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18th Oct 2009

A Vine Romance

by Tim Atkin

Ever fancied making your own wine? Judging by the number of people who tell me they're considering a change of lifestyle, moving to somewhere where the sun shines and no one has ever heard of Tesco, there's a strong possibility that you have.... Read more

 

11th Oct 2009

Judging books by their covers

by Tim Atkin

In case you missed the hoopla, Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, was published on September 15th. In the space of a few weeks, Mr Brown has sold more than half a million copies in the UK alone, at a cover price of £18.99. Even if you... Read more

 

11th Oct 2009

Adolfo Hurtado

by Tim Atkin

Relaxed, friendly and unfazed, Adolfo Hurtado is equanimity made flesh. There may be moments when he loses his rag mid-harvest -- berating a hapless cellar hand or smashing his knuckles against a barrel in frustration -- but they are hard to... Read more

 

11th Oct 2009

Laithwaites on the up

by Tim Atkin

Laithwaites, the UK's biggest home-delivery wine business, has always reminded me of Dan Brown: loved by the general public, but dismissed as a bit of a joke by us critics. The parallel doesn't stop there: in the week that the best-selling... 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

 

27th Sep 2009

Keith Floyd and the art of product placement

by Tim Atkin

RIP Keith Floyd. For all the headlines about boozing, bankruptcy and failed marriages, Floyd was a talented chef and a brilliant TV presenter. It's easy to forget that, before Floyd, cookery programmes were invariably pompous, prissy and... Read more

 

27th Sep 2009

Go wild with The Bunch

by Tim Atkin

Attending a tasting run by The Bunch, a group of Britain's leading independent wine merchants, is like watching The Magnificent Seven. Every time the posse reassembles, it seems to have lost a member. Lay & Wheeler is the latest to fall,... Read more

 

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