by Charlie Leary

Pouring Politics

A recent article in Punch argued that we must re-inject politics into wine: “Without politics, terroir is just soil.” The article’s pretext was that some sort of ideological power play...

Read More
by Cong Cong Bo

Drink Promiscuously

It bothers me that wine drinkers frequently choose wine based on colour, or indeed dismiss those of the “wrong” colour. I have encountered this discrimination most overtly in the rosé...

Read More
by Peter Pharos

Postmodern Wine

If you are wondering why Threads has not caught up with Twitter yet, the answer is Direct Messages. A lot is made of the performative nature of social media posts,...

Read More
by Tim Atkin

Rioja On The Rocks

It should have been a moment of celebration, a chance to hymn the qualities of a special place. José Luiz Pérez-Linares’ documentary, Rioja: La Tierra de Mil Vinos, will be...

Read More
by Harry Eyres

Deconstructing Wine Descriptions

Near the beginning of the heroically rambling recollections of a lifetime’s passion for wine which he assembled and published as Notes on a Cellar Book, the Victorian literary critic George...

Read More
by Anne Burchett

Hoarding Books And Wines

When I moved into the house I still live in, I thought I would never be able to fill it. It’s not huge but I had few possessions at the...

Read More
by Margaret Rand

Resonant Rosé

To be perfectly clear, I love rosé. On a hot summer’s day it’s all you want; on a cool drizzly summer’s day it reminds you that it is in fact...

Read More
by Andy Neather

Big Money And The Soul Of Wine

You would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the travails of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, honorary chairman of the Champagne house and grandson of its founder. The British press...

Read More
by Peter Pharos

The Revolution Won’t Be Vinified

There is something vaguely onanistic in two contributors to the same website taking opposing views in back-to-back columns. As a reader, you are left with the sensation that instead of...

Read More
by Guy Woodward

The Politics of Wine

When I came into the wine industry 20 years ago, my impression was that, politically, it was broadly right-leaning. Certainly the upper echelons of the UK’s fine-wine fraternity were the...

Read More
by Rod Smith MW

More Rayas Than Raisin

For many people in the UK getting into wine in the 1990s Australia was new and vibrant. The ‘sunshine in a glass’ mantra, coupled with labels in English, often with...

Read More