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2nd Jan 2018

The Future of Wine (1988)

by Ron Washam

When I first began blogging about wine back in 1988, there wasn’t even an internet. The whole world was like North Korea, except with dogs. That didn’t stop me from writing a weekly blog about wine. (I’m actually the person who came up with... Read more


17th Dec 2017

The perfect 8/10 vintage

by Matt Walls

Last week I opened a bottle of 2010 Bordeaux. Nothing fancy – Château La Tour de By, a reliable Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc. Nope; still not ready. It hardly tasted of anything. It’s a ‘great vintage’ in the region, and eventually the... Read more


8th Dec 2017

The HoseMaster of Wine's Christmas wish list

by Ron Washam

Dear Santa, This Christmas, I don’t want anything for myself. I have everything I need, Santa. A cellar filled with the great wines of the world, and Oregon wines, too. A Roederer International Wine Writers Award that I bought online... Read more


6th Dec 2017

Deluxe redux

by Tim Atkin

Serendipity is part of the pleasure of owning a wine cellar. Unless you’re the kind of person who keeps a log of every bottle that’s down there – I’m as organised as the next Virgo, but there are limits – these chance discoveries are... Read more


28th Nov 2017

Signing Off

by Andrea Frost

After almost three years, 25 columns and more than 30,000 words, I’m sad to say, I’m getting off here; this is my final column for timatkin.com. The decision has not come easily. I’ve loved writing the column and learnt a lot doing it. But... Read more


24th Nov 2017

Calm down, dear

by Sarah Abbott MW

And those who are beautiful,who can contain them?Rainer Maria Rilke Remember this! No amount of Bacchic revelling can corrupt an honest women.Euripides, The Bacchae Last week a wine trade... Read more


12th Nov 2017

Blind Review of Jon Bonné's "The New Wine Rules"

by Ron Washam

I wanted to read Jon Bonné’s latest wine book, “The New Wine Rules,” but I have a new rule myself. I don’t read books about wine rules. Books about wine rules, which every famous wine writer seems to feel is his or her duty to write,... Read more


9th Nov 2017

What the Clos de Tart sale means for the future of Burgundy

by Tim Atkin

Remind me never to play poker against Frédéric Engerer. On Thursday evening last week, I was tasting at Domaine d’Eugénie in Vosne-Romanée with the CEO of Artémis Domaines and asked him about the impending sale of Clos de Tart. The 7.53-... Read more


22nd Oct 2017

Wine clubs: what's your tribe?

by Sarah Abbott MW

“I have a mind to join a club, and beat you over the head with it.” Groucho Marx As a child, I was often at my nan’s for the Methodist ladies bible club. They got together weekly for mutual confidence and enlightenment,... Read more


16th Oct 2017

Has the sun set on UK wine blogging?

by Matt Walls

What does success look like for the UK’s best wine bloggers? Gaining ever more readers? An endless stream of free samples? Or perhaps earning money from advertising? It’s different for everyone, but for many wine bloggers it turns out that... Read more