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26th Apr 2016

The charm and challenge of terroir

by Andrea Frost

“It is a beautiful thing to be able to transmit the landscape in our wines,” said our host as she sat at the head of the tasting table. A panoramic window framed the rolling hills of Rioja behind her. I scribbled the quote down. Though I had... Read more

 

26th Apr 2016

En primeur: the other side of Bordeaux

by Nicolle Croft

The ‘primeur’ show is over for another year and the dust has settled here in Bordeaux. The journalists and buyers of the wine world with their brimming laptops and stained black teeth have left Bordeaux’s grand châteaux empty again. They... Read more

 

21st Apr 2016

Chapoutier 2015 Sélections Parcellaires: the best vintage since 1990?

by Matt Walls

Every spring, Rhône ringleader Michel Chapoutier comes to London to unveil the new vintage of his top single vineyard wines, the Sélections Parcellaires. It’s a hotly anticipated tasting for a number of reasons. Firstly, because... Read more

 

8th Apr 2016

The Climate Change Paradox

by Tim Atkin

You don’t have to be meteorologist to appreciate that something very unusual is happening to the world’s weather right now. I’ve just got back from South Africa, where dams were almost empty and the country has experienced the hottest,... Read more

 

4th Apr 2016

The truth about the 1976 Judgment of Paris

by Ron Washam

Forty years later, it’s time to finally reveal that the Paris Tasting of 1976 was staged, much like Neal Armstrong’s phony moon landing, Elvis Presley’s death and auction wines. Furthermore, the person claiming to be Steven Spurrier is... Read more

 

29th Mar 2016

Lone Woolf: a London Tasting Adventure

by Andrea Frost

In her 1930 essay Street Haunting, A London Adventure, Virginia Woolf used her search for a lead pencil as an excuse to indulge in “the greatest pleasure of town life in winter — rambling the streets of London”. Woolf’s walks... Read more

 

21st Mar 2016

South Africa triumphs at the Lismore Chardonnay tasting

by Tim Atkin

Way back in 1992, so long ago that it's even disappeared from remaindered bookshelves, I wrote a tome about Chardonnay. It was a tour d'horizon of the world's most popular white grape, with entries grouped by country from Argentina... Read more

 

20th Mar 2016

In your glass in sixty minutes

by Matt Walls

Whizzing home in my driverless car, I zip past yet another boarded-up wine shop. I suspected this one wouldn’t last much past 2020. You couldn’t sample the wines or buy food, and they didn’t have any wines you couldn’t find elsewhere.... Read more

 

9th Mar 2016

Bordeaux 2015: one big if

by Tim Atkin

You might not have noticed, but the annual Bordeaux en primeur campaign is almost upon us. After a quartet of poor to decent vintages, when the very raison d’être of selling the region’s wines as “futures” was called into question and... Read more

 

7th Mar 2016

A visit to the World's Greatest Wine Library

by Ron Washam

 Here it is 2095, and I’m only now visiting the World’s Greatest Wine Library. Its vastness is daunting, its resources unparalleled. On that shelf, the first wine book ever published. Printed by Gutenberg, it’s the first edition of the... Read more