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21st Mar 2010

A Hedonist's Paradise

by Tim Atkin

No one needs an excuse to go to Wellington, New Zealand's most cosmopolitan, food-loving city, when it's central heating and thermals time back in Europe. But throw in the chance to attend a three day conference dedicated to Pinot Noir, the... Read more

 

21st Mar 2010

Are we ready for Turkish wine?

by Tim Atkin

"Read it? I know him." Travelling around Turkey on a wine trip, there are times when you're reminded of the joke about the Polish man who goes to the optician's and is asked to decipher a line of random letters. It took me a week to learn how... Read more

 

18th Mar 2010

Happy Birthday, Cloudy Bay

by Tim Atkin

Happy birthday, Cloudy Bay. As the first grapes of 2010 are picked in Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, the country’s most famous winery is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Who would have guessed, back in... Read more

 

14th Mar 2010

A beginner's guide to Champagne

by Tim Atkin

THE WINE BOX Become an instant expert -- this month: Champagne Dom Pérignon didn't invent bubbles; we did. Christopher Merret presented a paper to the Royal Society about sparkling wine in December 1662, six years... Read more

 

14th Mar 2010

The cheat's guide to wine

by Tim Atkin

There must be some very long faces on the other side of the Channel at the moment. The French have always suspected we were a treacherous bunch, but they've just received a poke with a sharp stick to the vinous nether regions. Gallic wine... Read more

 

11th Mar 2010

Beware of floods, fires and locusts

by Tim Atkin

If "Sex change bishop in mercy dash to Palace" is the funniest fictitious headline ever written, then "Small earthquake in Chile: not many dead" is surely the dullest. Claud Cockburn's winning entry for an in-house competition on this very... Read more

 

5th Mar 2010

French wines and Charles Aznavour

by Tim Atkin

"Fall in love with France again" sounds like a Charles Aznavour song -- imagine it crooned in a soft-toned Gallic accent -- but it's actually the title that one importer chose for a recent tasting highlighting its extensive French range. You... Read more

 

4th Mar 2010

Wine: Is it the real thing?

by Tim Atkin

How could they tell? The recent kerfuffle about fake pinot noir in the Languedoc reminded me of Dorothy Parker's quip about the death of President Calvin Coolidge. If you missed the news, a dozen Frenchmen were found guilty of selling 16... Read more

 

24th Feb 2010

The Fine Wine Game

by Tim Atkin

The hype in Bordeaux began before a single grape had been crushed. The 2009 harvest, according to several château owners, was one of the finest they'd ever seen. Seasoned Bordeaux watchers could be forgiven for rolling their eyes towards the... Read more

 

24th Feb 2010

Everything you need to know about Prosecco

by Tim Atkin

Italy is blessed with many beautiful places, but the view from the top of the Cartizze hill in Conegliano Valdobbiadene is still a bit special. The vineyard itself, Prosecco's only Grand Cru, is so steep that a mountain goat would have... Read more