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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

 

9th Jul 2010

How fine is Tesco's Finest*?

by Tim Atkin

Tesco's Finest, or rather Finest*, wine range is celebrating its tenth birthday at the moment, complete with a press tasting, some corporate chest beating and a Finest Limited Edition 2000 Vintage selection, including specially chosen wines... Read more

 

1st Jul 2010

Eating out? Please bring a bottle

by Tim Atkin

How do you spend $47,221.09 on lunch for six people? Assuming your credit card company will authorise the transaction, it's surprisingly easy if you're a billionaire. To paraphrase Withnail in the cult film, Withnail & I, you just order... Read more

 

25th Jun 2010

Au revoir, Chamarré?

by Tim Atkin

"Made in France, enjoyed everywhere," runs the tag line on Chamarré's appropriately colourful website. At the time of writing, both parts of this statement remain true, but for how much longer? The French wine brand that promised to say "no... Read more

 

24th Jun 2010

The trouble with Australia

by Tim Atkin

Australians don't do pessimism. They're generally such a chipper, stop-moaning-and-get on with-it nation that they'd rather share a hot tub with a great white shark than be accused of whingeing like a Pom. But hang around anyone who works in... Read more