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Still wines of England – tasting notes

5 hours 37 min ago
Read on. These are no longer wines to be dismissed out of hand, as Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW argue in English still wine grows up, also published today. Click on our English wine tag and you will be directed to no fewer than 121 articles, but virtually all of them are about England’s increasingly respectable and respected sparkling

English still wine grows up

6 hours 42 min ago
To complement today's tasting article on English still wines, married Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, particularly well-informed observers* of the English wine scene, comment on the evolution of this often-overlooked category. English still wine. Three simple words that provoke a host of different reactions, from indignation to

The very feminine 2019 Roederers

6 hours 42 min ago
Non-British women and JancisRobinson.com did especially well at last night’s Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards held in a brand new wing of the Royal Academy of Arts in Mayfair, London. Three of our contributors were shortlisted in two categories, each of which was won by a writer who had submitted to the judges articles written for

RIP David Elswood

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 11:07
Christie's extremely popular and energetic wine auctioneer David Elswood has been felled by cancer of the throat. I have appended Christie's official tribute with all positions held. Several days ago Michael Broadbent's son Bartholomew was in touch. He thought I should be gathering memories of his father, founder of Christie's wine department,

The Place de Bordeaux spreads its wings

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:47
How do the increasing number of non-French wines now being sold in Bordeaux measure up to the wines the Bordeaux négociants are more used to selling? Pierre Lacour was an artist working in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, specialising in scenes of his native Bordeaux. Here we see the Quai des Chartrons, the quayside where the

2019 writing competition – who won?

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:47
More than 80 entries but only one winner ... The winner of this year’s writing competition, with a staggering 52% of all 149 votes cast, is Sarah Phillips for her guide to Miami for wine lovers. So inviting did her recommendations sound that Nick and I have decided to break a particularly long flight we're planning next February with 24 hours in

Travel tips for wine lovers

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:47
From Vancouver Island to Melbourne, check out these insider tips for thirsty travellers. And see also our travel forum for members. Below are links to a series of 43 travel guides listing wine bars, wine-friendly restaurants, wine stores and, in many, wineries. Our popular, and often-updated London for wine lovers is supplemented by the 42

New Wave South Africa – 2019 version

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:46
Was this year's showing by the Cape's young guns the tasting of the year? It certainly felt like it. See also David & Nadia's 2019 releases. Jancis writes This year the organisers of the New Wave South Africa tasting moved back to the basement of Soho record store Phonica. This was fine – apart from the noise (not a sound-absorbing soft furnishing

US retailing – cracks in the foundations

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:46
The beginning of the end may have come for America's labyrinthine laws governing the movement of wine around the country. A recent US Supreme Court ruling striking down an obscure Tennessee law has had the American wine industry abuzz for the past few months as both industry and legal experts begin to hint that the verdict may be a harbinger of

Mopping up Rhône 2017 – northern whites

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 08:46
This mini-series of mop-up tastings of the Rhône's small but promising 2017 vintage begins in the north. Despite tasting nearly 1,000 Rhône wines from the superior 2017 vintage last autumn (see our Rhône 2017 guide), there were still hundreds of wines left to try. Fortunately, many of these were conveniently assembled as part of the biennial Décou

Diary of a Willamette cellar rat – part 2

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 08:46
First-picked 2019 Chardonnay grapes shown here. Fingers crossed for drier weather. Click on the tag to find last week's despatch from Samantha Cole-Johnson, in the lower ranks of an Oregon winery. On Wednesday, it rained. Between fog, humidity and drizzle, it feels like we haven’t had a fully dry day for a couple of weeks, and while everybody in

Dinner on the avenue – for 720

Sat, 14/09/2019 - 01:01
A version of this article about Bolgheri is published by the Financial Times. See also Bolgheri – the tasting notes. ‘There is no plan B.’ With evening rain forecast, this was a constant, worried refrain in Bolgheri, the Tuscan coast’s smartest wine region by far, on the last day of August. The wine producers’ ambitious plan was to serve a dinner

Cérès – a Frenchwoman's obsession

Sat, 14/09/2019 - 01:01
Devoted chef in north London needs more customers. Ahead of my article next week about a remarkable woman in the British restaurant trade – Helen O’Malley, the 54-year-old mother of eight who is the public face of the Bo Tree Kitchen Thai restaurant in Belfast – here is another paean of praise to a second woman in this arduous business. A woman

Bolgheri – the tasting notes

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 08:46
19 September 2019  See my tasting notes on Sassicaia 2016 and Guidalberto 2017. 13 September 2019 Four of the Tuscan coast's more glamorous wines, or estates, analysed – Argentiera, Masseto, Matarocchio and Ornellaia. See also Dinner on the avenue – for 720. See also my tasting  Bolgheri, the DOC that is the Tuscan coast’s brightest star,

Doniene Gorrondona 2017/18 Bizkaiko Txakolina

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 08:46
A super-crisp, low-alcohol Basque white of interest. From €10.90, $18.99, £15.90, AU$30. Find this wine On the UK’s most recent Bank Holiday, amid record-breaking 33 °C (91 °F) temperatures, I was strolling languidly through south-west London, en route home, when I was diverted into the relatively new Putney branch of The Sampler, the wine

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