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...

Australian wine’s coming of age

by Andrea Frost
Several months ago, I was tasting wine in a Melbourne restaurant when my thoughts turned to that of our national character. What makes Australian wine Australian? It was hardly surprising...

Message in a bottle

by Andrea Frost
It’s the lucky ones who find a message in the bottle. In his essay On Wine and Hashish, Charles Baudelaire writes of an old unknown author who said: “Nothing equals...

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...

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...

#wishyouwerehere

by Andrea Frost
In the old days, it used to take a bottle of wine and free karaoke for people to let you know who they really are, but these days I find...

I’ll have what Proust had

by Andrea Frost
The other night, I was enjoying a moment of heightened pleasure resulting from that exquisite mix of company, conversation, conviviality and wine. As I did, I noted how the fusion...

The Art of Comparison

by Andrea Frost
‘Stop comparing yourself to others’ is advice we are given early on in life and, depending how well we heed it, quite often later in life. It’s reasonable counsel, particularly...

On Wine and Europe

by Andrea Frost
It is hard to think of wine and not think of Europe and its influence on wine and the people who drink it. So profound is Europe’s impact, it hardly...

She said, he said

by Andrea Frost
I hadn’t expected we’d discuss gender issues during the Burgundy masterclass at the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial in the Hunter Valley, but somewhere between the Volnay and the Chambertin the...

What makes a good wine bar?

by Andrea Frost
In his gentle 1946 essay Moon Under Water, George Orwell describes the merits of his favourite London public house. Qualities important to Orwell include atmosphere, barmaids who know their customers...