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Rhône 2018 – northern reds

News from Jancis Robinson - 13 uur 27 min geleden
Tasting notes for northern Rhône reds from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. The best-performing category in the Rhône's 2018 vintage is northern reds. For any fan of Syrah, there is a huge range of excellent
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Rhône 2018 – a guide to our coverage

News from Jancis Robinson - 13 uur 27 min geleden
An overview of our coverage of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône. Château Rayas had particular cause to obscure its famously hidden sign (pictured) this year because it isn't releasing any wines from the vintage. To find out why, alongside the story of the vintage in the rest of the region, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. As far as tasting
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Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône

News from Jancis Robinson - 13 uur 27 min geleden
The inside story of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône valley. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. If there’s one word that sums up the 2018 vintage in the Rhône, it’s ‘unsummupable’. Rhône wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintage were almost universally admired, and the only thing required was to nit-pick between
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Chocolate, not just for port

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 19/11/2019 - 09:46
Artisan chocolate is trendy, but is it wine-worthy? I’m not a chocolate lover. I’m not even much of a chocolate eater. So it may have been contrary for me to have agreed to test some chocolate samples. But the cynic in me was provoked by their PR’s email to Jancis, which began, ‘I wanted to get in touch with expert insight from Original Beans, the
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Brunello 2015, Barolo 2016 and Barbaresco 2017 previewed

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 19/11/2019 - 09:46
Some welcome Italian gems here, and a foretaste of the many more 2016 Barolos that Walter has just been tasting with enormous pleasure. His report will follow. For the past two years we have reported on Vinexus Anteprima, a preview of Italian vintages organised by Nicolas Belfrage MW’s import company Vinexus. (See Jancis's 2018 and 2017 reports.)
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Valtellina report 2019 - part 1

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 18/11/2019 - 09:45
Walter calls this 'a concise history of more than 2,000 years of wine production' in this spectacular alpine setting. It is complemented by his tasting notes on 62 current examples. A number of them will be shown at our first Valtellina Night, to be held in London on Sunday 1 December. I once asked the éminence grise of Italian wine in the UK,
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Flames, fermentation, fear and recovery in Sonoma

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 18/11/2019 - 09:45
Reports from the front line of northern California winemakers v fire and those in charge of fighting it. On 23 October, the Kincade Fire exploded to life on the hillsides above Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County, and quickly prompted the evacuation of that small town. Four days later, it had grown to 26,000 acres (10,500 ha) and was
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Chinese adventures in Australian wine

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 16/11/2019 - 02:00
Direct Asian involvement in Australian wine production has been growing rapidly. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also All change in the Yarra.  Helen & Joey Estate winery in the Yarra Valley outside Melbourne could hardly sound more Australian, but in fact Helen and Joey are the adopted English names of a Chinese
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Finding Kāwi

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 16/11/2019 - 02:00
There have probably never been more business opportunities available to successful New York restaurateurs than there are today. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Everybody appears to be chasing the titans of the Manhattan restaurant business. There are landlords with previously thriving retail property trying to do a
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Maturana, Naranja Torontel 2018 Maule

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 15/11/2019 - 09:45
An exciting and well-priced introduction to orange wines. From 12,990 Chilean pesos, CA$24.95, £14.95, $22 Find this wine Some orange wines, those white wines that are darker than is usual for a white wine and more tannic because they have been fermented on the skins, can lose the character of the grape variety or be overly astringent. Some of
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Majestic – old regime's last legs?

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 15/11/2019 - 09:45
Andy Howard reviews the range from an important UK wine retailer undergoing tumultuous change. See also last week's report on Aldi v Lidl. On 2 August 2019 (much to the relief of large parts of the UK wine industry) it was announced that Majestic Wine, Britain’s biggest specialist wine retail chain, had been sold. The purchaser is CF Bacchus
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All change in the Yarra

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 14/11/2019 - 09:45
Australia is in thrall to Pinot Noir, and the Yarra Valley is cashing in – but for how long? The Yarra Valley, less than an hour’s drive east of the food and wine city of Melbourne, was in the 1980s best known for its Cabernet, and the then-scorned Shiraz. Then its cooler sites, notably in the Upper Yarra in the south east of the region, were
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The vinification of Ningxia

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 14/11/2019 - 09:38
14 November 2019 In our Throwback Thursday series of articles retrieved from the archive, we are republishing this 2012 article as providing some background to Louise Hurren's article yesterday on how the many high-profile women winemakers of this important Chinese wine province are faring today.13 September 2012 See also China's most promising
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The wine women of China

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 13/11/2019 - 09:49
Louise Hurren compares attitudes to women winemakers in France and China. In 2018 on my first visit to Ningxia (widely described then as China's most exciting wine region), I was surprised by the significant number of women making their mark there as owners, growers, winemakers and consultants. When I returned to Ningxia in September 2019 for
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California – Cabernet and beyond

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 13/11/2019 - 09:49
The youngest Master of Wine assesses some California wines deemed respectively 'collectable' and 'covetable' in London, in less than perfect circumstances. See also Elaine's two-part survey of California's new ways with the Mission grape published on Monday and Tuesday. California’s golden beaches, rolling waves, glamorous film studios, clear blue
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East meets WSET: how Asia learns about wine

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 13/11/2019 - 09:49
In a country so keen to learn about wine, it’s ironic that jancisrobinson.com is blocked on some free wifi networks in Singapore. Here, as across Asia, wine is still sometimes viewed with suspicion and, as its popularity increases, educating people about wine becomes more and more important. Wine’s Asian invasion might be rapid, but it’s happening
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Mission and País re-evaluated – part 2

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 12/11/2019 - 09:49
In the second half of her two-part analysis of this recovered grape variety, Elaine looks at some current examples of wines now being made in California. See also part 1. Tegan Passalacqua, pictured below, is one of the founders of the Historic Vineyard Society, and is arguably one of the most quietly influential winemakers in California. He
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Don Melchor complete vertical

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 12/11/2019 - 09:49
A look at the admirably low-key evolution of Concha y Toro's flagship red, way back to the beginning. In New York recently I was thrilled to sense that Chilean wine seems to have gained some respectability there, after long years of having been seen as quintessentially cheap and cheerful. But the wines that my fellow wine geeks seemed most
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Mission and País re-evaluated – part 1

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 11/11/2019 - 09:47
A historic grape variety is emerging from obscurity in California, thanks to goings-on in southern Chile. See part 2 tomorrow. Mission is arguably the most disregarded yet historically important variety in North and South America. Known as País in Chile and Criolla Chica in Argentina, there are also small plantings in Mexico, where it is known as
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Tardieu-Laurent's 2018s

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 11/11/2019 - 09:47
Later in the month we intend to publish myriad – about 800 – tasting notes on the 2018 vintage taken by Richard during his two weeks in the Rhône Valley but here’s a taster, my tasting notes on the 2018s from superior négociant Tardieu-Laurent, wines that are being offered by UK merchant Corney & Barrow today. See here for some background on this
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