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29th Aug 2009

Aussie wines and The Ashes

by Tim Atkin

How good was that? For an Englishman who’s passionate about sport, nothing compares with beating the Aussies at cricket, not even a win on penalties against the Germans or a last minute touch down against the French.  And yet somehow... Read more

 

23rd Aug 2009

Sideways look

by Tim Atkin

The Hitching Post in Buellton has got used to the attention by now. Five years after the hit movie Sideways featured two scenes filmed at its friendly, no frills bar, the local steakhouse is still attracting... Read more

 

16th Aug 2009

Youngest First

by Tim Atkin

I've never been to a Tupperware party, let alone an Ann Summers get-together, but I have a feeling that's where the people behind i-wine (i-wine.tv) found their inspiration. Billed as "an interactive wine game for the senses", featuring a... Read more

 

14th Aug 2009

Europe's new legislative dawn

by Tim Atkin

The European wine sector took a step into the 21st century earlier this month. Given that many of its practices were mired in the 1930s, it was a stride that covered more than 70 years. Discussions have been on going for more than two years,... Read more

 

2nd Aug 2009

California dreaming in the UK

by Tim Atkin

If location, location, location is the key to the property market, explaining why a sock drawer in Knightsbridge costs more than a palace in Kabul, it also tells you a lot about the wine market. The main reason it costs more to produce wine... Read more

 

2nd Aug 2009

Off licences in a recession

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite websites is worst-jobs.com. Whenever friends moan about their lot, I show them what others have to do to earn a stale crust: worm taster, porn theatre janitor, sub-editor on the Daily Mail. Sad people even post details of... Read more

 

26th Jul 2009

With this wine...

by Tim Atkin

Pressure, what pressure? I'm getting married this week and I've been agonising over the wines for the wedding lunch and party for months. If you write about booze for a living, your family, in-laws and friends (several of whom are also... Read more

 

19th Jul 2009

Wine, science and, er, sperm

by Tim Atkin

It was enough to make me splutter into my muesli. The news that scientists at the North East England Stem Cell Institute claim to have created “fully mature, functional” human sperm raises ethical questions about life itself. Does so-called... Read more

 

12th Jul 2009

Coming of Age

by Tim Atkin

Heaven knows who came up with the statistic, but the word in the booze business is that 9 out of 10 wines are drunk within 48 hours of purchase. Do people in white coats stand, clipboard primed, beside the nation's bottle banks, quizzing... Read more

 

11th Jul 2009

Affordable wines to lay down

by Tim Atkin

Heaven knows who came up with the statistic, but the word in the booze business is that 9 out of 10 wines are drunk within 48 hours of purchase. Do people in white coats stand, clipboard primed, beside the nation's bottle banks, quizzing... Read more