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7th Mar 2017

Can you mix wine and politics?

by Tim Atkin

“Stick to wine, Tim – you’re wasting time.” If you spend as many hours on social media channels as I do, then you get used to – and even rather enjoy - the odd spat. But this was different. The person who was advising me to keep my... Read more

 

6th Mar 2017

How the Russians are secretly destroying the wine business

by Ron Washam

Solid evidence has been slow in coming, but there is little doubt that over the past decade the Russian government, under the direction of Vladimir Putin, has been tampering with the wine business. The tampering has taken many different forms,... Read more

 

3rd Mar 2017

Tricky food and wine matches

by Natasha Hughes

I really shouldn’t admit this as I could be talking myself out of a job, but most food and wine matching comes down to basic common sense. You don’t have to be a genius to realise that heavy red wines work best with rich red meats, that the... Read more

 

28th Feb 2017

Message in a bottle

by Andrea Frost

It’s the lucky ones who find a message in the bottle. In his essay On Wine and Hashish, Charles Baudelaire writes of an old unknown... Read more

 

25th Feb 2017

Initiating the uninitiated

by Henry Jeffreys

Wine lists can be difficult for the uninitiated to understand. One restaurant in Los Angeles, Hatchet Hall, has taken this a step further: not only is their list incomprehensible to the... Read more

 

20th Feb 2017

New Zealand’s hothouse Syrah

by Matt Walls

In 1984, a man called Dr Alan Limmer was doing some work at a government viticultural research station on North Island, New Zealand. One day he heard it was about to be closed down due to lack of funds and the vineyards bulldozed. He raced over... Read more

 

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