Humility and humidity

2 weeks 2 days 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

2 weeks 3 days 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?

2 weeks 3 days 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

2 weeks 4 days 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

2 weeks 4 days 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

2 weeks 5 days 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

2 weeks 6 days 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

Best spiced rums

2 weeks 6 days ago
Spiced Rums Bottles

Rum is one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. Originally the idea of adding spices to it was a highly practical attempt to mask the imperfections in early distilling practices – as with botanicals in gin.   As distilling techniques improved and drinking habits changed, spiced rum settled into a small niche, dominated […]

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Julie Sheppard

A Beaune surprise

2 weeks 6 days ago
Nick reports from last week in Burgundy. I volunteered for the task, but then who wouldn’t? The task itself was straightforward. I would drive HRH Jancis around her tastings in Burgundy for the week and in return I would be recompensed with meals in restaurants. Not a bad deal, in anybody’s books, particularly as the week in question was to
Nick Lander

Why you should buy South African

2 weeks 6 days ago
A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also South African sizzle for tasting notes and this guide to our recent coverage of South African wine. Thelema's winery is pictured above against the slopes of the Simonsberg. Even before COVID-19, the South African economy was in trouble. Now, with unemployment at about 34%
Jancis Robinson

Producer profile: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe plus 15 wines tasted

3 weeks ago

With his short, grey, curly hair and deep crow’s feet, Daniel Brunier has a patrician, Roman air as he stalks the winery. Cellar staff hush and busy themselves as he passes. Along with his brother Frédéric, he has built an empire that stretches from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to Gigondas, all the way to Lebanon. Daniel has just […]

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Matt Walls

Sangiovese crossword

3 weeks ago

Find yourself a glass of red and test your knowledge on this grape with our Sangiovese crossword…  Crossword Puzzle Maker Instructions: Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue Click twice on a cell to toggle between across and down The active cell is highlighted in blue Start typing in the […]

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James Button

Property: Stunning wine lifestyle estates for sale

3 weeks ago
A view from the pool at one of the estates in Stellenbosch wine country.

Estate with two wine cellars in Stellenbosch, at $2.3m (38.98m Rand) This seven-hectare (17 acres) estate is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and offers some pretty impressive views from its hillside position in the Devon Valley area, according to the listing by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty. Alongside taking in the views at the […]

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Chris Mercer