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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


12th May 2011

What's wrong with the UK wine scene

by Tim Atkin

In case you hadn't noticed, we're in the middle of National Wine Month, an initiative launched by the admirable Wine & Spirit Education Trust. I may have missed the road shows, the street parties, the pop up tastings and the impromptu... Read more


28th Apr 2011

The joy of blind tastings

by Tim Atkin

They may not be as unpopular as estate agents, traffic wardens or international bankers, but wine tasters are generally regarded with suspicion and even derision by the general public. I still keep an angry letter from a reader of The... Read more


15th Apr 2011

Bordeaux 2010: should you believe the hype?

by Tim Atkin

At a drinks party during the Masters of Wine Symposium in Bordeaux last June I was talking to Jean-Guillaume Prats, the general manager of Château Cos d'Estournel. What would the Bordelais do, I mused, if 2010 turned out to be another great... Read more


31st Mar 2011

RIP, Oddbins

by Tim Atkin

RIP, Odbins. When the Wimbledon-based chain was in its award-winning pomp writing those words would have been unimaginable, like predicting that the sun wouldn’t rise tomorrow. But after yesterday’s vote at the creditors’ meeting at... Read more