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21st May 2010

Wine and the spirit of co-operation

by Tim Atkin

Co-operation may be fashionable in political circles at the moment, but in the wine business it's increasingly regarded as the equivalent of a tweed skirt: frumpy, moth-eaten and distinctly old-fashioned. Now more than ever individualism... Read more

 

17th May 2010

The big three: feedback from the spring tastings

by Tim Atkin

It was a neat coincidence. As we entered the final week of the Barclays Premiership, with Chelsea and Manchester United competing for the trophy, so the two best high street retailers went head to head in Central London. Oddbins' press... Read more

 

14th May 2010

A cloud with a silver lining: natural wines

by Tim Atkin

Walk into any wine shop and you can see the bottles that sell, placed strategically in the fridge or in attention-grabbing piles close to the till. The wall flowers are easy to spot, too: hidden away on a bottom shelf and invariably coated... Read more

 

6th May 2010

What to drink on election night

by Tim Atkin

If his diaries are to be believed, the late Alan Clark always went to bed early on New Year's Eve, avoiding noisy parties to get a good night's kip in his castle at Saltwood. Some of you may be considering a similar approach to the election... Read more

 

1st May 2010

Interview with Angelo Gaja

by Tim Atkin

At an age when most men are contemplating the prospect of a free bus pass, Angelo Gaja is as youthful and energetic as ever. His hair may be grey now, but Italy's most famous winemaker still moves at a pace that is closer to a jog than a... Read more

 

1st May 2010

Interview with Angelo Gaja

by Tim Atkin

At an age when most men are contemplating the prospect of a free bus pass, Angelo Gaja is as youthful and energetic as ever. His hair may be grey now, but Italy's most famous winemaker still moves at a pace that is closer to a jog than a... Read more

 

1st May 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson and a world of two halves

by Tim Atkin

Sir Alex Ferguson -- soccer genius, gum-chewer and mind game player extraordinaire -- wants to go into the wine business when he retires. The story emerged in the News of the World last weekend, so should be treated with a degree of... Read more

 

30th Apr 2010

What makes a great sommelier?

by Tim Atkin

It's been a mixed month for Gallic gastronomy. If the French were insulted by the fact that their country didn't feature once in Restaurant Magazine's list of the top 10 eateries in the world, they could at least take solace in the result of... Read more

 

22nd Apr 2010

Riesling and the high Mosel bridge

by Tim Atkin

"Ah, classic aromas of petrol on the nose." Professional wine speak can sound silly at the best of times, but the description that invariably makes punters splutter into their Paris goblets is the one used to describe the smell of mature... Read more

 

16th Apr 2010

Teaching students to drink wine

by Tim Atkin

When I first heard about a French government proposal to hold wine tastings on university campuses, I assumed it was a belated April Fool. But the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. Offering free booze to students is like... Read more