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Rhône 2018 – northern reds

14 hours 7 min ago
Tasting notes for northern Rhône reds from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. The best-performing category in the Rhône's 2018 vintage is northern reds. For any fan of Syrah, there is a huge range of excellent

Rhône 2018 – a guide to our coverage

14 hours 7 min ago
An overview of our coverage of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône. Château Rayas had particular cause to obscure its famously hidden sign (pictured) this year because it isn't releasing any wines from the vintage. To find out why, alongside the story of the vintage in the rest of the region, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. As far as tasting

Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône

14 hours 7 min ago
The inside story of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône valley. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. If there’s one word that sums up the 2018 vintage in the Rhône, it’s ‘unsummupable’. Rhône wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintage were almost universally admired, and the only thing required was to nit-pick between

Chocolate, not just for port

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 09:46
Artisan chocolate is trendy, but is it wine-worthy? I’m not a chocolate lover. I’m not even much of a chocolate eater. So it may have been contrary for me to have agreed to test some chocolate samples. But the cynic in me was provoked by their PR’s email to Jancis, which began, ‘I wanted to get in touch with expert insight from Original Beans, the

Brunello 2015, Barolo 2016 and Barbaresco 2017 previewed

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 09:46
Some welcome Italian gems here, and a foretaste of the many more 2016 Barolos that Walter has just been tasting with enormous pleasure. His report will follow. For the past two years we have reported on Vinexus Anteprima, a preview of Italian vintages organised by Nicolas Belfrage MW’s import company Vinexus. (See Jancis's 2018 and 2017 reports.)

Valtellina report 2019 – part 1

Mon, 18/11/2019 - 09:45
Walter calls this 'a concise history of more than 2,000 years of wine production' in this spectacular alpine setting. It is complemented by his tasting notes on 62 current examples. A number of them will be shown at our first Valtellina Night, to be held in London on Sunday 1 December. I once asked the éminence grise of Italian wine in the UK,

Flames, fermentation, fear and recovery in Sonoma

Mon, 18/11/2019 - 09:45
Reports from the front line of northern California winemakers v fire and those in charge of fighting it. On 23 October, the Kincade Fire exploded to life on the hillsides above Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County, and quickly prompted the evacuation of that small town. Four days later, it had grown to 26,000 acres (10,500 ha) and was

Chinese adventures in Australian wine

Sat, 16/11/2019 - 02:00
Direct Asian involvement in Australian wine production has been growing rapidly. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also All change in the Yarra. Helen & Joey Estate winery in the Yarra Valley outside Melbourne could hardly sound more Australian, but in fact Helen and Joey are the adopted English names of a Chinese

Finding Kāwi

Sat, 16/11/2019 - 02:00
There have probably never been more business opportunities available to successful New York restaurateurs than there are today. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Everybody appears to be chasing the titans of the Manhattan restaurant business. There are landlords with previously thriving retail property trying to do a

Maturana, Naranjo Torontel 2018 Maule

Fri, 15/11/2019 - 09:45
An exciting and well-priced introduction to orange wines. From 12,990 Chilean pesos, CA$24.95, £14.95, $22 Find this wine Some orange wines, those white wines that are darker than is usual for a white wine and more tannic because they have been fermented on the skins, can lose the character of the grape variety or be overly astringent. Some of

Majestic – old regime's last legs?

Fri, 15/11/2019 - 09:45
Andy Howard MW reviews the range from an important UK wine retailer undergoing tumultuous change. See also last week's report on Aldi v Lidl. On 2 August 2019 (much to the relief of large parts of the UK wine industry) it was announced that Majestic Wine, Britain’s biggest specialist wine retail chain, had been sold. The purchaser is CF Bacchus

All change in the Yarra

Thu, 14/11/2019 - 09:45
16 November 2019 Almost 30 new tasting notes that were inadvertently omitted when this article was originally published two days ago have just been added to this tasting article. See also Chinese adventures in Australia. 14 November 2019 Australia is in thrall to Pinot Noir, and the Yarra Valley is cashing in – but for how long?  The Yarra Valley

The vinification of Ningxia

Thu, 14/11/2019 - 09:38
14 November 2019 In our Throwback Thursday series of articles retrieved from the archive, we are republishing this 2012 article as providing some background to Louise Hurren's article yesterday on how the many high-profile women winemakers of this important Chinese wine province are faring today.13 September 2012 See also China's most promising

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