Sigalas, Mm Mandilaria Mavrotragano 2017/18 PGI Cyclades

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It’s impossible to stay away from Santorini, it seems … above, a classic image from the island provided by Jonathan Reeve. 2017 from €14.50, $23.94 2018 from €13.60, £20.70, 1,200 New Taiwan dollars Find the 2017 Find the 2018 It’s sheer coincidence that almost exactly a year ago I came back from a trip to Greece smitten with the Sig
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Michael's 2019 GGs – Rheingau and Rheinhessen

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The second of Michael's three collections of tasting notes on Riesling 2019 Grosse Gewächse. See his notes on GGs from the Mosel and Nahe and from Pfalz, Württemberg and Franken. These complement Jancis's tasting notes on 2019 GGs. Image © Peter Bender for the VDP. See also this guide to our coverage of Germany's 2020 releases. The following 54
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Champagne 2020 – a vintage year?

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In the final part of his three-part report on the situation in the Champagne region, Tim Hall of Scala Wine asks those in the know about the likely quality of 2020 wines. See Tuesday's setting the scene and yesterday's beyond the deal. Michel Drappier of Champagne Drappier, in Urville in the southern Côte des Bar, or Aube, certainly believes in

South African sizzle

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Some real gems from South Africa crying out for more attention. See also Why you should buy South African and this guide to our recent coverage of South African wine. Life has been amazingly tough for South African producers since government-imposed restrictions last March. South Africa – the toughest country? by Malu Lambert spells out just how
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The 10 pm death knell?

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Nick calls time on the current curfew on UK hospitality. On 20 June, I wrote: '[The wealthy restaurateur and club owner Richard] Caring’s first mistake is to believe that Boris Johnson’s Cabinet cares about Britain’s hospitality business and fully realises its importance. I do not believe that there are many members of this Cabinet who
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The secrets of Montilla-Moriles

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A history and geography lesson centred on one of Spain's oldest wine regions. It's hot. It's dry. And it deserves more attention. Montilla-Moriles is a historic wine region. Proof of this was given by Pliny the Elder, who, in the first century AD, wrote about the wines of ‘Bætica’. This province of Hispania took its name from the Betis river
Ferran Centelles

Champagne 2020 – beyond the deal

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In the second of this three-part report, Tim Hall of Scala Wine does the math(s), after setting the scene yesterday. A look at the likely quality of 2020 champagnes follows tomorrow. Champagne’s 8,000 kg/ha yield limit for 2020, albeit a big drop, seems simple enough. But the fine print of the byzantine document detailing it needs some digestion

How the world’s largest wine competition was made possible during a pandemic

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For 28 consecutive days in August, 116 expert wine judges, including 37 Masters of Wine and nine Master Sommeliers, took part in Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 judging month to blind taste and evaluate 16,518 wines from 56 countries.

Seated from left: Frederic Marti of 45 Park Lane, Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chair Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Bibendum’s Jamie Avenell

Seemingly against all odds... How judging of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 was held safely and successfully

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