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28th Nov 2010

The rebirth of Lebanese wine

by Tim Atkin

A five hour flight to Lebanon coupled with a lengthy, fog-bound delay at Heathrow is a good time to do some reading about this most complex of Middle Eastern countries. Your mind spins trying to remember the names of the nineteen officially... Read more


22nd Nov 2010

Odds-on winner

by Tim Atkin

Why don't off-licence managers look out of the window in the morning? The answer, according to a joke that's doing the rounds in the booze trade, is that they'd have nothing to do in the afternoon. The news that First Quench Retailing, the... Read more


13th Nov 2010

The Outsiders come to London

by Tim Atkin

“Have you ever thought about making your own wine?” If you write about fermented grape juice for a living it doesn’t take long before someone asks you the question. It always contains a splash of implied criticism. Why don’t you get... Read more


11th Nov 2010

Time to learn Mandarin?

by Tim Atkin

David Cameron's visit to Beijing this week at the head of the biggest-ever British trade delegation acknowledged a simple, if slightly uncomfortable fact. For the foreseeable future, the world's economy will be driven and dominated by... Read more


3rd Nov 2010

Why is Asia in love with Lafite?

by Tim Atkin

A long face is almost de rigueur for anyone working in the London wine trade right now. There was a brief outbreak of optimism in the late spring and... Read more


29th Oct 2010

Wrangles at Wine Australia

by Tim Atkin

What’s happening to the Australian wine industry at the moment reminds me of the famous line from Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like... Read more


22nd Oct 2010

Burgundy 2009: first impressions

by Tim Atkin

“Hey, guys, great choice of time to visit.” Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault was only voicing the views of many of the Burgundian growers who received me in the middle of the 2010 vintage. And he had a point,... Read more


16th Oct 2010

Grape heists - no ladder required

by Tim Atkin

It was among the most famous heists in the art world. Early one February morning in 1994, two crooks propped a ladder against the wall of Oslo's National Gallery. They smashed a first floor window, climbed inside and lifted Edvard Munch's... Read more


15th Oct 2010

Australia: the joy of Melbourne

by Tim Atkin

You don’t need an excuse to spend time in Melbourne. At least, I don’t. It’s Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, with a fantastic food and wine culture and some seriously good late night bars. OK, the weather can be grim (it looks like... Read more


8th Oct 2010

Wine and alcohol: how low should you go?

by Tim Atkin

"And how many units of wine do you drink a week?" If you've been to see your GP for a health assessment recently, you may recognize the question as well as the dilemma facing the patient. Do you lie, knowing that most doctors double what... Read more