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21st Aug 2017

Floral testimony

by Matt Walls

In the car park on my street there is a rose bush. Every so often when walking past I pause to cup one of the red flowers in my hand, bring it to my nose and inhale. The scent of a rose in bloom is as universal a pleasure as birdsong. So why are... Read more


9th Aug 2017

Burgundy's net benefits

by Tim Atkin

It’s squeaky bum time in Chablis at the moment. Grape growers all over the world consult weather forecasts on a regular basis, but in the Yonne it’s almost an obsession. You can see why the locals are worried: nature has picked them out for... Read more


6th Aug 2017

Parker in the Bardo

by Ron Washam

The Emperor of Wine was brooding. What had it all been for, he asked himself. The power, the points, the bluster. Now, nearly 70, the body breaking down like En Primeur sales without his scores, collapsing under its own weight, mired in the... Read more


2nd Aug 2017

Whose wine is it anyway?

by Sarah Abbott

“…and cool wine, fitting glove-like over those finer nerves that seem to tremble from the roof of my mouth and make it spread (as I drink) into a domed cavern, green with vine leaves, musk-scented, purple with grapes. Now I can... Read more


18th Jul 2017

Australian wine's coming of age

by Andrea Frost

Several months ago, I was tasting wine in a Melbourne restaurant when my thoughts turned to that of our national character. What makes Australian wine Australian? It was hardly surprising it arose when it did; I was tasting French and... Read more


14th Jul 2017

Roll over leafroll?

by Tim Atkin

The vineyards of the Western Cape are at their most beautiful in the autumn, a variegated canvas of browns, reds, oranges and yellows. But those colours hide a secret that has done untold damage to the South African wine industry and continues to... Read more


6th Jul 2017

The Threat of Global Wine Terrorism

by Ron Washam

The threat of global terrorism has finally reached the wine business. Wineries, importers, sommeliers, wine writers— all have found themselves under siege from various loosely organized but determined groups of wine terrorists. Each of these... Read more


28th Jun 2017

Fino's context warning

by Sarah Abbott MW

Elegy V Here take my picture; though I bid farewellThine, in my heart, where my soul dwells, shall dwell. Tis like me now, but I dead, ‘twill be more When we are shadows both, than twas... Read more


16th Jun 2017

The winelover’s secret map

by Matt Walls

Standing in his sun-drenched hallway, my friend and I stood before the newly-hung painting that he bought not long ago. “With a bit of luck, it might even go up in value,” he said, with an arched eyebrow. I couldn’t help but think of the... Read more


8th Jun 2017

News from the Court of Natural Sommeliers

by Ron Washam

The Court of Natural Sommeliers is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from qualified people in the wine trade who wish to pursue their N.S. There are currently 256 Natural Sommeliers in the world—220 are women, 30 are... Read more