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6th May 2010

What to drink on election night

by Tim Atkin

If his diaries are to be believed, the late Alan Clark always went to bed early on New Year's Eve, avoiding noisy parties to get a good night's kip in his castle at Saltwood. Some of you may be considering a similar approach to the election... Read more


1st May 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson and a world of two halves

by Tim Atkin

Sir Alex Ferguson -- soccer genius, gum-chewer and mind game player extraordinaire -- wants to go into the wine business when he retires. The story emerged in the News of the World last weekend, so should be treated with a degree of... Read more


30th Apr 2010

What makes a great sommelier?

by Tim Atkin

It's been a mixed month for Gallic gastronomy. If the French were insulted by the fact that their country didn't feature once in Restaurant Magazine's list of the top 10 eateries in the world, they could at least take solace in the result of... Read more


22nd Apr 2010

Riesling and the high Mosel bridge

by Tim Atkin

"Ah, classic aromas of petrol on the nose." Professional wine speak can sound silly at the best of times, but the description that invariably makes punters splutter into their Paris goblets is the one used to describe the smell of mature... Read more


16th Apr 2010

Teaching students to drink wine

by Tim Atkin

When I first heard about a French government proposal to hold wine tastings on university campuses, I assumed it was a belated April Fool. But the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. Offering free booze to students is like... Read more


15th Apr 2010

Bordeaux plays cat and mouse

by Tim Atkin

There were sixteen flags fluttering forlornly in the drizzle outside Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, each representing a different nation. Some of them were making their debuts at the 2009 en primeur tastings, specifically installed to welcome... Read more


3rd Apr 2010

Thank you, Mr Darling

by Tim Atkin

Even when you’re prepared for it, a punch to the stomach still hurts. Alistair Darling warned the wine industry in March 2008 that the annual duty escalator would be 2% above inflation until 2012 (subsequently extended to 2015), but there... Read more


2nd Apr 2010

How Much Should You Spend on a Bottle of Wine?

by Tim Atkin

Imagine buying a case of wine. Now imagine removing six bottles and leaving them on Alistair Darling’s doorstep. That, in effect, is the upshot of last week’s budget, which has pushed duty to £1.69 a bottle, the highest in Europe after... Read more


25th Mar 2010

Black Tower and the spirit of the Seventies

by Tim Atkin

It was a Life on Mars moment. Hearing about the imminent relaunch of Black Tower made me feel like Sam Tyler, the detective in the BBC television series who gets hit by a car in 2006 and wakes up in the 1970s. Black Tower Liebfraumilch was... Read more


21st Mar 2010

A Hedonist's Paradise

by Tim Atkin

No one needs an excuse to go to Wellington, New Zealand's most cosmopolitan, food-loving city, when it's central heating and thermals time back in Europe. But throw in the chance to attend a three day conference dedicated to Pinot Noir, the... Read more