Savoie faire

1 month ago
As background, see A wallow in Wink wines. A version of this article is also published by the Financial Times. Is Savoie the new Jura? This question would seem absolutely loopy if unprotected by the context of this website: wine.  But among the many fashion-conscious wine drinkers, particularly sommeliers, it is a relevant question. These two
Jancis Robinson

Making restaurant customers happy

1 month ago
What needs to change if restaurants are to survive and prosper. While the restaurant industry worldwide faces extraordinary challenges as it looks to reopen, there is at least the opportunity to learn, to improve, to make sure that we, the customers, are put centre stage when restaurants finally emerge. Here are a few suggestions to
Nick Lander

J J Prüm, Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2016 Mosel

1 month ago
From €20, £25.95, 685 Czech koruna, $37.30, HK$3,624 per case of 12, AU$74.99 Find this wine COVID-19 lockdown has of course had myriad effects on our lives, and the wine industry is no exception. The elimination of face-to-face events has been a particularly visible aspect of that. It has wiped out major parts of the calendar, not least the
Tim Jackson MW

Private Cellar dozen

1 month ago
A dozen wines, plus a great-value box of Provençal rosé, from a widely dispersed country wine merchant. See this guide to our survey of dozens selected by independent UK wine merchants. Private Cellar was founded in 2005 by a group of young people who had cut their wine-buying and wine-selling teeth with some of the UK's best-known traditional
Jancis Robinson

A wallow in Wink wines

1 month ago
A selection of current releases from producers in Bugey, Savoie and Jura.  Jancis writes You may remember that Wink Lorch, author and self-publisher of Jura Wines, recently self-published her second book, Wines of the French Alps – Savoie, Bugey and beyond, available here. I went along to her London book launch and tasting and published my
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding MW

Ballo diVino – how Walter fell for wine

1 month ago
4 June 2020 We thought this worth sharing with everyone so have republished it free. 2 June 2020 The first instalment of Walter's tale of his love affair with Italian wine. We're hoping for more. At the beginning of the 1990s, when I was living in Berlin and had just finished my degree in Art History and Media Sciences, an interdisciplinary
Walter Speller

Hospo food and wine matches – a guide

1 month ago
1 June 2020 We have just published details of the 61(!) runners up in our competition and, separately, details of the 10 winners. Click on the links below to find out more. 29 May 2020 This Monday 1 June at 9 am UK time we will be publishing Tam's collection of suggestions from runners up in our competition to find the best food and wine

How do Washington's wines fit in?

1 month ago
Alistair Cooper MW immerses himself in the state's Syrahs and Cabernets for the first time and compares them with their counterparts elsewhere. In the halcyon days preceding the onset of coronavirus mayhem in the UK, I unwittingly attended what was to be my last London tasting for the foreseeable future. A generic tasting of the wines of
Alistair Cooper MW

The wine that is better than God?

1 month ago
Richard takes allegorical aim at Pinot Noir (with apologies to any devout readers). In the church of wine, Pinot Noir is God. We worship it unequivocally, even though we sometimes question why it can be so cruel. It sometimes provides us with flashes of ecstasy, but usually so briefly that we are left longing for more; mere mortals on our
Richard Hemming MW

Fritz Wassmer – fruit, veg and big wines

1 month ago
A big name in Baden, inspired by techniques learnt at the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. If you Google the name Wassmer in combination with the commune of Bad Krozingen-Schlatt in the Markgräflerland district of Baden, you may be surprised by some of the results. To start off with, you will find not just one, but two entries, one for Fritz, the
Michael Schmidt