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6th Jan 2011

My wine wish list for 2011

by Tim Atkin

2011 may have eased stiff-limbed out of the starting blocks, but it's stumbled such a short way down the track that I hope you won't mind me making a wine trade wish list for the next 12 months. These are the things that I'd like to come to... Read more


10th Dec 2010

The world beyond Bordeaux

by Tim Atkin

Here we go again. The high octane excitement surrounding the 2009 Bordeaux vintage has only just abated, but four months before the next en primeur campaign kicks off, 2010 is already been talked up as yet another brilliant harvest in the... Read more


28th Nov 2010

The rebirth of Lebanese wine

by Tim Atkin

A five hour flight to Lebanon coupled with a lengthy, fog-bound delay at Heathrow is a good time to do some reading about this most complex of Middle Eastern countries. Your mind spins trying to remember the names of the nineteen officially... Read more


22nd Nov 2010

Odds-on winner

by Tim Atkin

Why don't off-licence managers look out of the window in the morning? The answer, according to a joke that's doing the rounds in the booze trade, is that they'd have nothing to do in the afternoon. The news that First Quench Retailing, the... Read more


11th Nov 2010

Time to learn Mandarin?

by Tim Atkin

David Cameron's visit to Beijing this week at the head of the biggest-ever British trade delegation acknowledged a simple, if slightly uncomfortable fact. For the foreseeable future, the world's economy will be driven and dominated by... Read more


29th Oct 2010

Wrangles at Wine Australia

by Tim Atkin

What’s happening to the Australian wine industry at the moment reminds me of the famous line from Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like... Read more


16th Oct 2010

Grape heists - no ladder required

by Tim Atkin

It was among the most famous heists in the art world. Early one February morning in 1994, two crooks propped a ladder against the wall of Oslo's National Gallery. They smashed a first floor window, climbed inside and lifted Edvard Munch's... Read more


8th Oct 2010

Wine and alcohol: how low should you go?

by Tim Atkin

"And how many units of wine do you drink a week?" If you've been to see your GP for a health assessment recently, you may recognize the question as well as the dilemma facing the patient. Do you lie, knowing that most doctors double what... Read more


29th Sep 2010

Wine, moustaches and 50 words for snow

by Tim Atkin

The Inuit languages famously have more than 50 words to describe different types of snow, enabling native speakers to distinguish between a landscape that is variously fresh, firm, packed, rippled, crusty, wind-beaten, threatening or ideal... Read more


24th Sep 2010

In praise of older wines

by Tim Atkin

How long does it take you to drink a bottle of wine once you've bought it? A day? A week? A year? I'm not sure how accurate the statistic is, but the word in the wine trade is that nine out of ten bottles are emptied within 48 hours of... Read more