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Hospo pairings – the winners

1 month ago
As promised, we now spell out who wins six beautiful wine glasses and a year's membership of our Purple Pages. See also Hospo pairings – very nearly the best with its details of how the winners were chosen, and 61 more suggestions that were almost as deserving as the 10 below. See too our guide to the entire glorious series. Very many thanks to all
Jancis Robinson, Tamlyn Currin

New collector's guide: Hunting value in Piedmont wine

1 month ago

Small production and rising acclaim have caused price spikes for the top echelon of Nebbiolo wines from Piedmont, but there are so many options further down the ladder – not least due to a run of good vintages, including an exceptional Barolo 2016 crop. From digging into lesser-known Barolo crus to unearthing fresh winemaking talent and […]

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Chris Mercer

First Drop new releases and old treasures

1 month ago
An Australian and a Brit with a sense of humour, faith in their growers' vineyards and a respect for vintage variation. As I wrote in First Drop – seriously entertaining, English-born Matt Gant (‘winemaker and retired wannabe playboy’, on the right in their photo above) and Australian John Retsas (‘marketeer and musketeer’, on the left) make
Julia Harding MW

Hospo pairings – very nearly the best

1 month ago
These 61 submissions in our food and wine matching competition were very nearly as good as the winners. See also our guide to the entire glorious series inspired by our special offer to hospitality professionals who suddenly found themselves out of work. Sifting through over 2,100 food and wine pairings to find the best ones has been a little
Tamlyn Currin

The Canary and Balearic islands; Spain's exciting island wines

1 month 1 week ago
A cordon trenzado vineyard in El Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife

Surreal is a word you sometimes see used to describe the vineyards of the Canary Islands. And it’s true there’s something uncanny, almost nightmarish about, say, a vineyard trained with the traditional cordon trenzado method in El Valle de la Orotava on the archipelago’s largest island of Tenerife. Arranged horizontally just inches above the ground, […]

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David Williams

Wine in restaurants will change...

1 month 1 week ago
As we wine lovers know to our cost, literally, drinks sales are a key contributor to restaurant finances. Nick argues that many businesses will have to adapt their wine lists when they finally reopen after lockdown. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. The success of any restaurant depends on various factors – its
Nick Lander

The highs and lows of alcohol

1 month 1 week ago
A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. A detail from Hogarth's Gin Lane above. This here pandemic is making us rethink our relationships with many things – workplace, travel, family, face masks, for instance – and alcohol. For all of us confined between four walls 24 hours a day, the cocktail/wine/beer hour has been an
Jancis Robinson

Caymus Vineyards sues California governor over shut tasting rooms

1 month 1 week ago
Visitors tasting wine at Caymus in 2015.

Caymus Vineyards said that governor Gavin Newsom and California’s state health department had discriminated against Napa Valley wineries in the phased relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown. It is unfair that wineries serving sit-down meals in other parts of the state, as well as restaurants in Napa Valley itself, have been allowed to reopen for visitors […]

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Chris Mercer

Halliday sells his DRCs

1 month 1 week ago
Ever wanted to get your hands on a single bottle of France's most famous wine? James Halliday, Australia’s best-known wine writer and a huge burgundy fan, is selling a substantial portion – 250 bottles – of his impressive collection of wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti via an online auction run by Australia’s leading wine auctioneers
Jancis Robinson

Champagne Crossword

1 month 1 week ago

Champagne Crossword Try our new wine crosswords and increase your Champagne knowledge at the same time. You might even find some of the answers on Decanter.com! This week’s crossword is all things bubbly from this world famous region.  Instructions: Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue Click twice on a […]

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Amy Wislocki

Henschke, Keyneton Euphonium 2015 Barossa

1 month 1 week ago
An Australian classic at a less-than-iconic price. From AU$ 48.99, £33.25, £170 for six bottles in bond, HK$1,620 for six bottles, SG$298.72 for six bottles in bond, HK$324, €241.80 for six bottles, NZ$69.99, 449 Swedish kronor, $56.19, 2,565 New Taiwanese dollars Find this wine Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange are Australia’s
Jancis Robinson

Armit's dozen

1 month 1 week ago
A dozen rather grand wines chosen by a UK wine merchant. See similar reports on Lea & Sandeman, Yapp Bros, Haynes Hanson & Clark, Stone, Vine & Sun, Davy's and Maltby & Greek. Above, many vintages ago, Jean-Marc Roulot pours a sample of Meursault for John Armit (today Roulot uses Zaltos). Notting Hill wine merchant Armit has been through several
Jancis Robinson

California wineries prepare for visitors and a new normal

1 month 1 week ago
Credit: Trent Erwin / Unsplash

Face masks, a fixed boundary for social distancing, more outdoor tastings, individual spittoons and extra hand sanitiser stations are among a host of measures being proposed, and rehearsed, by California’s wineries as they seek clearance to reopen for visitors. Some Sonoma County wineries opened their doors for the first time in weeks over Memorial Day […]

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Chris Mercer

Chablis spotlight: William Fèvre

1 month 1 week ago

Chablis is one of the UK and US’s most popular wines. Ask fans to name a producer from this appellation and it is likely that many will come up with the name William Fèvre. So, the Fells Annual Portfolio tasting in February provided an ideal opportunity to taste a selection of Fèvre Chablis, covering a […]

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Andy Howard MW

Wine retailers who'll deliver to self-isolators

1 month 1 week ago
A list of approximately 900 wine retailers, all over the world, keen to deliver to those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus. Many restaurants seem to have converted themselves into takeaway operations also selling wine. 6 June 2020 Online shop offering wines from Isa Bal's list at Trivet added. 29 May 2020 We're unpinning this listing
Jancis Robinson

Rare, 'oldest' Cognac from 1762 fetches nearly $150,000 at auction

1 month 1 week ago
https://www.decanter.com/learn/how-online-wine-auctions-work-438275/

Sotheby’s said the 70cl bottle of 1762 Gautier Cognac was ‘the oldest Cognac vintage ever sold at auction.’ The winning bid from a collector in Asia was £118,580 ($144,525), following an online-only sale lasting several days and finishing today (28 May). Sotheby’s said the result was ‘a new auction record for a bottle of Cognac’. Bidders […]

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Chris Mercer