Jim Budd

Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin MW, the award-winning wine columnist and Decanter contributor, is moving to The Times newspaper.

Templar Vintners: two arrests made

A director and another man involved with wine merchant Templar Vintners have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW’s weekly column in Sunday newspaper the Observer will be radically reduced from the end of this month.

Loire: Chaume conflict resolved

The long-running conflict between Chaume and Quarts de Chaume in the Loire’s Layon Valley has been resolved.

Red Sancerre

By changing its dominant grape from Pinot Noir to Sauvignon Blanc the famed Loire AC made its fortune. But the future looks red again, says Jim Budd

Gros Plant in the Loire goes IGP

Loire region Gros Plant du Pays Nantais has opted to become an IGP (Indication Geographique Protegee) rather than trying for appellation status.

Four wine dealers imprisoned for fraud

Four wine dealers who targeted American investors and conned them out of over £1m received sentences of up to four and a half years last week.

Muscadet hit in Loire 08 vintage

Muscadet in the Loire has been hit even harder than expected as growers report the crop is around one third its usual size.

The heat is on

Would you buy a £230 bottle of champagne that's been left under hot lights at 22c? Jim Budd woudln't. He finds leading retailers selling wine at well above the recommended

Loire Muscadet vintage halved by frost

The Muscadet vineyards at the western end of the Loire Valley have had their potential 2008 harvest reduced by half following a severe frost last week.

Investment company Bordeaux Advisory disappears

Wine investment company Bordeaux Advisory has disappeared leaving investors chasing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of wine that had been bought at ten times its real value.

Fraudsters hit French producers

Chateau de Marmorieres in La Clape has become the latest victim of major fraud, with the theft of 18,000 bottles worth €50,000 (£34,000).

New Evans & Tate deal could end saga

The long running Evans & Tate saga looks set to end following the announcement that a legally binding restructuring agreement has been signed.

Uvine: prosecutions to follow?

Uvine directors could face criminal prosecution on nine counts of financial misconduct following a recent administrators’ report to creditors.

On High Alert

After two wine merchants went bust last year, buyers of en primeur in 2007 need to make sure they safeguard their assets, says Jim Budd