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23rd Nov 2012

Turkish Delights

by Tim Atkin

Diyarbakir in south-eastern Anatolia is one of the wine world’s wilder fringes. Rugged, mountainous and remote, it’s a place where grape growers carry guns and Kurdish separatism is openly discussed. Its proximity to the Syrian border adds an... Read more


19th Nov 2012

Etna: wines from the volcano

by Simon Woolf

As far as wine regions go, Mount Etna could be described as a wine geek's wet dream. Volcanic soil, obscure indigenous grape varieties, high altitudes and pre-phylloxera vineyards are just some of the highlights. Not surprising then,... Read more


18th Nov 2012

What's the point of food and wine matching?

by Natasha Hughes

One of my earliest gigs as a wine writer was to write up profiles of some of the world’s hottest sommeliers for the Decanter website (which, at the time, generated far more of its own content than it does now). I had a predictable list of... Read more


9th Nov 2012

Thinking outside the shop

by Matt Walls

Some interesting things have been happening to the wine shop over the past few years. Evolutionary pressures appear to have pushed it into unexpected territory. Ten years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to buy your wine in a shop served by a... Read more


3rd Nov 2012

Creating a stink about screwcaps

by Tim Atkin

Imagine being a cork salesman in Australia. If you turned up suffering from bubonic plague, a dead rat dangling from each hand, you’d be only slightly less welcome at most wineries. The majority of Aussie winemakers have got it in for cork... Read more


27th Oct 2012

Do New World wines age?

by Tim Atkin

What’s the difference between a New and an Old World wine? Twenty-seven years ago, when I started writing about the subject, the distinction was clear-cut. The received wisdom was that the former made fruity, easy-drinking wines, often with... Read more


19th Oct 2012

Wine education: the difference between a Bordeaux and a claret

by Tim Atkin

“I love Chablis, but I can’t stand Chardonnay.” Anyone who has ever done a public tasting, mixing with people who know what they like but not a lot more, will be familiar with such statements. It’s easy to scoff at people’s ignorance,... Read more


16th Oct 2012

Trocken roll: Riesling remixed

by Matt Walls

Generational bickering between winemakers is nothing new. Sometimes, like the use of barriques in Barolo, it’s a stylistic choice rather than a simple ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of doing things. Not so in Germany. Due to the older... Read more


5th Oct 2012

Patrick Sandeman: a life well lived

by Tim Atkin

It was one of those where-were-you-when-you-heard-the-news moments. I was sitting at my computer on a Sunday evening when I saw a Tweet by wine journalist, Guy Woodward: “Truly terrible news about the death of Patrick Sandeman in a tragic... Read more


25th Sep 2012

Northern Whites: wine in a cold climate

by Matt Walls

Inspiration can come in many forms. For Anders Selmer, his lightbulb moment was at a café in Copenhagen, and it was shaped like a turnip: “I was served a turnip like it was a fruit – it was sweet like a pear”. It started him thinking about... Read more