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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

 

29th Jul 2010

Rasputin and underwater wines

by Tim Atkin

What is it about the Baltic and champagne? Last week's high profile discovery of a cache of bubbly aboard a shipwreck is not the first time fizz has been found on a Nordic sea bed. In 1998, treasure hunters recovered 3,000 bottles from a... Read more

 

23rd Jul 2010

Wines to drink by the Med

by Tim Atkin

When the package tour operator Goldtrail Travel collapsed last week, cancelling the summer holidays of some 50,000 customers, bar owners in Greece and Turkey must have had mixed feelings. Goldtrail's rowdier punters were famously enthusiastic... Read more

 

23rd Jul 2010

Where now for post-World Cup South Africa?

by Tim Atkin

The idea of golf being used as a symbol for the new, racially integrated South Africa might sound absurd to some. You've only got to walk around a top course in the Cape to realise that golf remains the preserve of a white elite. But there... Read more

 

17th Jul 2010

In praise of natural wine

by Tim Atkin

The wine style I want to promote doesn't come from a specific region, although most of its exponents are French and Italian. More frustratingly still, it has no legal definition and is dismissed by many as a fringe movement peopled by... Read more

 

16th Jul 2010

A toast to Spain

by Tim Atkin

Oh to have been in Rioja when Spain clinched the World Cup on Sunday. The spot I would have chosen is Los Caños, one of my favourite tapas bars, which sits unobtrusively in the corner of Haro's central square. The place has very little to do... Read more

 

9th Jul 2010

Reds to help you chill out this summer

by Tim Atkin

The sommelier's eyebrows arched like circumflex accents as he spat the words back at me, Gallic steam hissing from his ears. "Vous voulez un seau à glace?" he demanded incredulously, as neighbouring tables turned to stare. Why the Richter... Read more