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10th Sep 2010

Syrah: New Zealand's other great red

by Tim Atkin

Back in 2007, I was one of a number of journalists who attended New Zealand's first ever Syrah Symposium in Hawke's Bay. It was a bold -- some might say vainglorious - undertaking in a country where the grape of the Rhône and Barossa Valleys... Read more

 

10th Sep 2010

Jilly G, Gary V and wine TV

by Tim Atkin

Call me a member of an endangered minority, but I still miss Food and Drink, the BBC cookery show that Delia Smith once dubbed "the most disgusting programme on television". I'm not talking about the stilted studio-based format, the earnest,... Read more

 

2nd Sep 2010

Turning water into wine

by Tim Atkin

Someone once described the BBC as the "least worst" television service in the world, an opinion which remains valid while the licence fee continues to exist. The quote reminded me of a discussion that's taking place in the wine world about... Read more

 

2nd Sep 2010

Acid trip

by Tim Atkin

"Buy on an apple, sell on a piece of cheese," runs an old wine trade saw. It's good advice for consumers, too. If a wine, especially a red wine, can survive the tart, hard-skinned assault of a slice of Granny Smith, then it must be special.... Read more

 

26th Aug 2010

In defence of Chardonnay

by Tim Atkin

What's the most insulting thing you can do to a grape? Mixing it with cola, lemonade or tonic water is a slap in the face, but the lowest of low blows is surely to confuse it with a sultana. That's what some of the biggest wine companies Down... Read more

 

19th Aug 2010

Sherry: the world's greatest fortified wine

by Tim Atkin

It's the first rule of pessimism that when things are bad they invariably get worse. Just ask Sarah Ferguson or the nine Sherry bodegas who were recently fined E6.7m by Spain's National Competition Commission. At a time when the region is... Read more

 

19th Aug 2010

2009 Bordeaux en primeur: will the bubble burst?

by Tim Atkin

A friend who works for a City hedge fund calls it "the taxi driver moment". His theory is that when London cabbies start talking about a guaranteed way to make a fast buck -- other than switching on their meters after midnight -- investors... Read more

 

13th Aug 2010

Novelty wines: Arrogant Frog and other labels

by Tim Atkin

Back in the early 1980s, the Australian producer Wolf Blass invented a sparkling red called René Pogel. Wolfie, as he's known to friends, is a brash, but extremely successful bloke, who combines his talents as a winemaker with a flair for... Read more

 

5th Aug 2010

The other side of own-label

by Tim Atkin

As oxymorons go, they may not be as absurd as "French resistance", "amicable divorce" and "camping holiday", but there's still something fundamentally silly about Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Spaghetti Bolognese, Asda Extra Special Lemon... Read more

 

5th Aug 2010

Wine, social media and the power of the internet

by Tim Atkin

Clay Shirky may sound like the sort of moniker people come up with when they combine their first pet with their mother's maiden name to create a fictional porn star, but the American academic, writer and commentator is real enough and nothing... Read more