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Fizz and tennis

Jane Parkinson

Jane joins the tennis crowds at SW19 with a Champagne spring in her step

A Red, White and Rosé Brexit

Anthony Rose

Preparing for Brexit, perhaps there's a golden return to the glorious days of yesteryear in prospect when not all Port had to be from Portugal or Sherry from Spain. Through the prism of a red, white and rosé glass half full, we take a look at a brave new post-Brexit world.

Assyrtiko breaks out in Australia

Joanna Simon

I like classic wines made from so-called noble grape varieties as much as anyone, but there’s a thrill of a different kind in wines that push the frontiers. 

Best of the summer wine

David Williams

The wines at this Saturday's Wine Gang Summer Festival are not just for summer. 

Soave Revealed – A Quiet Revolution

Anthony Rose

A masterclass on Soave had many of us thinking that there's more to Soave than the old prejudices suggest thanks to the exploitation by this Venetian region's more forward-looking producers of its geographical diversity.

The Age of Albariño

Joanna Simon

If I’m really honest it wasn’t the prospect of the day’s tasting that got me out of bed at 4.20am to go to Spain for the day: it was lunch. 

The Bollinger Lunch

Jane Parkinson

Jane breaks her own wine trade lunch rules in the name of Champagne Bollinger.

Château Babel

Anthony Rose

Bordeaux is about to come out with en primeur prices for the 2016 vintage. What are the pros and cons of buying Bordeaux futures and should you take a punt on the 2016s? Anthony has an opinion on the subject.

Weird and wonderful grape varieties

Joanna Simon

“Some of the wines are available in the UK; others are so rare it is unlikely that you will be able to find much literature on them,” said the email from an MW. 


Jane Parkinson

*New wine klaxon* Jane checks out the latest addition to the famous Champagne house’s range…

Wine for eggs

David Williams

Easter eggs or chocolate eggs? I’m not about to get involved in that absurd dispute. I’ll leave that to our politicians, who clearly don’t have anything more pressing to worry about. I’m more concerned about what to drink with them on Sunday.

Of course a lot depends on the type of chocolate the eggs are made from. Sweet creamy white chocolate is a very different beast from the bitter high-cocoa content dark stuff, while milk sits somewhere between the two.

The Arts and Crafts of Wine

Anthony Rose

Are we overdosing on natural, real, authentic wines, call them what you will, or has the language of the artisan winemaker simply been appropriated by the the wine trade as a clever new marketing hook on which to hang its wines?