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Natural Wine: from counterculture to mainstream

16 March, 2022

As the adage goes, what’s old inevitably becomes new again. Such a case could be argued for the category of natural wine. Though the style has existed for thousands of years (both intentionally and accidentally), it’s only recently that it’s …

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part Two)

15 March, 2022

Gonzague Lurton at Durfort-Vivens It is often said that the wines of Margaux are more perfumed and less powerful than those from Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Pauillac, but within the appellation the wines vary still further in style due to the …

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part One)

15 March, 2022

There are 15 second growths in the 1855 Bordeaux classification and one-third of them come from Margaux. Wouldn’t it be fun to hold a Margaux party, and invite Durfort-Vivens, Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Rauzan-Gassies and Lascombes – the five second growths – …

Goodbye to Steven

8 March, 2022

To commemorate the first anniversary of Steven Spurrier’s death, we’re republishing Susan Keevil’s personal tribute from last year. ‘A wonderful man.’ ‘Such a great optimist!’ ‘He always raised the tone at any gathering he attended.’ ‘The quintessential man of wine.’ …

In Memory of Steven Spurrier

8 March, 2022

Watching Steven Spurrier taste a wine was like watching a tea master sip tea. Steven didn’t rush. He didn’t chew his wines and start scribbling notes right away. He considered wine slowly. He held a wine glass as a violinist …

Exploring the Winning Heights of Coonawarra

15 February, 2022

During a time when vineyards are reaching for higher heights, Coonawarra stands proudly and firmly with its feet on the ground, producing a range of supremely iconic wines while still located on a relatively flat Australian landscape. The secret to …

There’s Merit in the Mâconnais

14 February, 2022

When contemplating burgundy, most consider the Côte d’Or paramount, expressive of the very best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines globally. Few can doubt the quality and longevity of this area, literally translated as ‘the golden slope’, providing a varied terroir …

A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton

14 February, 2022

What to say of Anthony Barton, late patriarch of Châteaux Langoa Barton and Léoville Barton, that hasn’t already been said, especially since his death last month at the age of 91? Not much is the answer. However, being lost for …

Secrets of the Jura

20 January, 2022

Jura, a small wine producing area nestled between the French and Swiss borders, has for many years held a reputation solely for its signature ‘yellow’ wine, vin jaune. In recent years, however, the region has gained a cult following for …

White Cassis: a Riviera Rarity

19 January, 2022

The old fishing town of Cassis is a 20-minute drive from Marseilles. It is also a wine region, and the only one in France where the vineyards are contained within a national park. To get to Cassis, you exit the …

Exploring Okanagan Valley: Where Wine is Fun and Fascinating

19 January, 2022

Canada’s ‘Okanagan is indeed on the up’, concluded Steven Spurrier after presiding over a series of comparative tastings in 2019. As always, a measured and accurate observation. Despite the many recent challenges brought about by pandemics, wildfires and climate extremes, …

Wine Webinar Series: Bemused by Biodynamics No Longer!

17 January, 2022

In the good old days wine was either red or white, dry or sweet, still or fizzy. Then came the new vibes: New World versus Old World, and single varietal versus multi-grape blends. Today, our wine issues have changed again: …