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20th Apr 2012

Should Bordeaux en primeur take a holiday?

by Tim Atkin

Nothing divides opinions quite like Bordeaux en primeur. If you’ve spent the last few weeks in the Australian outback, without access to a mobile phone or the internet, you might have missed the brouhaha surrounding the annual pre-Easter... Read more


12th Apr 2012

They spelled my name wrong again

by Ronald Atkin

Ron Atkin (not Atkins) That great American humourist and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III once wrote an hilarious ditty titled “They Spelled My Name Wrong Again”. At the Croydon concert I attended a couple of years back it was... Read more


6th Apr 2012

Redefining fine wine

by Tim Atkin

The wine world is often celebrated for its breadth and diversity – all those grape varieties, countries, regions and sub-regions – but there are times when it feels like a very narrow and conservative place. It’s not just because... Read more


31st Mar 2012

Tasting the Top 100 South African wines

by Tim Atkin

I’ve just got back from the Cape, where I’ve been judging some of South Africa’s best wines for a competition called Top 100. To say that the event is controversial... Read more


25th Mar 2012

Pinot Central by Alan Brady

by Tim Atkin

 A friend of mine in the south of France runs a business advising people who want to buy vineyards. Some of them have lots of money, refugees from the city or the corporate world, but many of them don't. What most of them have in common is... Read more


23rd Mar 2012

The UK's culture of cheapness

by Tim Atkin

Anyone who still believes the UK is the centre of the wine world should pay a visit to ProWein, the annual trade fair in Düsseldorf. The place has a self-confidence that is based on tangible success. Producers from all over the globe want to... Read more


21st Mar 2012

Hitchin, mon amour

by Tim Atkin

Travelling in Burgundy earlier this year, I came across a sign outside the town of Nuits St Georges. “Jumelée avec Hitchin”, it proclaimed. It all seemed rather incongruous and I Tweeted to that effect, asking tweeps for some other... Read more


20th Mar 2012

The Chancellor prepares to clobber wine drinkers (again)

by Tim Atkin

Tomorrow is budget day in the UK. Like the Grand National, the Baftas or the last night of the Proms, it’s something of a national ritual. The chancellor will be photographed outside Number 11 Downing Street with the red budget box, Dennis... Read more


18th Mar 2012

2010 Rhônes: still time to flash the plastic

by Tim Atkin

“They are both for sale.” The response of the Bordeaux château owner to my question about the relative merits of the 2009 and 2010 vintages was delivered with tongue lodged firmly in cheek. But then he paused for a second. “I think we will... Read more


17th Mar 2012

Is this the best value Pinot in the world?

by Tim Atkin

Drinkable cheap Pinot Noir is almost an oxymoron. We Pinotphiles are all too aware that we need to pay over the odds to get a fix of our favourite grape. Decent examples tend to start at £12 and even then buying Pinot can be something of a... Read more