Italy's overflowing cellars – COVID or chronic?

3 weeks ago
With the pandemic having blocked the global market and shut down the hospitality industry for almost two months, Italy's wines risk remaining unsold. See here for news of a similar situation in France. Last April, Assoenologi, the Italian association of oenologists, rang the alarm bell, warning that the COVID-19 pandemic was causing a crisis in
Walter Speller

A Moulin-à-Vent triptych

3 weeks ago
Serious beaujolais is one of the best-value wines around. But how do the recent vintages that are currently drinking so well compare? Here's how one of the most ambitious producers sees them. Triptych was the word chosen by owner Édouard Parinet to describe three vintages of his Ch du Moulin-à-Vent bottling, the emblematic cuvée of the estate
Julia Harding MW

Wine country reopens, cautiously

3 weeks 1 day ago
Alder takes his life in his hands to file this report on California wine tourism. I should probably come clean at the start. I broke the law to write this story. Here in northern California, shelter-in-place orders are still in effect throughout the state, and the one covering my residence in Alameda county stipulates that I cannot travel
Alder Yarrow

Bordeaux 2019 left bank

3 weeks 1 day ago
23 June 2020 Further additions to this article: Chx Meyney, Pontet-Canet, Grand-Puy Ducasse, Haut-Bages Libéral, Durfort-Vivens, Ferrière and d’Issan (including Blason d’Issan). See this guide to our coverage of Bordeaux 2019. 16 June 2020 New additions to this article: the red and white wines of Pessac-Léognan, the sweet wines of Sauternes and

Meet Bordeaux's eco-warriors

3 weeks 2 days ago
Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Seeing horses and weed-nibbling sheep in Bordeaux’s vineyards is no longer a surprise. Grass and wildflowers grow between rows of vines where once bare soild reigned and, happily, an ever-increasing number of winemakers no longer spray them with pesticides or herbicides. Though some wine lovers still think of the world’s largest fine wine region as […]

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Elin McCoy

Confessions of a hospitality consultant

3 weeks 3 days ago
Nick reflects on the advice he gave on the relative value of shopping and dining, and on the likely future of hospitality. The opportunity of writing a weekly column on what can best be described as a very personal website gives me the opportunity to be very personal myself. So I would like to apologise to an awful lot of people. In
Nick Lander

The state of California

3 weeks 3 days ago
Forget three-digit prices and take advantage of the creativity of California's new generation of wine producers. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also New-wave California A–J and New-wave California K–W. Sam Aslanian's picture is of David and Katharine DeSante in Napa Valley. I’m increasingly concerned about the
Jancis Robinson

Napa Valley Crossword

3 weeks 3 days ago

Napa Valley Crossword Try our new wine crosswords and increase your Napa Valley knowledge at the same time. You might even find some of the answers on! This week’s crossword is all things Napa Valley.  Instructions: Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue Click twice on a cell to […]

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Tina Gellie

Bordeaux 2019: En primeur

3 weeks 4 days ago

The Bordeaux 2019 en primeur campaign has been an unusual one. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent international lockdowns meant that the traditional primeurs week did not take place – normally when journalists and wine experts head to the region and assess the new vintage. Decanter’s Jane Anson, based in Bordeaux, has tasted the 2019 samples […]

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Ellie Douglas

La Roncière, Idahue Estate Malbec 2017 Licantén

3 weeks 4 days ago
A great-value Chilean Malbec from the pioneers of a new cool coastal region. From £13.95, $19.99, CA$29.95 Find this wine ‘For a long time (and maybe even now) we were considered crazy people, investing in a 200-ha [500-acre] piece of land near the coast to plant only red grapes … and in an area where only forest and legumes were produced’
Julia Harding MW

Jeroboams dozen

3 weeks 4 days ago
See this guide to our survey of dozens selected by independent UK wine merchants. Jeroboams with its eight shops in smarter districts of London traces its beginnings back to 1934 when the eccentric Tommy Layton opened a wine bar opposite the British Museum. T A Layton evolved into a rather smart wine merchant in Duke Street, Mayfair, where
Jancis Robinson