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7th Mar 2018

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: too much of a good thing?

by Tim Atkin

In the recent history of wine, it’s hard to think of a bigger success story than New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. People famously complain that the fastest way to earn a small fortune in the wine business is to start with a bigger one, but... Read more


5th Mar 2018

The A.I. of Wine Spectator

by Ron Washam

The two words that come to mind when one thinks of the “Wine Spectator’s” lineup of wine critics — James Laube, Matt Kramer, Tim Fish, James Molesworth, Harvey Steiman et al.— is Artificial Intelligence. And, in fact, the entire... Read more


2nd Mar 2018

Why Can’t We Accept Mothers Who Drink?

by Celia Bryan-Brown

The ‘Wine Mom’ has become an infamous staple of popular culture. She loves a meme, her personalised ‘mummy juice’ glassware and sassy ‘wine o’clock’ kitchen signage – and she can’t resist the lure of a crisp glass of... Read more


19th Feb 2018

Capital ventures

by Matt Walls

When London's first urban winery opened in 2013, I was cynical. But London Cru is still going strong, having since won multiple awards for its wines and gained listings in Michelin-starred restaurants. A second winery, Renegade Wines, opened in... Read more


12th Feb 2018

South African wine's Day Zero

by Tim Atkin

Day Zero sounds like the title of a dystopian disaster movie, starring Matt Damon or an ageing Bruce Willis perhaps. But what’s happening in South Africa right now has nothing to do with fantasy or fiction. On the contrary, it’s all too real.... Read more


5th Feb 2018

So You Wanna Be a Wine Judge.Com

by Ron Washam

Hello! And welcome to So You Wanna Be a Wine Judge.Com!, your online wine judge certification program. Once you complete this simple online course, you’ll be completely qualified to judge in any wine competition in the world!... Read more


30th Jan 2018

The mindful glass?

by Sarah Abbott MW

27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.Book of Ecclesiastes, The Old... Read more


26th Jan 2018

Praising Chile's diversity

by Tim Atkin

Chile, Argentina and New Zealand are always arguing over vinous proximity to Antarctica, but the Keóken project removes any doubt for now. The vines established by the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), close to Lake General... Read more


23rd Jan 2018

Why buy Bordeaux en primeur?

by Tim Atkin

During Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai was asked what impact he thought the 1789 French Revolution had had on the world. His reply – that it was “too early to say” – wasn’t quite as witty as it... Read more


16th Jan 2018

What do we mean by fine wine?

by Tim Atkin

“Wine doesn’t get much better than this”, a London-based wine merchant wrote on Instagram recently. Pictured above his comment was the cork from a bottle of 1959 Château Lafite-Rothschild, his birth year. Social media channels are... Read more