Italian wine investment: Tuscany and Piedmont

15 hours 45 minutes ago

Considering it has one of the oldest viticultural heritages in the world, and vies for top position with France every year as the leading producer of wine by volume, interest in wine investment is a surprisingly recent phenomenon. One reason for this is that – unlike the established secondary markets for fine Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne […]

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James Button

Top Cavas – a tasting

16 hours 25 minutes ago
See Cava becomes geographically specific. Here’s a tasting that augurs well for Spain’s troubled but most famous sparkling wine. Above, Mestres’ doorway. To celebrate the new beginning of a new era for Cava I asked the wine journalist, sommelier and sommelier professor Ramon Francàs to select some of the most representative Cavas. He has more
Ferran Centelles

A quest for conservation viticulture – part 1

16 hours 25 minutes ago
Inspired by a book calling for a soil-based agricultural revolution, Samantha Cole-Johnson went to visit exponents in Napa Valley and Mendocino. Next week – Sonoma. In July 2020, I finished David Montgomery’s Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life (W W Norton, 2018) and, like many who have read an incredibly well-written and

German 2020 releases – Baden Landweine

1 day 16 hours ago
Schloss Schmidt in the Ahr Valley has been invaded by another massive consignment of wine samples. See this guide to our comprehensive coverage of Germany's 2020 releases. Above, Dirk Brenneisen's vines in Baden's Markgräflerland. In July 2018 I reported on a new movement of rebel growers in Baden who, to have more freedom in their winegrowing
Michael Schmidt

From Russia with wine

1 day 16 hours ago
With Russia very much in the news, Moscow-based Tatiana Zhemaytis, who recently passed the WSET Level 3 in Wines, reports on the progress of wine there. She also includes some Moscow restaurant recommendations. The great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin wrote: Of Veuve Clicquot or Moët Some blessed and fine dry white wine In icy bottle for

Cornwall – a sea change

2 days 16 hours ago
More escapism (see Travel by bottle) and a survey of what those attending the G7 summit in June may sample. Jonathan Reeve, who took the picture of Padstow harbour above, surveys Cornish food and drink and asked a few interested parties to sum them up in a phrase. ‘Pasties with clotted cream and local cider’ was Cornwall resident, writer and