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13th Dec 2009

Best fizz of 2009

by Tim Atkin

With 12 days to go until Christmas, I'd like to propose a yuletide toast to Professor Gérard Liger-Belair of the University of Reims. He it was who proved earlier this year what many of us have long suspected: that sparkling wines are... Read more


8th Nov 2009

Turn on the lights

by Tim Atkin

Where are we to find such bottles? It's harder than you might think, particularly if you want to drink something at 12% or below. White wines from the cooler parts of viticultural Europe, such as the Loire Valley, northern Italy, the Mosel... Read more


8th Nov 2009

Christmas reds and whites

by Tim Atkin

WHITE   2008 Errazuriz Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley (£4.99 each for two, 13.5%, Majestic). Reduced from £7.99, which makes it a stunning deal, this is an easy drinking, peach and citrus fruit Chilean Chardonnay with a... Read more


19th Oct 2009

Land of Plenty

by Tim Atkin

There can't be many people who would pay £410 for a bottle of red wine. Even by the silly-money standards of Bordeaux, that's a huge amount of dosh. But pay it some do. The wine in question is L'Ermita, which vies with Pingus from Ribera del... 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


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