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14th Mar 2010

A beginner's guide to Champagne

by Tim Atkin

THE WINE BOX Become an instant expert -- this month: Champagne Dom Pérignon didn't invent bubbles; we did. Christopher Merret presented a paper to the Royal Society about sparkling wine in December 1662, six years... Read more

 

14th Mar 2010

The cheat's guide to wine

by Tim Atkin

There must be some very long faces on the other side of the Channel at the moment. The French have always suspected we were a treacherous bunch, but they've just received a poke with a sharp stick to the vinous nether regions. Gallic wine... Read more

 

11th Mar 2010

Beware of floods, fires and locusts

by Tim Atkin

If "Sex change bishop in mercy dash to Palace" is the funniest fictitious headline ever written, then "Small earthquake in Chile: not many dead" is surely the dullest. Claud Cockburn's winning entry for an in-house competition on this very... Read more

 

5th Mar 2010

French wines and Charles Aznavour

by Tim Atkin

"Fall in love with France again" sounds like a Charles Aznavour song -- imagine it crooned in a soft-toned Gallic accent -- but it's actually the title that one importer chose for a recent tasting highlighting its extensive French range. You... Read more

 

4th Mar 2010

Wine: Is it the real thing?

by Tim Atkin

How could they tell? The recent kerfuffle about fake pinot noir in the Languedoc reminded me of Dorothy Parker's quip about the death of President Calvin Coolidge. If you missed the news, a dozen Frenchmen were found guilty of selling 16... Read more

 

24th Feb 2010

The Fine Wine Game

by Tim Atkin

The hype in Bordeaux began before a single grape had been crushed. The 2009 harvest, according to several château owners, was one of the finest they'd ever seen. Seasoned Bordeaux watchers could be forgiven for rolling their eyes towards the... Read more

 

24th Feb 2010

Everything you need to know about Prosecco

by Tim Atkin

Italy is blessed with many beautiful places, but the view from the top of the Cartizze hill in Conegliano Valdobbiadene is still a bit special. The vineyard itself, Prosecco's only Grand Cru, is so steep that a mountain goat would have... Read more

 

16th Feb 2010

And all because the lady loves...

by Tim Atkin

If you are single and fancy taking a flight to New York, Alessandra Rotondi can teach you a thing or two about seduction and wine. You might think that the time-sanctioned techniques linking alcohol and Ugandan activities are pretty simple... Read more

 

16th Feb 2010

Interview with Pedro Parra

by Tim Atkin

Pedro Parra is crouching in a hole with a small hammer in his hand, chipping away at the soil like a demented sculptor. "Granitic, pure grantic," he says, lifting a lump of pink igneous rock above his shoulder. "The topsoil is unimportant;... Read more

 

9th Feb 2010

All NZ's grapes in one basket?

by Tim Atkin

Let's start this column with something interactive. I'd like you to find a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left hand side please list your five favourite red grape varieties. You need to be honest here. Don't put down... Read more