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17th Sep 2012

Champagne: where the party's really at

by Matt Walls

Sometimes I feel very lucky to be living in the UK when it comes to getting hold of good wine. Since the UK has historically been an importer of other countries’ wines, rather than producer of its own, the UK wine industry has tended to be... Read more


7th Sep 2012

Before the rain: 25 wine euphemisms

by Tim Atkin

They’ve barely picked a grape in Bordeaux, but the region’s euphemism generator is already up and running. “A winemaker’s vintage”, as one château owner described the 2012, is another way of describing a growing season that didn’t go... Read more


30th Aug 2012

A ferment about Furmint

by Matt Walls

To be sung to the tune of ‘Start Wearing Purple’ by Gogol Bordello: “Start drinking Furmint drinking Furmint, Start drinking Furmint for me now, ... Read more


29th Aug 2012

Definitely Picking Time

by Brian Miller

the fucking sky looks fucking dim the fucking forecast's fucking grim the fucking fruit won't fucking set the fucking farm's in fucking debt my fucking pay's a fucking crime evidently picking... Read more


20th Aug 2012

Argentina's Malbec obsession

by Tim Atkin

Is Argentina too dependent on Malbec? The question might seem absurd – few countries have managed to associate themselves so successfully with a single grape – but it’s beginning to worry some producers. The partial commoditisation of... Read more


17th Aug 2012

Wine and the Olympic spirit

by Tim Atkin

What a fortnight. Even if you have little or no interest in sports – be they sitting down, standing up or floating in a pool – you have to admit that the 30th Olympiad was a brilliant event, staged with style, humour and no little talent here... Read more


15th Aug 2012

Try before you buy: the future of wine?

by Natasha Hughes

Some 10 years ago, when I first started out as a wine, journalist I was commissioned (by a certain Tim Atkin) to write about why people bought the wines they did. I spent a week or so lurking in the aisles of supermarkets and high street wine... Read more


8th Aug 2012

When bloggers become wine retailers

by Matt Walls

It used to be easy. Not so long ago, the UK wine landscape could be mapped on three points of a triangle: those who sold the wine (aka the industry or ‘wine trade’), those who bought the wine (aka consumers) and those who wrote about it (aka... Read more


25th Jul 2012

Too much bottle?

by Simon Woolf

It's the wine industry's dirty little secret. The back label tells you about the wine producer's respect for the environment, their commitment to preserving the terroir and farming sustainably. But that great big heavy glass bottle could triple... Read more


20th Jul 2012

Carignan: Chile returns to its roots

by Tim Atkin

Think of a word to describe the Chilean wine industry. Dependable? Consistent? Mass-produced? I’ve played this game with consumers and Chile generally elicits such responses. People in the wine trade feel the same way. Chile is respected... Read more