Burgundy 2019 – Parcellaires de Saulx

3 weeks 1 day ago
A review of the 2019s of an ambitious new négociant de luxe and the wine from the mother ship Dom de la Commaraine, whose château is pictured above. See also this guide to our extensive coverage of 2019 burgundy. Boston hospitality academic Denise Dupré and ex managing director at Bain Capital Mark Nunnery are major philanthropists with a
Jancis Robinson

Lea & Sandeman's 2019 burgundies

3 weeks 2 days ago
A wide range of 2019s from Chablis to as far south as Mâcon, presented in difficult circumstances. See this guide to our extensive coverage of 2019 burgundy.  Jancis writes You’ve got to feel sorry for Charles Lea of Lea & Sandeman. Every Burgundy Week in January he organises a tasting of one of the biggest selections of wines, generally just
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding MW

Writing under the influence

3 weeks 2 days ago
The background to Max's hugely original new book about Australian grog. See Tam's enthusiastic review of Intoxicating. Connections was a ground-breaking television documentary series in the late 1970s that explored the web of interrelated historical events and technological breakthroughs that – often by chance – helped to create the modern world
Max Allen

Ferrari: Producer profile and new releases tasted

3 weeks 3 days ago
Maso Pianizza vineyard

Among the one million bottles stored in the Ferrari cellar, there is also a collection of old winemaking equipment from the beginning of the twentieth century that includes an equally old, shiny silver dosage machine. It was created under Giulio Ferrari’s direction (almost 100 years before the discovery of ‘jetting’ in Champagne) with the purpose […]

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Aldo Fiordelli

Alentejo: Regional profile plus top wines worth seeking out

3 weeks 4 days ago
Alentejo vineyard

Year in, year out, much like its reliably sunny climate, Alentejo’s red wines shine at Decanter World Wine Awards. Together with the Douro, the southern Portuguese region is the country’s most consistent Gold and Platinum medal winner. In 2020, the results rammed home Alentejo’s super-power – ‘the special one’ excels at both ends of the […]

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Sarah Ahmed

Real progress on ingredient listing for wine

3 weeks 5 days ago
A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. You may not think there is room for anything else on this back label of an Aldi Muscadet but before you know it, there'll be more. It has long seemed strange that, while labels tell us every little detail of what goes into processed food, we are told nothing about what goes into wine
Jancis Robinson

Do we need a Minister for Hospitality?

3 weeks 5 days ago
And are there any suitable candidates? Nick comments on a recent petition and a future debate. A week on Monday, on 11 January at 4.30 pm, the House of Commons is scheduled to debate whether the UK government should acknowledge the overwhelming importance that hospitality plays in the British economy and for the first time ever appoint a
Nick Lander

Book reviews 2020 – Austria and Switzerland

3 weeks 5 days ago
Off to the Alps! Reading these books is probably as close as we virused Brits will be allowed to get to them for some time … (see this news story). See this guide to Tam's reviews of this season's wine books. Swiss Grapes History and origin  José Vouillamoz  Self-published  ISBN 9781729157442  $26.99, £21.82, 26 Swiss francs  The author
Tamlyn Currin

Anniversary wines 2021: The Decanter guide

3 weeks 6 days ago
Dom Pérignon, Oenothèque 1996

As I was approaching my Big 5-0, I visited Argentina, hosted by a famous figure in the world of wine. At dinner one night, my host’s wife told me that her husband’s 70th birthday was just around the corner. I declared that I was also about to reach a major milestone, and she enquired if […]

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Anthony Rose

Raeburn's 2019 burgundies

3 weeks 6 days ago
Jon Wyand took this picture of Alain Hasard of Dom les Champs de l'Abbaye in Aluze. See this guide to our growing coverage of 2019 burgundies. Raeburn may be the most important UK wine merchant you’re not familiar with – unless you read Julia's 2017 tasting article A taste of Raeburn. It was founded in 1984 by Edinburgh-based Zubair Mohamed
Jancis Robinson

Cape faces a sober New Year

3 weeks 6 days ago
No booze, no beaches. South Africa is closed until further notice, reports Malu Lambert. Picture of Table Mountain and Cape Town from Bloubergstrand by Erica Moodie courtesy of WOSA. Never say never. I was adamant there wouldn’t be another blanket ban on alcohol sales in South Africa. The devastating damage to the wine industry the first two