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Toklas finds its feet …

3 weeks 6 days ago
… and a smart new chef. Matthew Slotover, 54, and his business partner Amanda Sharpe (whose age I am too much of a gentleman to ask) first discussed opening a restaurant when they were 18. Over the subsequent 32 years they applied themselves thoroughly to researching their subject while at the same time creating Frieze, the art exhibition and
Nick Lander

What's troubling vintners today

3 weeks 6 days ago
Wine producers flock to London and share their woes. A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Like many, I suspect, I am rethinking my attitudes to travel. Just as lockdown should have ended executives’ transatlantic hops ‘for a meeting’, I am now feeling much more wary of flying in general, ever mindful of my
Jancis Robinson

Mutiliana, Acereta 2018 Romagna Sangiovese

3 weeks 6 days ago
Above, Walter's dog Fritz surveys the sandstone hills of this extraordinary corner of northern Romagna. £29, $39.90 Find this wine (and note that Wine-Searcher.com spell it Acerreta) A few years ago I stumbled upon the wines of my Italian wine writer colleague Giorgio Melandri at a small event in Verona that ran parallel to the monster
Walter Speller

Lay & Wheeler spring/summer 2022

3 weeks 6 days ago
The metamorphosis of what was once a family outfit in Colchester, then an adjunct to Majestic, continues with many a wine that should be of interest to wine lovers wherever they are based. Above, the recent customer tasting at The Ministry, south London. Lay & Wheeler is at an interesting stage of its evolution under its new(ish) foreign owners
Jancis Robinson

Isole e Olena sold

4 weeks ago
The Charles Heidsieck wine and champagne empire expands. Isole e Olena, the emblematic Chianti Classico estate painstakingly built up by Paolo De Marchi over the last 45 years, has been acquired by the EPI Group, owners of Charles Heidsieck champagne and Biondi-Santi in Montalcino inter alia. De Marchi’s son Luca will continue to oversee the
Jancis Robinson

WWC22 prizes announced

4 weeks ago
This year's prizes for our winning wine writers involve trees, both dead and alive. We are now pleased to announce the prizes for this year’s wine writing competition on the theme of renewal. (See full details of the competition and how to apply.) On the basis of past competitions, we don’t want to be too precise about exactly how many prizes

Napa's 2020 whites

4 weeks ago
The valley's white wines largely escaped the effects of 2020 wildfires. In early May I tasted through a collection of white wines from the 2020 vintage of the Napa Valley. Varieties tasted were primarily, but not exclusively, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The 2020 vintage is of course infamous for its wildfires, but the tasting revealed
Elaine Chukan Brown

Letters from Kyiv

4 weeks 1 day ago
3 June 2022 on Ukraine – day 100 Dear Partners and Friends, 100 days have already passed since the full-scale outbreak of the war, from the moment Russia attacked defenceless, peaceful cities early in the morning. A hundred days. It is impossible to get used to, impossible to forget. This event of unprecedented scale in Europe led to

DWWA Bottle Stickers

4 weeks 1 day ago

Promote your win with Decanter medal stickers All winners can purchase bottle stickers for their corresponding medals from DWWA at the dedicated Decanter Awards shop. Stickers come in rolls of 1,000 and include free worldwide delivery. PURCHASE MEDAL STICKERS HERE Not sure how to order medal stickers? Download and follow this simple step-by-step guide for an […]

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Olivia Mason

Sean Thackrey has left the cellar

4 weeks 1 day ago
The 'mad genius' of California wine is no more. Known for ironically wearing a vest emblazoned with the phrase ‘famous winemaker’, the iconoclastic California winemaker Sean Thackrey passed away on 30 May following what a friend referred to as a decade-long battle with cancer. The 79-year-old Thackrey was indeed famous in the world of
Alder Yarrow

The return of the Weinbörse, part 2

4 weeks 1 day ago
After a day wallowing in red wines (see The return of the Weinbörse, part 1), Paula examined what the cool 2021 vintage delivered in whites. On the second day of the Weinbörse I turned myself over to Riesling (and, given the cool conditions of the 2021 growing season, my dentist was extremely happy with my decision to keep the Rieslings to one
Paula Sidore