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Italian new releases, part 2 – Lombardia, Alto Adige and Trentino

2 months 2 weeks ago
See part 1 of this series on Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte. Castello di Cigognola and vineyards are pictured above. More to come. Lombardia is best known for its alpine Nebbiolos from Valtellina and the traditional-method sparkling wines from Franciacorta. The Oltrepò Pavese DOC is probably less well known. This large wine region south of the town
Walter Speller

South Australia 2021 – near perfect

2 months 2 weeks ago
Brian Croser reports on the 2021 vintage, which he describes as ‘perfection in a sea of uncertainty’. In South Australia we have just completed one of the very best vintages of my 51-vintage career. Against a background of global social tumult, roiling sickness and death in India and other developing nations, lockdowns anywhere and anytime

Walls: Top-quality and great-value Côte-Rôtie alternatives

2 months 2 weeks ago
Steep slopes and terraced vineyards in Côte-Rôtie

When a grape variety is given time to ripen slowly and gradually, it develops its aromas one by one. The grape has time to listen to those aromas, to remember them all, layering them like tints in a watercolour. When there is no race for ripeness, a grape can meander through non-fruit aromas, the subtle […]

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Matt Walls

The magician of Montlouis

2 months 3 weeks ago
A tribute to Jacky Blot, champion of Chenin Blanc and Bourgeuil in the Loire. Above he is seen with his son Jean-Philippe, who runs the two domaines alongside Jacky. Back in the early 1990s I spent a few days in the Loire and was advised to visit a real innovator there, the splendidly moustachioed Jacky Blot of Montlouis, an appellation that for
Jancis Robinson

A tale of two buckets

2 months 3 weeks ago
… in which vineyard yeasts may perhaps prove to be able to beautify Ugni Blanc. Kirsten Creasy (pictured above at her Terre des 2 Sources property in Pic St-Loup) ran our faults workshops back in 2018, which, coincidentally, popped up recently in a discussion about TCA sensitivity on the forum, but she is also a relentlessly curious scientist –
Tamlyn Currin

Restaurateurs' saviours

2 months 3 weeks ago
Some unlikely heroes have emerged in the pandemic. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Daniel Krieger took this picture of New York restaurateur Danny Meyer. Over the past year, with their chefs and sommeliers sidelined, restaurateurs have had to come up with creative ways to stay in business. Up to a third of all UK
Nick Lander

All change in Bordeaux

2 months 3 weeks ago
Tasting the 2020s was a real joy – not least because so many producers are defying hot, dry years with delightfully fresh, expressive, 'new old' wines. See our guide to coverage of 2020 bordeaux. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Owners of the crus classés, members of UGCB, above. We’re now in the thick of the
Jancis Robinson

For International Sauvignon Blanc Day

2 months 3 weeks ago
We celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day today. See also today's wine of the week, a most unusual Sauvignon. It's a thing, and it even has its own website: Sauvblancday.com. No need for me to even suggest food pairings – the recipes are all there. (Although, looking a little more closely at the recipes page, I think they could make a bit
Tamlyn Currin