Life and Style

Burgundy is on a roll, bordeaux a roller-coaster. In 2013, bordeaux failed to deliver a good enough vintage to make it worth buying early.

Bordeaux prolongs active life

DRINKERS KEEN to ensure they will be enjoying their favourite Chateaux into old age should select wines made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, a heart expert advises today.

Bubble bursts for vintage claret

THE SPECULATIVE bubble in prices of the finest young Bordeaux wines - which have doubled and trebled in recent years - appears to have burst.

Wine: End-of-year report

Anthony Rose Burgundy can be hampered by comparison with Bordeaux, but the 1997 vintage looks set to outperform the old enemy

Cover story: Hunt for the Unicorn

For 18 years suspected killer Ira `The Unicorn' Einhorn has been on the run in Europe. David Usborne meets the woman whose efforts on behalf of her murdered sister could finally take the charismatic Seventies hippie leader back to the United States and justice

Bordeaux in crisis as buyers lose their bottle

A DEATHLY quiet has fallen on the great wine estates of Bordeaux. The silence goes beyond the silence of the sleeping vines.

Richard Ehrlich's Beverage Report: Real-world drinking

Your own dining-room can be just as instructive about wonderful wines as the tasting-room

Food and drink: A lot of bottle

Chile Con Cabernet, Bad-Tempered Cyril, Lost Pampas Chardonnay ... some producers and retailers will do anything to make you pick up their wine

Words: chug-a-lug, v.

THE TILL never lies. There are bad times just around the corner. This was the thrust of a recent piece in The New York Times by Charles Morris, who laments the city's dependence upon the volatile products of Wall Street. When the markets boom, youthful bankers in handmade shirts and English shoes chug-a-lug Chateau-Margaux, governments go on binges of borrowing and building . . ."

Wine: Is Merlot set to be the Chardonnay of reds? Anthony Rose investigates

The late James Rogers, one of this generation's best wine tasters, used to think our enjoyment of wine would have been considerably enhanced if the New World had adopted Bordeaux's Merlot grape instead of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a typically heretical notion. Despite its numerical superiority as Bordeaux's most widely planted grape variety, Merlot has until recently always come second to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Worldwide: 48 hours in ... Bordeaux

It may be the viticultural capital of the world, but Cathy Packe suggests you don't ask for a glass of Bordeaux in a city which has much to offer the visitor

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT; A taste of wealth

When a cellar from one of the world's great restaurants goes to Sotheby's, expectations are high - as are prices

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: French tears

Children and the French vineyards really don't mix - especially when it's hot

HOW WE MET: JULIAN BARNES AND JANCIS ROBINSON

Award-winning novelist Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in 1946, and educated at the City of London School and Oxford University. He has published many collections of short stories and novels, including 'Flaubert's Parrot' and 'Cross Channel'. He lives in north London with his wife, literary agent Pat Kavanagh. Jancis Robinson, 48, is a wine writer and broadcaster with an international reputation. She is editor of the 'Oxford Companion to Wine', but is perhaps best known as a TV presenter, having made her debut in Channel 4's 'The Wine Programme' and going on to film two series of 'Vintner's Tales' for the BBC. She lives in north London with her husband Nick Lander and their children

Wine: Get fresh

The success of New World wines has encouraged a taste for fruitier, younger styles. Now even the French are taking note

THE MAILMAN COMETH

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: Fine wines are only a phone call away - even if you live in the Hebrides
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?