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17th Oct 2011

Reviewing Platter

by Tim Atkin

It was flattering that the team from South Africa’s respected Platter Guide chose to announce their latest 5 Star awards at the Cape Wine Europe tasting in London recently. The presence of a number of the UK’s top journalists at the tables... Read more

 

14th Oct 2011

Who needs generic wine tastings?

by Tim Atkin

Hands up who watched, let alone attended, any of the party conferences this autumn? Yup, I thought so. You have to be a serious political wonk (or a paid lobbyist or journalist) to take more than a passing interest in these boring, outmoded,... Read more

 

10th Oct 2011

Wine dynasties and how to survive them

by Tim Atkin

The comedian John Cleese once published a conversational if surprisingly serious book called "Families and how to survive them". You don't have to be Sigmund Freud, or a member of the Monty Python team, to recognise that... Read more

 

3rd Oct 2011

Au revoir, Monsieur Dubosc

by Tim Atkin

It’s hard to imagine the Cave de Plaimont, one of the most forward thinking co-operatives in France, without André Dubosc. He’s been associated with the Gascon operation since 1972, first as winemaker and then as... Read more

 

30th Sep 2011

Cherishing the unpredictability of wine

by Tim Atkin

The jazz singer Nina Simone was a notoriously moody performer. Catch her on a good night and she was sublime; hear her play on a bad one and she was terrible: grumpy, sullen and uninterested. Fans of Van Morrison and Elvis Costello will recognize... Read more

 

27th Sep 2011

Wine Families and How to Survive Them

by Tim Atkin

The comedian John Cleese once published a conversational if surprisingly serious book called “Families and how to survive them”. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud, or a member of the Monty Python team, to recognise that relationships... Read more

 

19th Sep 2011

Bordeaux 2011: first impressions

by Tim Atkin

It feels as if the 2010 Bordeaux campaign has only just ended, but attention spans are shorter than ankle socks in the Gironde. As the world’s largest fine wine region grapples with a much more difficult harvest, the focus has already... Read more

 

15th Sep 2011

Independents' day with The Dirty Dozen

by Tim Atkin

Dartmouth House, the home of the English Speaking Union, is an unlikely place for a revolutionary gathering. Set in the heart of Mayfair, it feels like a slightly fusty gentleman's club and has the Duke of Edinburgh as its president. The sense of... Read more

 

1st Sep 2011

Human rights in the Cape winelands

by Tim Atkin

Talk about negative publicity. No wine industry would welcome headlines about the "dismal, dangerous lives" of its agricultural workers, but for South Africa, still keen to persuade the world that it has moved on from its benighted past, the... Read more

 

29th Aug 2011

Lodi: California's missing link

by Tim Atkin

You can drive from the southern end of the Napa Valley to Lodi at the northern end of the Central Valley in just over an hour, but the two regions belong to different worlds. To many people, they are the alpha and omega of the California wine... Read more