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7th Feb 2017

Almost human?

by Tim Atkin

What do you think of the following tasting note? “Inconspicuous boysenberries and cigar wrappers revel in unresolved rosehips, while dried wormwood and chemically tanned leather swim amongst illusive black liquorice.” And this? “Like a... Read more

 

6th Feb 2017

FemSomm

by Ron Washam

Finally, Ladies, a new wine credential that will take the Miss out of wine misogyny. FemSomm! FemSomm is an idea whose time has come. Tired of being 10% of the ManSomm population? Weary of mentors who undress to help you study for the... Read more

 

30th Jan 2017

Where the wild things are

by Andrea Frost

I was sitting at an old wooden bar at one of Wellington’s finest restaurants when I noticed the counter had been converted into a fish tank. Beneath my glass of Sauvignon Blanc a crayfish with claws the size of oven mitts shovelled pebbles from... Read more

 

18th Jan 2017

How great is the 2015 Burgundy vintage?

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy and Bordeaux may share a common language, but they are very different places. It’s not just the question of size that generally separates them – single grape varieties versus blends, small- versus larger-scale production, individual... Read more

 

16th Jan 2017

Coming of age

by Matt Walls

Orange wine. Grower Champagne. Biodynamics. Trends come and go in wine like anything else. Some are clearly gimmicks (blue wine, anyone?)... Read more

 

6th Jan 2017

What, no Donald? Some wine predictions for 2017

by Chris Losh

JANUARY Controversy in Germany when the details of the country’s sparkling wine producers are made available online for the first time. ‘We know not everyone agrees with making the Sekt Offenders Register public,’... Read more

 

4th Jan 2017

Notes on the 2017 Vintage - Worst Year Ever?

by Ron Washam

I traveled and tasted widely for this review of the wines of 2017. I think, in general, the vintage can be summed up as miserable. The wise consumer should give ’17 a Pass—“Donner” seems appropriate. This is not unexpected, of course.... Read more

 

19th Dec 2016

How the other half drinks

by Matt Walls

Is there a quicker way to get to know someone than by flicking through their music collection or browsing their bookshelves? Both feel like a little glimpse into their soul. For wine lovers, rifling through someone's cellar can be equally... Read more

 

9th Dec 2016

The 12 wines of Christmas

by Natasha Hughes MW

December has barely begun, but if you’re anything like me 2016 has made you somewhat disinclined to feel much in the way of goodwill to all men, and you’re probably well over Slade singing ‘So here it is, Merry Christmas’ at you every... Read more

 

8th Dec 2016

Faith in wine fakes?

by Tim Atkin

Investigative journalism is a dangerous business. Indeed, you could argue that in its purest form it’s often fatal. Find out something that rich and powerful people don’t want you to know about – illegal arms trading or money laundering,... Read more