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New Kids on the Roussillon Block…

12 May, 2021

The vinous landscape of Roussillon has changed enormously in the last 20 years or so, and it’s now finally beginning to emerge from the shadows of the Languedoc and stand alone.  Where once it was known for its sweet Vins …

Bordeaux 2020

27 April, 2021

James Lawther MW gives the background to Bordeaux’s latest vintage ahead of the En Primeur tastings this April Ten years on, will the 2020 vintage, alongside 2019 and 2018, make it another golden treble for Bordeaux, emulating 2010, 2009 and …

‘Grapetionary’ – A Wine Grape A–Z

31 March, 2021

Quick, name a wine grape that starts with the letter ‘Q’. How about ‘Y’… or ‘J’? Remember Julie and Julia (2009), the book and movie in which a food writer cooks every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of …

In memoriam: Steven Spurrier

31 March, 2021

May 1976. My diary for the week starts with having dinner with Steven and Bella in Paris at their charming apartment in Rue de la Cerisaie on May 23rd. After regaling us several delicious 1961 clarets, Steven announced that we …

Explaining the Wine Flavour Tree

31 March, 2021

The Wine Flavour Tree developed by Sam Caporn MW. It provides an essential, easy-to-use guide for wine drinkers as to the sorts of flavours that are typically found in a selection of 40 popular grape varieties. Among wine professionals it …

Burgundy in the time of Covid

26 February, 2021

Pruned vines in Meursault Robin Kick MW counts herself lucky to taste the 2019 Burgundy En Primeurs For many, this past year has been a succession of what might be viewed as perpetual working ‘staycations’, peppered with travel bans and …

South Africa Beware

25 February, 2021

Photo credit: wosa.co.za On February 2nd 1990, the 331st anniversary – to the day – of the first grape harvest in South Africa, President F W de Klerk announced the imminent release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison. …

Helping us through Lockdown

28 January, 2021

The best headline I have seen so far (and indeed, they are in short supply this month) captions a letter to The Daily Telegraph. It is headed ‘Dry – like Sherry’ and reads: ‘Sir, Visiting my local bottle bank, the …

’Tis the Season for Cream Sherry!

10 December, 2020

If you run a Google search for ‘crème de la crème’ you are met with three delicious options, crème brulée, crème fraiche and crème caramel. But if you Google ‘cream sherry’, you will be bewildered beyond measure. I was. (I …

Barolo Vignarionda is a Whole Other Story

9 December, 2020

Vignarionda or Vigna Rionda, or Arionda, or Rotonda. The shape of this cru explains the many variations of its name that have graced bottle labels over the decades: the Rionda Vineyard, is so-named because ‘rionda’ derives from the word rotonda, …

The Wine Trade 1964–2020

3 December, 2020

How has the wine trade changed in the 56 years since I joined Christopher’s (London’s oldest wine merchant) in February 1964 to the day I submitted my ‘Goodbye’ column for Decanter magazine in May 2020? It has transformed in pretty …

Bordeaux for Lunch

19 November, 2020

A lunchtime claret. I can’t think of another wine that is associated with a meal in quite the same way. It says something both about the wine, the meal and the diner, who is almost certainly of a certain age …