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The Ghosts of Wine

by Christina Rasmussen

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the...

When Tony met Rowan

by Tim Atkin

Autobiographies, according to George Orwell, are only to be trusted when they reveal something disgraceful about the subject. If you discount the revelation that he got a third class degree...

The Rules of BYO

by Matt Walls

Many of us have a few ‘special’ bottles in our collections but finding the time to drink them can prove surprisingly tricky. We don’t all have the skills or the...

From the Archive

A ferment about Furmint

by Matt Walls

To be sung to the tune of ‘Start Wearing Purple’ by Gogol Bordello: “Start drinking Furmint drinking Furmint, Start drinking Furmint for me now, All your sanity – and wits...

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Alsace and the meaning of tradition

by Tim Atkin

The wine world thrives on novelty: new vintages, new flavours, new producers. In some ways, this is both understandable and necessary. Creating a bit of sizzle around a category that,...

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A Hedonist’s Paradise

by Tim Atkin

No one needs an excuse to go to Wellington, New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan, food-loving city, when it’s central heating and thermals time back in Europe. But throw in the chance...

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A beginner’s guide to Champagne

by Tim Atkin

THE WINE BOX Become an instant expert — this month: Champagne Dom Pérignon didn’t invent bubbles; we did. Christopher Merret presented a paper to the Royal Society about sparkling wine...

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A taste of English fizz

by Tim Atkin

How do you define Englishness? To some, it’s village greens, warm beer, stiff upper lips, pinstriped suits and the changing of the guard. To others, it’s a little less idealised...

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Beyond the Big Six grape varieties

by Tim Atkin

“I love Chablis, but I can’t stand Chardonnay.” “I hate Sancerre, but I adore Sauvignon Blanc.” You used to hear such comments all the time, even from people who claimed...

Wine of the Week

2015 As Furnias, Juan González Arjones, Galicia

( £18.50, 12.5% )

Sold as a table wine (vino de mesa), despite the fact that it comes from the sub-zone of O Rosal, widely considered one of the best areas in the Rías Baixas DO, this is an intriguing and quite possibly unique cuvée of Brancellao, Caiño, Sousão and Espadeiro. (The Portuguese names...

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2017 Truly Irresistible Carmenère, Maipo Costa

( £7, 13.6% )

I’m a big fan of the wines that supermarket buyer Joe Turner has blended with Indómita for the UK’s Co-operative chain. This is rich, weighty and plush with a touch of oak, some blueberry and black fig flavours and a hint of green pepper.

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Magpie Estate SF2, Barossa Valley

( £13.99, 14.5, Noel Young Wines )

If you want to drink a Barossa red with very little oak but bags of flavour, this unfiltered, co-fermented cuvée of Mataro (Mourvèdre) and 35% Grenache is well worth tracking down. Spicy and peppery, with some stemmy whole bunch flavours, floral top notes, mint, raspberry and bramble fruit and fine-grained...

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