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9th Mar 2012

In search of "ordinary" wine consumers

by Tim Atkin

Imagine a wine column that began with the following sentence: “Now since there is much to be written on wine, let us discuss briefly some points of special interest after the manner of Aristotle.” As intros go, I’m sure you’ll agree that... Read more


2nd Mar 2012

Robert Parker, Nigel Tufnel and the 2009 Bordeaux

by Tim Atkin

There’s a famous moment in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s spoof “rockumentary” about an ageing English heavy metal band, when the lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, is showing off his custom-made amplifier. Whereas most amps stop at 10, he... Read more


17th Feb 2012

Argentina: full speed ahead?

by Tim Atkin

The recent arrival of HMS Dauntless in the south Atlantic, complete with Prince William in his role as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, hasn’t done much for Anglo-Argentine relations. As the 30th anniversary of a war that the Argentinian... Read more


10th Feb 2012

My Dream Cellar

by Tim Atkin

Imagine, just for one minute, that you were richer than Bill Gates: more loaded than a Hollywood film star, Warren Buffett and a Russian oligarch put together. Which wines would you buy? Would you stock your cellar with the most expensive... Read more


20th Jan 2012

Burgundy 2010: the year of the sorting table

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy week has become such an established feature of the annual tasting circuit – half of London’s livery halls, art galleries and old court rooms seem to be taken over by growers pouring samples – that no one ever stops to question the... Read more


14th Jan 2012

Me, Kurt Vonnegut and wine

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite cuttings, passed on to me by my father more than a decade ago, first appeared in an unlikely place: Inc. Technology magazine. It's an interview with the late Kurt Vonnegut, best known for the satirical novel... Read more


12th Dec 2011

Crystal ball gazing: the world of wine in 2012

by Tim Atkin

As this is the last OLN of 2011, I’ve pulled my dusty crystal ball from my bottom drawer a little earlier than usual. Predicting anything is unwise at the moment – the euro is tottering, the weather is all over the place and the state of the... Read more


11th Dec 2011

Win a Christmas Hamper from Berry Brothers

by Tim Atkin

Xmas Competition Berry Brothers & Rudd have kindly offered one of their Best of British hampers (worth £219) as a prize for my Christmas competion. All you have to do is complete the following sentence in an... Read more


8th Dec 2011

Twelve Christmas wines under £10

by Tim Atkin

Bearing in mind that most of us are broke at this time of year, I've decided to keep things simple and affordable this Christmas, restricting my choices to just a dozen bottles, all of them under £10. What I've focused on is great value, which... Read more


29th Nov 2011

Biodynamic wine: more than moonshine?

by Brian Miller

"Biodynamics produces wines that make you think more clearly". This thought-provoking announcement was made by a winemaker recently in the press. He continued: “With biodynamic wine you are tasting all of the cosmos distilled down... Read more