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    1. September 19, 2014

      How vineyard villains play on the vanity of collectors

      A tarantula, sharks, piranhas, a high-powered laser aimed at the groin, several hungry alligators, more sharks and a tall...

    2. September 27, 2013

      Rare treasures

      Nine years ago I interviewed the Englishman at the head of AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the French insurance group....

    1. December 14, 2012

      Robert Parker, the American Bacchus

      When Robert Parker first tasted Château Pavie’s 2003 vintage, you could practically hear his review swirling around the...

    2. December 11, 2012

      Parker to cut role at Wine Advocate

      Robert Parker, the wine industry’s most influential palate for 30 years, is stepping down as editor-in-chief of The Wine...

    3. June 19, 2012

      En primeur: 2011 proves a hard sell

      This year’s en primeur campaign began with a bang, but after that it was pretty much whimpers all the way in what turned out...

    4. March 21, 2012

      Science and engineering research boosted

      Public investment in science and engineering research will increase by £160m through two new initiatives. Universities will...

    5. January 6, 2012

      Will the contrarians triumph in 2012?

      As a new year starts, many in the markets expect 2012 to look much like 2011 with a muddling through amid intense worries...

    6. October 5, 2011

      What will persuade investors to dump cash piles?

      By most models investor sentiment is more negative than at any time over the past 30 years. The key question is what...

    7. FT Alphaville

      September 5, 2011

      Lafite hits the fan

      As markets in general turn a deeper shade of claret… This passed us by: August was also a poor market month for fine wines....

    8. August 5, 2011

      Bruised investors cherish QE3 hopes

      Amid this week’s turmoil, investors seemed to cling to a sliver of hope: QE3. In the rout of the first four days of this...

    9. July 27, 2011

      FT Wealth indices: July 2011

      HAGI Top Index The leading measure of the value of historic cars is picking up pace again despite the lull in frothy...

    10. May 29, 2011

      Key bond yields fall amid global growth fears

      Benchmark government bond yields in the US, UK, Germany and Japan have fallen unexpectedly over the past seven weeks as...

    11. April 29, 2011

      Bordeaux for beginners

      Wine and gold are both integral for royal weddings. Both have also been excellent investments. Since January 1997, booming...

    12. December 7, 2010

      Deleveraging is changing attitudes to sovereign risk

      In every case of the numerous examples of bursting market bubbles in economic history, there has been a subsequent period of...

    13. December 3, 2010

      Sovereign debt: In a monstrous grasp

      Bond “vigilantes” might just have turned into something scarier. In a week when markets gave an unequivocal thumbs down to...

    14. FT Alphaville

      November 30, 2010

      Bond markets fall despite bail-out plan

      Sensible but badly timed. That was the verdict of some in the bond markets to the deal struck by European Union finance...

    15. FT Alphaville

      November 30, 2010

      Eurozone firebreak does not put out the flames

      The €85bn firebreak that European Union leaders attempted to build around Ireland failed its first test in the markets as...

    16. November 29, 2010

      Contagion fears high as Italy drawn into crisis

      Markets gave the thumbs down to Ireland’s €85bn bail-out on Monday as the euro slid and Italy was drawn into the crisis for...

    17. November 29, 2010

      Eurozone firebreak does not put out the flames

      The €85bn firebreak that European Union leaders attempted to build around Ireland failed its first test in the markets as...

    18. November 29, 2010

      Bond markets fall despite bail-out plan

      Sensible but badly timed. That was the verdict of some in the bond markets to the deal struck by European Union finance...

    19. November 29, 2010

      Irish bail-out fails to calm sentiment

      Compare and contrast the market reaction to Greece’s bail-out in May and Ireland’s over the weekend. On May 10, the first...

    20. November 27, 2010

      Bank toasted

      In a week where divisions within the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee over the coalition government’s fiscal...

    21. October 15, 2010

      Hot and bothered

      The heat-wave vintage of 2003 has always been controversial, especially for red bordeaux. In fact, so diametrically opposed...

    22. FT Alphaville

      July 20, 2010

      Pink picks

      Comment, analysis and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, Brad DeLong: It is far too soon to end expansion Greece, Ireland,...

    23. July 19, 2010

      Investor reaction to market stress set to change

      Since late April investors have, according to most surveys, built up major money market positions and, as reflected in the...

    24. July 5, 2010

      Investors fear rising risk of US regional defaults

      Investors are worried that the risk of default for US local governments is growing, amid signs that some regions are facing...

    25. June 18, 2010

      Chateau Lafite: Demand from China fuels spectacular performance

      At the end of last year, the FT reported which investments had been the best performers of the previous decade. To the...

    26. June 18, 2010

      En primeur: Prices may rise as more money chases a better product

      How times change. Only 18 months ago, some commentators were questioning whether the en primeur mechanism was almost in its...

    27. Westminster Blog

      May 31, 2010

      Who are Britain's most highly-paid civil servants?

      The government today (Tuesday) releases a list of the 172 civil servants who earn more than £150,000 a year. Some of it is...

    28. April 10, 2010

      Vigneron Rolet

      London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet and ex-banker wife Nicole are among French vignerons eagerly awaiting tastings for...

    29. October 17, 2009

      A year worth a splurge?

      On the face of it, the 2002 vintage of red bordeaux looks a rather attractive prospect. The wines were never going to be...

    30. September 19, 2009

      Wine, winning and song

      Kermit Lynch is regarded with something approaching awe by American wine lovers. He has spent four decades introducing them...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 2, 2009

      Wine doing fine

      Things are looking up in the world of wine. The industry’s leading benchmark, the Liv-ex 100 Fine Wine Index, rallied 5 per...

    32. June 17, 2009

      Upbeat economic data leave investors unmoved

      Major equity markets came under pressure yesterday and initial gains for commodities eroded as investors cast doubt over...

    33. June 16, 2009

      Overview: upbeat signs fail to cheer investors

      Major equity markets came under pressure on Tuesday and initial gains for commodities eroded as investors cast doubt over...

    34. May 23, 2009

      Wine critic's ratings wake up market

      Robert Parker's controversially high ratings of the 2008 Bordeaux vintage have revived the British wine market, in spite of...

    35. May 23, 2009

      Wine critic’s ratings wake up market

      Robert Parker’s controversially high ratings of the 2008 Bordeaux vintage have revived the British wine market, in spite of...

    36. FT Alphaville

      May 5, 2009

      Vive le vin de Bordeaux

      Since we’re on the subject of the French savoir vivre this morning: 2008 was supposed to have been a dreadful year for...

    37. May 4, 2009

      Wine critic makes Bordeaux's year

      Winemakers have been given an unexpected fillip by Robert Parker, the US critic whose ratings have dominated and dictated...

    38. May 4, 2009

      Ratings prompt fears over wine price increases

      Fear is spreading among the UK's biggest wine sellers after Robert Parker, the American critic whose ratings have dictated...

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