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Xinomavro: 10 award-winning Greek wines to try

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Over the past ten years Xinomavro has become one of Greece’s most popular red grape varieties. Planted in northern and central Greece, the variety can be found in four of Greece’s Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) including Naoussa, Amynteo, Goumenissa, and Rapsani. In the vineyard the grape is inconsistent and requires careful management, and in […]

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Olivia Mason

Zachys to auction entire barrel of rare Burgundy in November sale

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Three magnums of Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet, Montrachet 2017 at an estimate of £3,600- £5,500 ($4,769- $7,286) each.

Zachys has announced details of its second London sale this year, following a debut in September after decades of auctions in New York and Hong Kong. It also represents the auction house’s first multi-vendor sale in Europe. Named ‘London II’, it has a total estimated value of £2m and will take place on Saturday 14 […]

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Georgina Hindle

Anson: How to blind taste Bordeaux wines

1 day 4 hours ago

Entrants from 20 countries recently tested their ability to blind taste in the finals of the World Wine Tasting Challenge 2020, held at Bordeaux’s Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The French team just beat the Chinese group in the final, with Sweden and Finland tied for third. It’s eight years since the first tournament was held at […]

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Jane Anson

Celebrity spirits: which are best?

2 days 3 hours ago
Ryan Reynolds Aviation Gin

The relationship between famous people and alcohol used to be simple enough. They drank it in copious quantities, got into fights, broke things (TV sets, hotel windows) and ended up in the gossip columns. But we’ve moved on from the hell-raising days of Richard Burton and Oliver Reed, and celebrity booze today is big business […]

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Richard Woodard

Wynns’ John Riddoch: an Australian Cabernet icon

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Wynns chief winemaker Sue Hodder with the John Riddoch line up

Acceptance of 2016 John Riddoch by La Place de Bordeaux in September – the first Australian wine distributed by this influential vinous marketplace – will see this Cabernet Sauvignon, beloved in Australia, now reach a prestigious network of international fine wine buyers and collectors in more than 100 countries. Fans will also be able to […]

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David Sly

Napa 2020 'not lost' despite smoke taint concerns

2 days 19 hours ago
Smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa Valley on 27 September 2020.

Smoke taint concerns and damage from recent wildfires mean fewer Napa Valley 2020 wines are set to be made overall, although the exact amount remains unknown. Trade body Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) said that 80% of its members were still ‘moving forward’ with the vintage. ‘The 2020 vintage, while challenging, is not lost,’ said Linda […]

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Chris Mercer

Domaine Michel Lafarge: Tasting three decades of Clos des Chênes

3 days 3 hours ago

In November of most years, Richard Orders, a wine collector based in Hong Kong, generously opens up Burgundy bottles from his extensive collection to share with a select group of like-minded individuals. Scroll down to see Robin Kick MW’s Domaine Michel Lafarge tasting notes and scores Verticals of one or two vineyards are highlighted from […]

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Robin Kick MW

US start-up makes aged spirits in 'days not years'

3 days 4 hours ago
Ageing is a legal requirement for some whiskies, including Scotch.

US-based Bespoken Spirits said its new ‘sustainable maturation process’ could save the spirits industry $20bn by replacing the ‘wasteful’ barrel-ageing process; a reference to the ‘angels’ share’ lost via evaporation during maturation. It said the patent-pending technology can enhance a spirit’s aroma, colour and taste, ‘enabling almost limitless recipes within days, not years’. The US […]

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Chris Mercer

Discover award-winning English wines at Grape Britannia

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Awarded a record number of medals at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, discover some of the UK's top-scoring wines with award-winning retailer Grape Britannia.

Now until 20 December 2020, while stock lasts, Grape Britannia is offering Decanter readers 10% off their DWWA 2020 mixed case online with the code DWWA2020 at checkout, including Best in Show medal winner Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvee Brut 2014. Scroll down to see all the award-winning English wines included in this promotion Proud to stock […]

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Olivia Mason

New Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation granted - Nyons

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The new appellation of Côtes du Rhône Villages Nyons was officially granted by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) on 15th October 2020, bringing the total number of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages with a geographical name to 22. The growing area is spread over four communes in the Southern Rhône: Nyons, Mirabel-aux-Baronnies, Piégon and Venterol. The new […]

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Matt Walls

The New Zealand wine crossword

1 week ago

Pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and settle down to tackle this week’s New Zealand wine crossword… Crossword Puzzle Maker Instructions: Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue Click twice on a cell to toggle between across and down The active cell is highlighted in blue Start typing in the […]

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