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24th Jun 2010

The trouble with Australia

by Tim Atkin

Australians don't do pessimism. They're generally such a chipper, stop-moaning-and-get on with-it nation that they'd rather share a hot tub with a great white shark than be accused of whingeing like a Pom. But hang around anyone who works in... Read more


18th Jun 2010

Grenache and Woody Allen's Zelig

by Tim Atkin

Some grapes are born great, some achieve greatness, while others have greatness thrust upon them. But what about the supporting actors: the spear carriers, the chorus, the walk-on parts? There are thousands of grapes varieties in the world,... Read more


11th Jun 2010

What's great about Grenache

by Tim Atkin

Delegates at the first ever conference dedicated to Grenache were handed a bag celebrating "G-Day" upon arrival, a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the Normandy landings in June sixty-six years earlier. To some, the pun might seem a little crass,... Read more


11th Jun 2010

World Cup Wines

by Tim Atkin

Here we go. Or rather 'ere we go, 'ere we go, 'ere we go. Unless you've been in solitary confinement for the last year, you'll be aware that the World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg tomorrow. Even my wife, who normally shows as much interest... Read more


3rd Jun 2010

A taste of English fizz

by Tim Atkin

How do you define Englishness? To some, it's village greens, warm beer, stiff upper lips, pinstriped suits and the changing of the guard. To others, it's a little less idealised and old-fashioned. As one wit put it when asked to name the five... Read more


1st Jun 2010

Beaujolais - more than nouveau

by Tim Atkin

Talking about Beaujolais in May feels weird, like donning thermals in the height of summer. This vibrant, juicy red is so closely associated with Beaujolais nouveau day, a worldwide celebration held on the third Thursday in November, that... Read more


28th May 2010

LIWF: what does the future hold?

by Tim Atkin

How was it for you? As the spittoons were emptied at the end of the 2010 London International Wine Fair, it was the question on the lips of many of the show's 1100-odd exhibitors. Opinions ranged from the very positive to the grumblingly... Read more


21st May 2010

Wine and the spirit of co-operation

by Tim Atkin

Co-operation may be fashionable in political circles at the moment, but in the wine business it's increasingly regarded as the equivalent of a tweed skirt: frumpy, moth-eaten and distinctly old-fashioned. Now more than ever individualism... Read more


17th May 2010

The big three: feedback from the spring tastings

by Tim Atkin

It was a neat coincidence. As we entered the final week of the Barclays Premiership, with Chelsea and Manchester United competing for the trophy, so the two best high street retailers went head to head in Central London. Oddbins' press... Read more


14th May 2010

A cloud with a silver lining: natural wines

by Tim Atkin

Walk into any wine shop and you can see the bottles that sell, placed strategically in the fridge or in attention-grabbing piles close to the till. The wall flowers are easy to spot, too: hidden away on a bottom shelf and invariably coated... Read more