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22nd Oct 2010

Burgundy 2009: first impressions

by Tim Atkin

“Hey, guys, great choice of time to visit.” Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault was only voicing the views of many of the Burgundian growers who received me in the middle of the 2010 vintage. And he had a point,... Read more


16th Oct 2010

Grape heists - no ladder required

by Tim Atkin

It was among the most famous heists in the art world. Early one February morning in 1994, two crooks propped a ladder against the wall of Oslo's National Gallery. They smashed a first floor window, climbed inside and lifted Edvard Munch's... Read more


15th Oct 2010

Australia: the joy of Melbourne

by Tim Atkin

You don’t need an excuse to spend time in Melbourne. At least, I don’t. It’s Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, with a fantastic food and wine culture and some seriously good late night bars. OK, the weather can be grim (it looks like... Read more


8th Oct 2010

Wine and alcohol: how low should you go?

by Tim Atkin

"And how many units of wine do you drink a week?" If you've been to see your GP for a health assessment recently, you may recognize the question as well as the dilemma facing the patient. Do you lie, knowing that most doctors double what... Read more


7th Oct 2010

A wino visits El Bulli

by Tim Atkin

General de Gaulle famously complained about the difficulty of governing a country that produced 246 different cheeses. Dining at El Bulli, the world’s most famous restaurant, leaves you with a similar sense... Read more


4th Oct 2010

Pass the artichokes: difficult food and wine matches

by Tim Atkin

Long before Ant and Dec came up with the idea of subjecting minor celebrities to the indignity of eating witchetty grubs in the Australian jungle, a friend of mine invented something called The Vindaloo Challenge. The game is easy, if... Read more


29th Sep 2010

Wine, moustaches and 50 words for snow

by Tim Atkin

The Inuit languages famously have more than 50 words to describe different types of snow, enabling native speakers to distinguish between a landscape that is variously fresh, firm, packed, rippled, crusty, wind-beaten, threatening or ideal... Read more


24th Sep 2010

In praise of older wines

by Tim Atkin

How long does it take you to drink a bottle of wine once you've bought it? A day? A week? A year? I'm not sure how accurate the statistic is, but the word in the wine trade is that nine out of ten bottles are emptied within 48 hours of... Read more


19th Sep 2010

Are wine consumers stupid?

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite “Yobs” cartoons from Private Eye shows a couple of thugs sitting at a restaurant table. “Great,” says the male skinhead to the sommelier awaiting his verdict on a bottle of wine, “we’ll have one each.” The... Read more


17th Sep 2010

The cult of the winemaker

by Tim Atkin

The death of the Nouvelle Vague film director Claude Chabrol earlier this week has prompted a spate of national mourning in France, with president Sarkozy comparing the great man to Balzac and Rabelais, no less. The French revere their film... Read more