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11th Oct 2009

Laithwaites on the up

by Tim Atkin

Laithwaites, the UK's biggest home-delivery wine business, has always reminded me of Dan Brown: loved by the general public, but dismissed as a bit of a joke by us critics. The parallel doesn't stop there: in the week that the best-selling... Read more

 

4th Oct 2009

A toast to Grenache

by Tim Atkin

TS Eliot got it wrong in my view: October, not April, is the cruellest month. Once the clocks go back you know you're in for a winter of sniffles, short days and exorbitant heating bills. The only compensation -- at least if you're a wine... Read more

 

27th Sep 2009

Keith Floyd and the art of product placement

by Tim Atkin

RIP Keith Floyd. For all the headlines about boozing, bankruptcy and failed marriages, Floyd was a talented chef and a brilliant TV presenter. It's easy to forget that, before Floyd, cookery programmes were invariably pompous, prissy and... Read more

 

27th Sep 2009

Go wild with The Bunch

by Tim Atkin

Attending a tasting run by The Bunch, a group of Britain's leading independent wine merchants, is like watching The Magnificent Seven. Every time the posse reassembles, it seems to have lost a member. Lay & Wheeler is the latest to fall,... Read more

 

21st Sep 2009

Sparkling form

by Tim Atkin

Help! I fear I'm turning into a Prosecco snob. You might think this is slightly silly - like favouring one daytime soap over another - but I'm serious. There are lots of wines on the market that use the P word and the differences between... Read more

 

13th Sep 2009

William Golding and wine competitions

by Tim Atkin

When William Golding sent the manuscript of "Lord of the Flies" to the publisher, Faber & Faber, it landed on the desk of a reader called Polly Perkins. Her verdict on "Strangers from Within", as the book was then titled, was that it was... Read more

 

13th Sep 2009

Majestic's six bottle switch

by Tim Atkin

Economic necessity or swift-footed tactical shimmy? Majestic's decision to reduce its minimum in-store purchase from 12 to six bottles - as predicted here on 2 August - is arguably both things. It's no secret that, by its own standards,... Read more

 

6th Sep 2009

Review of La Tour d'Argent's Wine List

by Tim Atkin

When La Tour d'Argent lost its second Michelin star a few years ago, continuing its slide down the ranking of top French restaurants, television crews were camped outside for days. Its food may not be what it once was, but this Left Bank... Read more

 

6th Sep 2009

A Fruity Number

by Tim Atkin

I know we've just come through the silly season, when tales of killer chipmunks and dolphin sign language deputise for what's normally classed as news in the British media, but even I was surprised by two wine-related stories that appeared... Read more

 

29th Aug 2009

Wolf Blass and his wines

by Tim Atkin

There are so many stories about Wolf Blass that it's hard to know when fact shades into fiction. Did he really page himself at airports so that other people would hear his name? Did he once drive his Rolls-Royce into an electricity pylon,... Read more