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10th Jun 2011

The joy of Austrian red wines

by Tim Atkin

Heaven, runs the old joke, is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and it's all organised by the Swiss. Hell, on the other hand, is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics... Read more


26th May 2011

Australia: lessons from the past

by Tim Atkin

There's nothing like a tasting of old wines to give you a sense of perspective. Sipping from bottles that were made before you were born (increasingly rare in my case as I approach the start of my sixth decade) encourages you to look back at... Read more


19th May 2011

Two great South African white blends

by Tim Atkin

Wandering around the London International Wine Fair can be a bewildering experience. You... Read more


12th May 2011

What's wrong with the UK wine scene

by Tim Atkin

In case you hadn't noticed, we're in the middle of National Wine Month, an initiative launched by the admirable Wine & Spirit Education Trust. I may have missed the road shows, the street parties, the pop up tastings and the impromptu... Read more


28th Apr 2011

The joy of blind tastings

by Tim Atkin

They may not be as unpopular as estate agents, traffic wardens or international bankers, but wine tasters are generally regarded with suspicion and even derision by the general public. I still keep an angry letter from a reader of The... Read more


15th Apr 2011

Bordeaux 2010: should you believe the hype?

by Tim Atkin

At a drinks party during the Masters of Wine Symposium in Bordeaux last June I was talking to Jean-Guillaume Prats, the general manager of Château Cos d'Estournel. What would the Bordelais do, I mused, if 2010 turned out to be another great... Read more


31st Mar 2011

RIP, Oddbins

by Tim Atkin

RIP, Odbins. When the Wimbledon-based chain was in its award-winning pomp writing those words would have been unimaginable, like predicting that the sun wouldn’t rise tomorrow. But after yesterday’s vote at the creditors’ meeting at... Read more


20th Mar 2011

Can California crack the UK market?

by Tim Atkin

It was George Bernard Shaw who described England and the United States as "two nations divided by a common language." The famous quote kept coming back to me on a recent tour of California's vineyards. The countries have their similarities --... Read more


16th Mar 2011

The trouble with non-vintage Champagne

by Tim Atkin

It’s a while since I’ve tasted a line-up of more than 60 non-vintages Champagnes in a single sitting. Well, standing actually. But the annual event in the sumptuous surroundings of London’s Banqueting Hall (from a window of which Charles I... Read more


5th Mar 2011

Making sense of Sangiovese

by Tim Atkin

How do you make sense of Italian wine? The country has more indigenous grapes than any other (somewhere between 800 and 1000 at a rough estimate) many of which are planted in a single region and nowhere else. Italian varieties are notoriously... Read more