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The Wine Society autumn/winter 2020

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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

Humility and humidity

3 months 1 week ago
Richard confesses to 'everything I got wrong about wine in Asia'. There are at least seven different Godellos currently on sale in Singapore according to Wine-Searcher – including this no-added-sulphur, skin-fermented orange wine. I mention this because before I moved to Singapore in July 2019, I haughtily told people that I wanted to widen the
Richard Hemming MW

The Bunch 2020

3 months 2 weeks ago
Some good and very good buys here – wines that should be available internationally. Regular readers will be familiar with The Bunch group of independent UK wine merchants. You can read the story of their genesis here, although note that the membership has evolved over the years and there are now seven companies represented. Every year they hold
Jancis Robinson

Are wine writers redundant?

3 months 2 weeks ago
Today's guest contributor is a machine. Read on … Image by Brett Jordan for Unsplash. Professor Yoav Shoham is Stanford professor emeritus of computer science and specialises in artificial intelligence. He is also a serious wine lover who sent the story below, prefaced by this message: 'I saw your call for wine stories, and wanted to share

Lulu Peyraud, 1917–2020

3 months 2 weeks ago
Assorted memories of an extraordinary woman who enriched the life of food and wine lovers around the world. Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, who died on 7 October at the age of 102, was an icon of Provençal food and wine lore, beloved by all who met her but arguably much better known in the US than in France – although Michel Troisgros

Michael's 2019 GGs – Pfalz, Württemberg and Franken

3 months 2 weeks ago
The last of Michael's three collections of tasting notes on (mostly) 2019 Grosse Gewächse. See his notes on GGs from Mosel and Nahe and Rheingau and Rheinhessen. These complement Jancis's tasting notes on 2019 GGs. See also this guide to our coverage of Germany's 2020 releases. Image © Peter Bender for the VDP. These 49 Grosse Gewächse, plus
Michael Schmidt

Wine Legend: Bruno Giacosa, Asili Barbaresco Riserva 2004

3 months 2 weeks ago

Wine Legend: Bruno Giacosa, Asili Barbaresco Riserva 2004, Piedmont, Italy Bottles produced 14,040 Composition 100% Nebbiolo Yield 40hl/ha Alcohol 14.5% Release price $210 Price today £570 A legend because… Born in 1929, Bruno Giacosa began working with his winemaker father Mario – his grandfather Carlo had also produced and bottled wines in their home town […]

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Stephen Brook

Gérard Bertrand: Behind the Languedoc labels plus 10 wines tasted

3 months 2 weeks ago

Although officially joining the family business in 1987, putting Gérard Bertrand in his 34th vintage today, his story began taking part in his first vintage in 1975 with his father Georges. ‘My father was a pioneer,’ Gérard said, ‘he was one of the first to believe the potential of the region and to try and […]

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Georgina Hindle