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19th Aug 2011

What price wine elitism?

by Tim Atkin

Maybe no one should be surprised that when looters took to the streets in Clapham Junction last week, one of the few shops they left untouched was Waterstone’s. They were evidently more interested in trainers, cigarettes and sunglasses than... Read more

 

4th Aug 2011

Celebrating 25 years of the IPNC

by Tim Atkin

What would a neo-Prohibitionist make of the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon? There's enough wine consumed over the course of the three day festival to stock a... Read more

 

16th Jul 2011

Bordeaux 2010: end of term report

by Tim Atkin

At last, the 2010 en primeur campaign is over. Even for people who are fascinated by what happens in the world’s largest fine wine region, it had become a bore by the end. Our in-boxes groaned with daily emails from merchants desperate to flog... Read more

 

8th Jul 2011

South Africa's Mediterranean future

by Tim Atkin

For anyone interested in South African wine, London has been as exciting a place to be as Cape Town over the last month. First we were treated to an audience with Eben Sadie, arguably the country's finest winemaker, and a vertical tasting of... Read more

 

24th Jun 2011

Bordeaux en primeur: the case for change

by Tim Atkin

As Bordeaux packs up the tents, ice buckets and traffic barriers for another year at Vinexpo, the region's biennial trade fair, its focus has returned to the 2010 en primeur campaign. If you're not a keen follower of the fine wine scene, you... Read more

 

16th Jun 2011

Sleepless in Bordeaux?

by Tim Atkin

As Bordeaux prepares to welcome the world to the biennial Vinexpo trade fair this weekend, the increasingly overblown 2010 en primeur campaign has gone into hibernation. But what happened earlier today should give the châteaux owners a... Read more

 

13th Jun 2011

A world without Bordeaux en primeur?

by Tim Atkin

It’s a bank holiday in France today, so the 2011 en primeur bandwagon has been pushed into a lay-by until tomorrow morning. To be honest, it’s barely got out of second gear so far. This has been the slowest campaign in history.... Read more

 

10th Jun 2011

The joy of Austrian red wines

by Tim Atkin

Heaven, runs the old joke, is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and it's all organised by the Swiss. Hell, on the other hand, is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics... Read more

 

26th May 2011

Australia: lessons from the past

by Tim Atkin

There's nothing like a tasting of old wines to give you a sense of perspective. Sipping from bottles that were made before you were born (increasingly rare in my case as I approach the start of my sixth decade) encourages you to look back at... Read more

 

19th May 2011

Two great South African white blends

by Tim Atkin

Wandering around the London International Wine Fair can be a bewildering experience. You... Read more