An Irish restaurant in Chelsea

1 week 6 days ago
A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. It was 3.30 in the afternoon and I was just about to leave Myrtle restaurant, just off the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea, having interviewed its chef/proprietor Anna Haugh, when I witnessed an example of true Irish hospitality in action. A couple approached and asked whether her
Nick Lander

England's steep learning curve

1 week 6 days ago
A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. All over southern England, and even as far north as Yorkshire, the 2020 grape harvest is under way, rather earlier than usual with notably small bunches of good-quality grapes being the most common report. The UK is a bona fide wine producer nowadays with sales of 5.5 million bottles
Jancis Robinson

Le Strette Langhe, Nas-cëtta del comune di Novello

2 weeks ago
A stunning monument to a grape whose wines were once regarded as white Barolo. From €15, £16.50, $32.90. Find this wine Five years ago I reported here on a modest event held in the magnificent Castello di Grinzane in the village of the same name in Barolo, in which a private producers' association, Indigenous Langa, launched its foundation
Walter Speller

The Wine Society autumn/winter 2020

2 weeks 1 day ago
Many a wine of serious interest to buyers, wherever they are in the world. As usual with offerings from The Wine Society, there are many, many bargains here. Search for GV and VGV. These notes were taken at a carefully socially distanced tasting put on for wine commentators at 67 Pall Mall, just like The Bunch tasting I described on Tuesday this
Jancis Robinson

Santorini – pure escapism

2 weeks 1 day ago
15 October 2020 We revive our tradition of republishing articles free on Thursdays with this welcome distraction. Brits, note that since this article was originally published, the Greek island of Santorini has come off the UK quarantine list. 28 September 2020 We continue our series of pictorial wine-travel articles, aimed at providing a little

Australian 'rockstar' winemaker Taras Ochota dies

2 weeks 2 days ago
Taras Ochota, at home in Adelaide Hills.

Hamish Laurie, president of Australia’s Adelaide Hills Wine Region trade body, was among those leading tributes to Ochota Barrels cofounder Taras Ochota following news of his death this week. ‘One of the most colourful and well-loved wine personalities has gone well before his time,’ said Laurie in a tribute posted on Instagram. ‘Taras brought a […]

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Chris Mercer

Glory in Givry: Domaine du Cellier Aux Moines

2 weeks 2 days ago

As in its more famous neighbouring region, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme and, with rare exceptions, are the mandated grapes for the wines. Major appellations in the Côte Chalonnaise, moving from north to south, include Rully and Mercurey, which produce both red and white wine, Givry, which produces mostly (80%) red wine, and Montagny, […]

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Michael Apstein

Taras Ochota remembered

2 weeks 2 days ago
The Australian wine community is reeling from the loss of one of its most dynamic – still youthful – practitioners. My inbox yesterday was swollen by messages from distraught wine lovers reporting that the long-term illness suffered by Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels in Adelaide Hills had claimed him, leaving his wife and wine partner Amber and
Jancis Robinson

Bordeaux 2020 weather and harvest report

2 weeks 2 days ago
Gavin Quinney is kind and energetic enough to share more stats and charts than ever. Another harvest safely landed and, like the timing of the crop, my weather report on the Bordeaux vintage arrives a fortnight earlier than usual. 2020 has ended up being a really good but variable year with wines of outstanding potential for many Bordeaux