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Hospo pairings – sweet things

9 hours 25 minutes ago
See this guide to all the articles we have published on hospitality professionals' suggested food and wine matches, and make sure you come back on Monday to discover who wins the prize for the best. Dotted throughout the nine hospos’ food and wine pairing articles we’ve published (or are yet to publish) is a sprinkling of delectations for the
Tamlyn Currin

Some great pergola wines

9 hours 25 minutes ago
As proof of his assertion that pergola vine training systems can produce great wines, Walter shares this list. See also Debunking the pergola myth and Pergola – an agronomist's view. The wines below are given without a particular vintage. I recommend buying whichever year is available, which in all likelihood will be the latest vintage. Please
Walter Speller

Pergola – an agronomist's view

1 day 9 hours ago
Agronomist Maurizio Gily, pictured above by Andreas Maerz, is a specialist in viticulture and oenology as well as editor and publisher of scientific articles on these topics, which he publishes on his website www.gily.it. Currently Gily consults for several estates and producers in Piemonte where he lives, as well as in other wine regions in Italy

Flint/Stannary – just in time

1 day 9 hours ago
One of the last portfolio tastings seen in London before the big lockdown. On the same day we published this article, Flint hosted this online discussion on The Future of the UK Hospitality Industry after Lockdown. Flint Wines was founded by Jason Haynes, who cut his teeth at the historic fine-wine importer OW Loeb. But he left to set up Flint
Jancis Robinson

Hospo pairings – off the beaten track

2 days 9 hours ago
A round-up of the unusual in this latest instalment of wine and food matches proposed by our hospitality professionals. See more in this guide. There is real beauty in classic pairings, in the way that skiing down a perfect powder run has the power, grace and elegance that off-piste skiing quite often lacks. But off-piste pairing can make your
Tamlyn Currin

Debunking the pergola myth

2 days 9 hours ago
One of Italy's most distinctive, ancient and aesthetically pleasing training forms is unjustly burdened with a reputation for producing dilute, poor-quality wines, but history shows it is actually one of the earliest efforts to establish good-quality mono-viticulture. See also Postmodern Italy – in search of genuine wine, Pergola – an agronomist's
Walter Speller

Reducing alcohol naturally

3 days 9 hours ago
Arnica Rowan examines ways of producing lighter wines when global warming suggests otherwise. Across the planet, consumer preferences are swinging to less concentrated, lower-alcohol beverages. Meanwhile, the global wine industry is facing increasing temperatures, resulting in grapes with higher sugar content at phenolic ripeness, and producing

Putting Napa's 2018s in context

3 days 9 hours ago
Napa Valley has something rather exciting waiting in the wings... In February Napa Valley Vintners hosted their annual Premiere event showcasing wines that were mainly from the 2018 vintage. Each year buyers and media travel from around the world to visit Napa Valley for a week’s worth of tastings leading up to the Saturday morning tasting of
Elaine Chukan Brown

Unlocking the lockdown in Italy

4 days 9 hours ago
Walter reports from the European country furthest along the path to relaxing a really stringent lockdown, and is far from relaxed. After more than 52 days of one of the most severe lockdowns in the whole of Europe, Italy began to reboot life and its economy on 3 May. For this whole period we were not allowed to go out of the house (or flat, in
Walter Speller

Do restaurants have a future?

5 days 17 hours ago
A few suggestions from an ex-restaurateur and the father of a restaurateur. Social distancing in action in Germany above. Since 2012 when I published my first book The Art of the Restaurateur (Phaidon) I have given numerous talks about this book and my former profession. These have usually been accompanied by 10 slides, highlighting 10
Nick Lander

Snowy Mountain magic

5 days 17 hours ago
One of the more interesting wine regions you have never heard of? See also Tumbarumba tasted. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. It all started with the recent terrible bushfires in Australia. The worst-affected wine regions were the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island off the South Australian coast and the delightfully
Jancis Robinson

Lowerland, Vaalkameel Colombard 2018 Prieska

6 days 9 hours ago
An ugly-ducking grape turns swan in a remote region of the arid Northern Cape to celebrate tonight's #SpectacularSouthAfrica initiative to encourage everyone to open a bottle of South African wine. From 275 rand (per bottle in a case of 6), €29.95, £31.95, $39.99, 38.90 Swiss francs Find this wine NB I have included prices for the 2017
Tamlyn Currin

Maltby & Greek dozen

6 days 9 hours ago
Some Greek treats in the latest instalment of surveys of dozens chosen by independent UK wine merchants. See also Lea & Sandeman, Yapp Bros, Haynes Hanson & Clark, Stone, Vine & Sun and Davy's.I have to admit that when I saw the list of 12 wines that Greek specialists Maltby & Greek proposed to send me, I was a bit worried. The prices looked higher
Jancis Robinson

Get a WSET qualification without leaving home

1 week ago
The world’s biggest provider of wine education launches online exams. We hear that many of those laid off from the hospitality business have been spending their time upskilling. Lockdown restrictions have created ideal conditions for learning – so long as you have the willpower, a quiet corner, and the co-operation of your source of education.
Jancis Robinson

Hospo pairings – plant-based, heat and spice

1 week ago
A rich smorgasbord of food and wine pairings volunteered by the laid-off hospitality professionals we have welcomed to Purple Pages recently can be perused via our guide. We have edited the suggestions extremely lightly to keep their spirit intact. Plant-based pairings If you're done on the pizza and popcorn, the steak and cream sauce, then
Tamlyn Currin

Tumbarumba tasted

1 week ago
A cool-climate, bushfire-burnt Australian wine region that deserves to be better known. Tumbarumba in the foothills of the Australian Alps in the south of New South Wales (see this map) suffered particularly badly from the recent awful Australian bushfires, which, in a roundabout way, resulted in my being able to discover its wines, as I explain
Jancis Robinson

Looking back at Australian Chardonnay

1 week 1 day ago
See Australian Rieslings, and Chardonnays compared for the tasting notes of the retrospective of Tiers Chardonnay described below. I think it was Xavier Bizot who had the idea of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the planting of the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in 1979. He is the son-in-law of Brian Croser, who initially planted
Jancis Robinson

Australian Rieslings, and Chardonnays compared

1 week 1 day ago
Mainly very fine Chardonnay, mostly (though not all) from Australia, but some Australian Rieslings, and some French and American Chardonnays for comparative purposes. See also Looking back at Australian Chardonnay, also published today. All of these Australian Rieslings and quite a lot of these Australian Chardonnays were tasted at the generic
Jancis Robinson

Hospo pairings – around the world

1 week 2 days ago
A country-by-country survey of just some of the food and wine matches suggested by the professionals we have welcomed recently. See this guide to our hospo pairings series. Pandemics and climate-change issues remind us just how global we are. Not in a good way. But these hospos have reminded me just how global we are, and how global the language
Tamlyn Currin

Arnoux-Lachaux 2018s – daring delicacy

1 week 2 days ago
A range of fresh, delicate and terroir-transparent wines are given the red-carpet treatment. See the introduction to Arnoux-Lachaux – a bright new star for further background on this domaine, particularly the work they are doing in the vineyard, as explained to me by Charles Lachaux at a tasting of their 2017 vintage in London last year. My
Julia Harding MW
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