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6th Sep 2009

Review of La Tour d'Argent's Wine List

by Tim Atkin

When La Tour d'Argent lost its second Michelin star a few years ago, continuing its slide down the ranking of top French restaurants, television crews were camped outside for days. Its food may not be what it once was, but this Left Bank... Read more

 

6th Sep 2009

A Fruity Number

by Tim Atkin

I know we've just come through the silly season, when tales of killer chipmunks and dolphin sign language deputise for what's normally classed as news in the British media, but even I was surprised by two wine-related stories that appeared... Read more

 

29th Aug 2009

Wolf Blass and his wines

by Tim Atkin

There are so many stories about Wolf Blass that it's hard to know when fact shades into fiction. Did he really page himself at airports so that other people would hear his name? Did he once drive his Rolls-Royce into an electricity pylon,... Read more

 

29th Aug 2009

Aussie wines and The Ashes

by Tim Atkin

How good was that? For an Englishman who’s passionate about sport, nothing compares with beating the Aussies at cricket, not even a win on penalties against the Germans or a last minute touch down against the French.  And yet somehow... Read more

 

23rd Aug 2009

Sideways look

by Tim Atkin

The Hitching Post in Buellton has got used to the attention by now. Five years after the hit movie Sideways featured two scenes filmed at its friendly, no frills bar, the local steakhouse is still attracting... Read more

 

16th Aug 2009

Youngest First

by Tim Atkin

I've never been to a Tupperware party, let alone an Ann Summers get-together, but I have a feeling that's where the people behind i-wine (i-wine.tv) found their inspiration. Billed as "an interactive wine game for the senses", featuring a... Read more

 

14th Aug 2009

Europe's new legislative dawn

by Tim Atkin

The European wine sector took a step into the 21st century earlier this month. Given that many of its practices were mired in the 1930s, it was a stride that covered more than 70 years. Discussions have been on going for more than two years,... Read more

 

2nd Aug 2009

California dreaming in the UK

by Tim Atkin

If location, location, location is the key to the property market, explaining why a sock drawer in Knightsbridge costs more than a palace in Kabul, it also tells you a lot about the wine market. The main reason it costs more to produce wine... Read more

 

2nd Aug 2009

Off licences in a recession

by Tim Atkin

One of my favourite websites is worst-jobs.com. Whenever friends moan about their lot, I show them what others have to do to earn a stale crust: worm taster, porn theatre janitor, sub-editor on the Daily Mail. Sad people even post details of... Read more

 

26th Jul 2009

With this wine...

by Tim Atkin

Pressure, what pressure? I'm getting married this week and I've been agonising over the wines for the wedding lunch and party for months. If you write about booze for a living, your family, in-laws and friends (several of whom are also... Read more