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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

 

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