Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why are serious wine journalism and "natural" wines so incompatible?

My piece on the RAW Wine Fair has aroused a lot of interest and some good, thoughtful responses. Some of those responses have also illustrated the gulf that lies between what I think of as “journalism” – an attempt to cover the facts of a story – and the way of thinking of some “natural” […]

Double-Faults: How the RAW Wine Fair took me back in time.

It’s not often that you get the chance to travel backwards or forward in time, so I’m still in a state of some shock at the 30-year leap into the past that I took on the first of the two days of the third RAW wine fair, London’s annual gathering of “natural”, low- and non-sulphored […]

What’s that got to do with the price of eggs?

A piece that first appeared on . Once upon a time, in the little village of Arse-Ende-of-Knowhere, in the county of Generallydullbutlovelyinpartshire, there was an elderly farmer called McDonald whose hens laid unusually tasty eggs. These eggs were so good, in fact, that local well-informed chefs and gourmets sought them out. No-one could say […]

10 Times Table – and why Wigan Athletic is like an M&S suit and a £10 Aussie Cabernet

Wigan Athletic’s players who beat Manchester City yesterday to win this year’s FA Cup, are apparently “worth” a total of £36m in the transfer market. The “value” of the defeated team is  £380m. How Wigan’s squad comes to be worth £36m And the breakdown of Man City’s £380m team. You could buy ten of these […]

Personal Values

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray A good Guardian piece reveals that a house has just gone on sale in London for £250m. Another British house can be bought for £1. (Yes, you didn’t misread either of those figures). Image from Yahoo Cars […]

The emperor’s new clothes revisited…

TRAGIC DEATH OF CHILD AT EMPEROR’S PROCESSION Her Imperial Highness at the Mayday Procession An eight-year-old boy called Otto Schulz died yesterday at the Mayday Parade. Precise details of how the tragedy occurred have yet to emerge but initial reports suggest that Schulz, who was watching the parade with his parents, was heard to make […]