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9th Feb 2010

All NZ's grapes in one basket?

by Tim Atkin

Let's start this column with something interactive. I'd like you to find a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left hand side please list your five favourite red grape varieties. You need to be honest here. Don't put down... Read more


8th Feb 2010

Why wine writing matters

by Tim Atkin

It's open season on wine writers at the moment. If you believe people like Oliver Thring and Tim Hanni, we are misguided elitists talking to one another rather than consumers, prejudiced snobs whose evening tipple is more likely to be... Read more


7th Feb 2010

Batting for Australia

by Tim Atkin

You know things are bad when the Aussies, normally the most chipper of nations, start grouching about their lot. "We're stuffed, mate," one of their number told me recently, having voted with his feet by joining an Italian ... Read more


31st Jan 2010

Tasting notes

by Tim Atkin

Stroll through the vineyards of the De Morgenzon farm in Stellenbosch and the sound that surrounds you is literally music to your ears. It may have to compete with the chatter of pruners or the mechanical chug of a tractor, but 24 hours a... Read more


23rd Jan 2010

Doctor's Orders

by Tim Atkin

Clohars-Carnoët or Collioure? That's the decision the French television channel TF1 has to make over the next month or so, according to a recent article in Le Parisien. These two coastal villages, one in Brittany, the other in the... Read more


22nd Jan 2010

Time to call in the ombudsman

by Tim Atkin

Gordon Brown's government may be running out of time as well as ideas, but before it turns its attention to the forthcoming election has it belatedly decided to curb the power of the multiple grocers? So it would appear. Last week the... Read more


17th Jan 2010

The Perfect Dozen

by Tim Atkin

If you gave up booze for a month on 1 January, as several of my friends did, you may have reached the point, two weeks later, when you've locked away the corkscrew and are deliberately avoiding supermarket wine aisles. I've never been one for... Read more


11th Jan 2010

My predictions for 2010

by Tim Atkin

Hands up anyone who can remember a more depressing year than the one that has just ended? I thought so. Even for those of us who are positive, glass half full people, 2009 will go down as an annus horribilis for our industry. Sales were down,... Read more


10th Jan 2010

Beyond the Big Six grape varieties

by Tim Atkin

"I love Chablis, but I can't stand Chardonnay." "I hate Sancerre, but I adore Sauvignon Blanc." You used to hear such comments all the time, even from people who claimed to know about wine, but they are rare these days. The major grape... Read more


20th Dec 2009

Christmas Day chez Atkin

by Tim Atkin

Forget about turkey, stuffing and brandy butter: the Atkin family Christmas will have a Spanish flavour this year. There are two reasons for this, neither related to the London location of the meal itself. The first is that I've just bought a... Read more