Sour Grapes: a vintage con

As Rudy Kurniawan serves out his sentence, Sophie Thorpe reports on the new film documenting his story, Sour Grapes – the spellbinding tale of a connoisseur turned conman. Wine isn’t particularly sexy. Aside from the delicious way it makes you feel, it’s a nerd’s hobby – it’s basically geology, biology and chemistry. And a little […]

The North star

Eric Texier is a leading light in the Northern Rhône, with his traditional (whisper it: natural) winemaking techniques delivering wines which, he believes, are the equal of anything Burgundy’s Grands Crus can offer. One might think that nuclear physics to natural winemaking isn’t a likely career path, but that is exactly the route that Eric […]

Lodi Rules?

As Blog Editor Sophie Thorpe travels to California to collect our “Best Wine Industry Blog” award, she reports back from wine country. I’ve spent the past few days loitering in Lodi, a little corner of the Central Valley that – until now – I knew very little about. Encounters with Californians that led me to […]

The modern apothecary

Sophie Thorpe talks to Ben Branson, the founder of Seedlip, the game-changing non-alcoholic distilled spirit that – at just nine months old – is revolutionising the drinks scene and providing a seriously tasty solution to the problem of what to drink when you’re not drinking. All hail the death of the Shirley Temple, hurrah for […]