Jim Budd

Uvine collapses with £2m debt

The wine exchange Uvine is in the hands of administrators with debts believed to be in the region of £2m.

Is your wine safe?

Following the collapse of Mayfair Cellars amid claims of fraud, collectors are concerned about how their wine is stored. Jim budd looks into what went wrong at Mayfair and asks…

Top Loire wines go into screwcap

One of the best estates in the Loire has sent shockwaves through the wine establishment by moving its entire production to screwcap.

Government U turn infuriates pensions industry

See slso The decanter.com guide to wine and Sipps In his pre-budget statement in the House of Commons yesterday the Chancellor Gordon Brown appears to have slammed the door on…


General questions What exactly is a SIPP? What is A-Day? What is pensions simplification? What will simplification mean for me as an ordinary person? What are some of the main…

The decanter.com guide to wine and Sipps

by Jim Budd Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and his team have taken the pensions industry - and the wine industry - by surprise with a U-turn on pensions…

Anjou Loire

One of the Loire’s most diverse regions, Anjou-Saumur offers wines in a wide range of styles, the greatest being reds from Cabernet Franc and sweet whites from Chenin Blanc. JIM…

£1.8m of Bordeaux disappears

£1.8m worth of 2000 Bordeaux has gone missing leaving the director of a UK fine wine broking company with massive debts.

Self improvement

When asked to list the great whites of the world, few would include Soave, but as JIM BUDD reports, sights here are firmly fixed on raising the quality bar

Full Steen ahead

Chenin Blanc has always been South Africa’s workhorse grape, but now producers are focusing on its quality. JIM BUDD investigates It was my last visit before heading back home. I…