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Here you can find all my articles published in the Financial Times every Saturday, the bi-monthly articles I syndicate to every continent, together with all the other news and views I think deserve to be read by as many wine lovers as possible.

29 July 2014 - Very many thanks to everyone who has contacted us so far to nominate their favourite wine merchant(s). Do please read the rules below. This is a writing competition, so we're looking for your words about why you like a retailer, not just a name. And we'd love you to include an. More...
This article has also been syndicated. China was for long seen by wine exporters as El Dorado - a mysterious place that promised golden rewards if one could but crack the code. But that is now definitively unravelling amid signs that it is all very much more complicated and less. More...
Here is the first published entry in our Indie writing competition and it is a model of its kind. David Muhleman has been careful to describe the place, the people, the selection, the prices, and just what makes it special:   If you have been to Barolo/Barbaresco , then I assume. More...
A shorter version of this article was also published in the Financial Times. At this time of year many recent graduates will be wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees. While I cannot point them in the direction of specific vacancies, I can assure them that the world of wine needs. More...
24 July 2014 Many, many congratulations to Julia and Richard for being shortlisted for this year's Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards to be announced in September. Julia is shortlisted as Online Wine Communicator of the Year for her contributions to this site and Richard as. More...
Newton Vineyard is not currently one of Napa Valley's most talked-about wineries. Long gone are the days in the early 1980s when high-profile winemaker Ric Forman was lured from Sterling, then riding the crest of a Coke-financed wave (upper case C), to Newton, where he was succeeded by John. More...
This is a slightly longer version of an article that was also published in the Financial Times. Usually when I send one of these articles to our editor at FT Weekend , I ask explicitly for its subject to be made very clear. This week, I'm hoping to disguise my topic until I have lured FT. More...
17 Jul 2014 - We are going to preface the titles of our Throwback Thursday republications with 'TT' if the time lag is substantial in an attempt to make it clearer that they are not current news! (Last week we had someone worried about our 2007 comments on some South African wines .) We're. More...
This article also appeared in the Financial Times. See my detailed tasting notes in South Africa's exciting new wave . I'm not a great fan of the word 'icon' when attached to wine. It seems to me that wines ought to earn any iconic status from their admirers rather than have it thrust upon. More...
Here in the western Languedoc, much of the talk is about hail, the hail that on Sunday night wiped out some of the many vineyards between Carcassonne and Lézignan-Corbières, especially those between the little Minervois villages of La Redorte and Pépieux, just west of the memorably named. More...
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