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Pergola – an agronomist's view

7 hours 50 minutes ago
Agronomist Maurizio Gily, pictured above by Andreas Maerz, is a specialist in viticulture and oenology as well as editor and publisher of scientific articles on these topics, which he publishes on his website www.gily.it. Currently Gily consults for several estates and producers in Piemonte where he lives, as well as in other wine regions in Italy

Flint/Stannary – just in time

7 hours 50 minutes ago
One of the last portfolio tastings seen in London before the big lockdown. Today at 3 pm Flint are hosting a Zoom panel discussion entitled The Future of the UK Hospitality Industry after Lockdown. Flint Wines was founded by Jason Haynes, who cut his teeth at the historic fine-wine importer OW Loeb. But he left to set up Flint with Sam Clarke
Jancis Robinson

Hospo pairings – off the beaten track

1 day 7 hours ago
A round-up of the unusual in this latest instalment of wine and food matches proposed by our hospitality professionals. See more in this guide. There is real beauty in classic pairings, in the way that skiing down a perfect powder run has power, grace and elegance that off-piste skiing quite often lacks. But off-piste pairing can make your heart
Tamlyn Currin

Debunking the pergola myth

1 day 7 hours ago
One of Italy's most distinctive, ancient and aesthetically pleasing training forms is unjustly burdened with a reputation for producing dilute, poor-quality wines, but history shows it is actually one of the earliest efforts to establish good-quality mono-viticulture. See also Postmodern Italy – in search of genuine wine and Pergola – an agronomist
Walter Speller

Reducing alcohol naturally

2 days 7 hours ago
Arnica Rowan examines ways of producing lighter wines when global warming suggests otherwise. Across the planet, consumer preferences are swinging to less concentrated, lower-alcohol beverages. Meanwhile, the global wine industry is facing increasing temperatures, resulting in grapes with higher sugar content at phenolic ripeness, and producing

Putting Napa's 2018s in context

2 days 7 hours ago
Napa Valley has something rather exciting waiting in the wings... In February Napa Valley Vintners hosted their annual Premiere event showcasing wines that were mainly from the 2018 vintage. Each year buyers and media travel from around the world to visit Napa Valley for a week’s worth of tastings leading up to the Saturday morning tasting of
Elaine Chukan Brown

Unlocking the lockdown in Italy

3 days 7 hours ago
Walter reports from the European country furthest along the path to relaxing a really stringent lockdown, and is far from relaxed. After more than 52 days of one of the most severe lockdowns in the whole of Europe, Italy began to reboot life and its economy on 3 May. For this whole period we were not allowed to go out of the house (or flat, in
Walter Speller

Do restaurants have a future?

4 days 15 hours ago
A few suggestions from an ex-restaurateur and the father of a restaurateur. Social distancing in action in Germany above. Since 2012 when I published my first book The Art of the Restaurateur (Phaidon) I have given numerous talks about this book and my former profession. These have usually been accompanied by 10 slides, highlighting 10
Nick Lander

Snowy Mountain magic

4 days 15 hours ago
One of the more interesting wine regions you have never heard of? See also Tumbarumba tasted. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. It all started with the recent terrible bushfires in Australia. The worst-affected wine regions were the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast and the delightfully
Jancis Robinson