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30th Jan 2017

Where the wild things are

by Andrea Frost

I was sitting at an old wooden bar at one of Wellington’s finest restaurants when I noticed the counter had been converted into a fish tank. Beneath my glass of Sauvignon Blanc a crayfish with claws the size of oven mitts shovelled pebbles from... Read more


18th Jan 2017

How great is the 2015 Burgundy vintage?

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy and Bordeaux may share a common language, but they are very different places. It’s not just the question of size that generally separates them – single grape varieties versus blends, small- versus larger-scale production, individual... Read more


16th Jan 2017

Coming of age

by Matt Walls

Orange wine. Grower Champagne. Biodynamics. Trends come and go in wine like anything else. Some are clearly gimmicks (blue wine, anyone?)... Read more


6th Jan 2017

What, no Donald? Some wine predictions for 2017

by Chris Losh

JANUARY Controversy in Germany when the details of the country’s sparkling wine producers are made available online for the first time. ‘We know not everyone agrees with making the Sekt Offenders Register public,’... Read more


4th Jan 2017

Notes on the 2017 Vintage - Worst Year Ever?

by Ron Washam

I traveled and tasted widely for this review of the wines of 2017. I think, in general, the vintage can be summed up as miserable. The wise consumer should give ’17 a Pass—“Donner” seems appropriate. This is not unexpected, of course.... Read more


19th Dec 2016

How the other half drinks

by Matt Walls

Is there a quicker way to get to know someone than by flicking through their music collection or browsing their bookshelves? Both feel like a little glimpse into their soul. For wine lovers, rifling through someone's cellar can be equally... Read more


9th Dec 2016

The 12 wines of Christmas

by Natasha Hughes MW

December has barely begun, but if you’re anything like me 2016 has made you somewhat disinclined to feel much in the way of goodwill to all men, and you’re probably well over Slade singing ‘So here it is, Merry Christmas’ at you every... Read more


8th Dec 2016

Faith in wine fakes?

by Tim Atkin

Investigative journalism is a dangerous business. Indeed, you could argue that in its purest form it’s often fatal. Find out something that rich and powerful people don’t want you to know about – illegal arms trading or money laundering,... Read more


4th Dec 2016

Ask Sid Heil, Your White Supremacist Sommelier!

by Ron Washam

As a young boy, Sid Heil decided he wanted to make wine his career. “My Dad taught me that white people had invented wine, and that it was an industry that was still about 99% white. But that was a long time ago, and things have changed. That... Read more


28th Nov 2016

When Wine Imitates Art

by Andrea Frost

If you’re going to contemplate beauty in wine, you might as well do it in an art gallery. Well, that was my reasoning when I accepted the invitation, even if it was under the ruse of an all-women fundraiser for a cosy 200 guests on a bright... Read more