After the state of the union

Day two at the London Wine Fair 2016 saw an opportunity to get slurping and spitting. Sophie Thorpe was only too happy to oblige: here she reports on how Pinot Noir is faring beyond Burgundy. The industry briefings of day one felt like an assessment of the UK trade here and now, with a glance […]

A window on the wine world

Sophie Thorpe reports from day one of the London Wine Fair – the UK’s most important trade forum, and a hotbed of views, opinion and exciting new wines. As Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine & Sprits Trade Association (WSTA), so succinctly stated in his industry briefing, “the London Wine Fair matters and it […]

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]

Bottles with table appeal

As iconic British designer Sir Paul Smith turns his hand to our Good Ordinary Claret and Good Ordinary White, we compile a short-list of bottles that hold serious table appeal. From buxom beauties to sinister twins and simple fonts, these labels are sure to turn heads. Everyone knows you should never judge a book by […]