people we can make wine” he says,... Read more


3rd Jun 2013

How to Throw a Perfect Home Wine Tasting

by Ron Washam

More often than not, when I attend a wine tasting at a private home it’s disastrous. And not just because I was invited. A wine tasting seems like an easy affair, like oral sex with a Washington intern. Yet, without proper planning, your home... Read more


3rd Jun 2013

Meet the Osborns

by Tim Atkin

There can’t be many world-famous wineries founded by teetotalers, but d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale is one of them. Despite working in the industry as company secretary at Thomas Hardy & Sons for 30 years, Joseph Osborn hadn’t touched a... Read more


31st May 2013

Looking for the BrewDog of wine

by Tim Atkin

How conservative is the wine business? Less than it once was is the obvious answer, at least in the UK. When I started writing about the subject in the mid-1980s, a pin striped suit and tie were de rigueur at tastings, and that was just for the... Read more


24th May 2013

Rawfair steals the show

by Simon Woolf

No, I'm not at the London International Wine Fair. This... Read more


20th May 2013

In a parallel universe

by Robert Joseph

In a parallel universe 1 (in which there is an Empress of Wine.) The most... Read more


19th May 2013

The London Wine Fair: time to move

by Tim Atkin

When the London International Wine Fair closes its doors at ExCel next Wednesday evening it will mark the end of a short and not particularly distinguished era in the show’s 33-year history. The 13 events out east have been unlucky for many... Read more


8th May 2013

The Wine Snob: an endangered species?

by Matt Walls

The snob may look just like you and me, but it is a parasite in disguise. It leaves its victim poisoned. When the snob discovered wine, like a facehugger, it pounced.... Read more


6th May 2013

Better Off Dead—New Wine Books!

by Ron Washam

Lately, my mailbox has been filling up with new books about wine and the wine business. It’s a seemingly inexhaustible subject, and the flurry of new books represents a wide range of subject matter. Nearly all of these new books are... Read more