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How to invest in whisky

3 months 2 weeks ago
Whisky investment

Investing in whisky has never been more popular. As more and more people around the world have become interested in owning rare bottles, the simple mechanics of supply and demand have sent prices rocketing. The Apex 1000 index, compiled by broker and consultant Rare Whisky 101, tracks the pricing of 1,000 collectable whiskies; from a […]

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Richard Woodard

Carmen Stevens challenges the status quo

3 months 2 weeks ago
Carmen Stevens, winemaker and owner of the first 100% Black-owned winery, chose to answer questions rather than write an account of her life in South African wine. See this guide to our recent South African coverage. What is your role in the South African wine industry? My aim is to make sure that the wine I produce is of premium quality to

The Navascués genius

3 months 2 weeks ago
A Spanish winemaking dynasty is celebrated by two members of our team. Ferran writes I recently heard from our Tim Jackson MW who said he had tasted Contino wines and met the winemaker of this Rioja estate, Jorge Navascués. He seemed excited and this is hardly surprising because in Spain Navascués is a famous name. When you add the prestige of
Ferran Centelles, Tim Jackson MW

Behind the 14 new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel estates

3 months 2 weeks ago
Château d’Agassac

For a word that’s become associated with the establishment, cru ‘bourgeois’ wines have pretty revolutionary origins. The exact date of arrival is not certain – some say they date back to the 13th century when Bordeaux was a duchy of the English crown. Others to the 15th century, when French laws were relaxed to allow […]

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Jane Anson

The best Morrisons wines to try

3 months 2 weeks ago

With almost 500 stores across the UK Morrisons is a major player in the supermarket sector, and its wine offering never fails to impress. The Decanter team recently tasted a selection from the Morrisons portfolio from its spring and summer wine selection 2020, selecting 8 of the highlights which are well worth seeking out and […]

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Sylvia Wu

WWC20 – Levin, Loire

3 months 2 weeks ago
The next entry for our 2020 summer wine writing competition is from Paul Temperton, who describes himself as 'Economist and neighbour of David and Lynne Levin in Buckinghamshire, UK'. As usual, we will present entries as they were sent to us. See this guide to the entries so far published. For believers in nominative determinism, it will be no

Szekszárd's champions of local grapes

3 months 2 weeks ago
Going crazy about Kadarka and Kékfrankos in southern Hungary … Szekszárd, pronounced, rather memorably, ‘sex-sard’, is one of Hungary’s red-wine regions. This small county, with its 2,153 ha (5,320 acres) of vineyard, lies almost directly south of Budapest on the Transdanubian Hills, around 70 km (43 miles) from both the Serbian and Croatian
Tamlyn Currin

The rise of US urban wineries

3 months 2 weeks ago
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery in Austin, Texas

The room hums with motorcycle memorabilia, vintage records, an oil-can guitar, and neon. Depeche Mode’s World in my Eyes pours from speakers. Jacey, a sales associate, decants into her giant Erlenmeyer flask a non-vintage red named I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night. She calls it an eight-grape, kitchen-sink blend. I catch hints of […]

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Jason Tesauro

A guide to sustainability heroes

3 months 2 weeks ago
Here are links to the entries in this year's writing competition that have so far been published. Most recently published at the top. The competition – deadline 15 August, with a prize worth £380 – is designed to encourage articles about the producers who are making wine in such a way that leaves the smallest possible footprint on the planet and

German 2020 releases – Mosel and Nahe

3 months 2 weeks ago
See this guide to our considerable, and growing, coverage of the exceptional 2019 vintage and other current releases of German wine. In this instalment, devoted to two of many German-wine lovers' favourite regions, Michael Schmidt presents nearly 170 tasting notes. They should be read in conjunction with many more in two articles on wines offered
Michael Schmidt

WWC20 – Southbrook, Ontario

3 months 2 weeks ago
Jacky Blisson is a Canadian wine writer and educator in the final phase of study for the coveted Master of Wine title. Upon completing an international wine commerce Master’s degree in Beaune, France, Jacky worked harvest seasons in Burgundy and the Walker Bay, South Africa. During her 11-year sojourn in France, Jacky was employed as UK and North