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17th Jan 2010

The Perfect Dozen

by Tim Atkin

If you gave up booze for a month on 1 January, as several of my friends did, you may have reached the point, two weeks later, when you've locked away the corkscrew and are deliberately avoiding supermarket wine aisles. I've never been one for... Read more


11th Jan 2010

My predictions for 2010

by Tim Atkin

Hands up anyone who can remember a more depressing year than the one that has just ended? I thought so. Even for those of us who are positive, glass half full people, 2009 will go down as an annus horribilis for our industry. Sales were down,... Read more


10th Jan 2010

Beyond the Big Six grape varieties

by Tim Atkin

"I love Chablis, but I can't stand Chardonnay." "I hate Sancerre, but I adore Sauvignon Blanc." You used to hear such comments all the time, even from people who claimed to know about wine, but they are rare these days. The major grape... Read more


20th Dec 2009

Christmas Day chez Atkin

by Tim Atkin

Forget about turkey, stuffing and brandy butter: the Atkin family Christmas will have a Spanish flavour this year. There are two reasons for this, neither related to the London location of the meal itself. The first is that I've just bought a... Read more


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


7th Dec 2009

The Atkins. My wines of the year for 2009

by Tim Atkin

First, the good news. Not since 1990 has the world enjoyed such a consistently promising vintage as it did in 2009. The châteaux owners of Bordeaux may be leading the field in the hype stakes -- this will be the third "vintage of the... Read more


7th Dec 2009

Will this end cheap alcohol deals?

by Tim Atkin

It was a neat, if unfortunate coincidence that on the day the Scottish government published its alcohol bill, a small brewery in Fraserburgh released a head banger beer called Tactical Nuclear Penguin. BrewDog claims that its imperial stout... Read more


20th Nov 2009

Matt Skinner and a difference of vintages

by Tim Atkin

How much store do you set by tasting notes? Would a fulsome description of a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc -- combine mouth watering, zingy, tangy, nettley, gooseberryish, minerally, etc in the order of your choice -- affect your purchasing decision?... Read more


15th Nov 2009

King of the hill

by Tim Atkin

A visitor to Angelo Gaja's winery in Barbaresco fell to his knees on a recent tasting tour and tried to kiss the great man's hands. "Please get up," Gaja told him, "I'm not the Pope." He may not be the Supreme Pontiff, but Gaja is a big name... 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