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Vote for your favourite travel article

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 05/09/2019 - 09:47
Members of our Purple Pages are being asked to decide who wins this summer's competition. Vote, vote, vote! Yesterday we announced the shortlist of our 10 favourite entries in our 2019 wine travel writing competition. Now we are asking Purple Pagers to vote for which writer they think should win the competition and receive six Jancis Robinson
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Santorini tasting notes part 1

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 04/09/2019 - 09:49
The first half of my tasting notes from three action-packed three days on the island in May. See also Santorini's other active volcano. Wines from many of these producers will be included in our Greek Wine Night on 13 October. I met and tasted with 16 different producers. Here are the first eight, in alphabetical order. The tasting notes are in
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2019 writing competition shortlist

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 04/09/2019 - 09:49
Our 10 favourite entries in this year's writing competition. We were thrilled by the quality and usefulness of the entries in our wine travel writing competition. Altogether we had over 80 entries and published 42 of them, most of them last month. As requested after last year’s competition, in which entrants wrote about what began their love
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Santorini’s other active volcano

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 03/09/2019 - 09:53
A look at the most pressing issues on the island today. For a chance to taste great wines from Santorini and all over Greece, see Greek Wine Night. Santorini’s famous and fabulous caldera, pictured here during my first visit to the island in May this year and seen in satellite image at the end of the article, formed by one of the largest volcanic
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From Kanga Rouge to Kangarouge

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 02/09/2019 - 10:00
The rapid evolution of Australia's wine exports. China today. Where next? ‘It’s not dead', says Oz Clarke hopefully as he eases the cork in one piece from his precious bottle of 1978 Kanga Rouge Coonawarra Shiraz. ‘This', he says, clutching the bottle he’s been waiting 40 years to open, ‘is a moment that has got triumph and disaster writ large
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Paillard and Philipponnat at Christie's

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 02/09/2019 - 09:45
More fine champagne tasting notes... See also this guide to our recent coverage of champagne.  As promised in my recent Champagne tasting article on Frerejean, Palmer and Philipponnat visited in Champagne in mid June, here are tasting notes on wines shown by Christie's before a sale in early June of mature top-quality champagnes. As I explained in
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Darby's - a long-term investment

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 31/08/2019 - 02:04
The relationship between property developers and restaurateurs examined. There is, in retrospect, an obvious chapter heading missing from my book The Art of The Restaurateur. This would be called ‘The Restaurateur as a Gambler’. Every restaurant opening requires a huge gamble, usually a risk undertaken by a handful of committed individuals. There
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Eight new Masters of Wine announced

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/08/2019 - 11:02
Congratulations to the eight hard-working and determined students from five different countries – two based in China – who have just passed the third and final stage of the MW exams, the Research Paper (RP). This brings the total number of MWs around the world to 390, based in 30 different countries. It’s 15 years since I got the phone call to
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Champagne - Frerejean, Palmer, Philipponnat

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/08/2019 - 10:10
The final instalment of my report on a concentrated visit to Champagne in June. See this guide to the rest of my coverage.  Frerejean Frères This is one of the strangest champagne producers I have ever visited. Most champagne houses are super-smooth, obvious beneficiaries of major investment in gloss and trappings designed to impress the visitor.
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Trieste for wine lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/08/2019 - 09:49
For this penultimate published entry in our wine writing competition, Lorenza Pravato provides the inside track on where to go in this quintessential border city in the far north east of Italy. For all other published entries, see this guide. Trieste – that small Vienna on the Adriatic Sea, included by a thread within Italian boundaries some 130
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Cyprus for vineyard lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/08/2019 - 09:49
My story is the story of Cyprus, writes Marleen Zambartas Brouwer, author of the last published entry in our travel writing competition. It’s definitely different, but a great, evocative read, which is why we have included it. For information on the competition and all the entries we have published, see this guide. We hope to publish a shortlist
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Josmeyer, Fleur de Lotus NV Alsace

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/08/2019 - 09:49
From $13.99 (on offer), €14.50, HK$185, £21, RMB238 Find this wine Josmeyer was founded in Wintzenheim near Colmar in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer and the estate has been a pioneer in biodynamics in Alsace since 2000, first under the leadership of the late Jean Meyer. The estate is now run by his daughters. Winemaker Isabelle and estate manager Céline
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Barbeito and Blandy's celebrate

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 29/08/2019 - 09:49
This year, according to local lore, it is 600 years since the island of Madeira was discovered, one year after the neighbouring Porto Santo island. At that stage in its evolution Madeira was so densely wooded that it was named for the Portuguese word for wood, madeira. (In his excellent 1998 book in the Faber and Faber series, Madeira, specialist
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Quebec for wine lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 29/08/2019 - 09:49
Emily Campeau, wine director at Restaurant Candide in Montreal/Montréal and winner of last year’s writing competition, is our guide. See this guide to all the entries in our travel writing competition that have been published so far. Just two more to come… It is maybe presumptuous to try to talk about Quebec as a ‘place’, when most of Europe fits
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Denmark for wine lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 29/08/2019 - 09:49
We have already published a guide to Copenhagen, but Peder Lehmann Larsen takes us outside the capital too, to visit Danish wine producers. See this guide to all the entries in our travel writing competition that have been published so far. Just two more to go... Is Denmark top of mind, when you consider travelling for wine and food? No? Well,
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Limburg and Maastricht for wine lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 28/08/2019 - 09:49
Callie Cook is one of five people who entered Dutch articles in our wine writing competition. See this guide to all the entries in our travel writing competition that have been published so far. The last pair will be published on Friday. ‘Wine? ... In the Netherlands!?’ Is the puzzled response I’ve been hearing recently after telling people,
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Burgas for wine lovers

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 28/08/2019 - 09:49
Desislava Lyapova entreats us to consider the charms of this Bulgarian Black Sea resort. See this guide to all the entries in our travel writing competition that have been published so far. To write about a place with passion, determination or feeling at all is to experience it all over again – the shivers on your body, the wind, the sea if
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Champagne - Leclerc Briant and Jacquesson

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 28/08/2019 - 09:49
Two distinctive small-to-medium champagne houses, one even more wholemeal than the other. See this guide to our substantial recent coverage of Champagne. Leclerc Briant This was possibly the single most intriguing visit of the 20 we were mad enough to pack into four very full days and evenings. Leclerc Briant in an Épernay backstreet is far from
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Von Buhl sack estate manager and winemaker

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 27/08/2019 - 12:34
Fresh(?) from tasting myriad GGs in Wiesbaden, Michael tells us what everyone in German wine is talking about. Is it all about the money, honey? In a shock move, prestigious Pfalz wine estate von Buhl, one of the three so-called traditional great Bs (the other two being Bassermann-Jordan and Bürklin- Wolf) has sacked both estate manager Richard
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What the Bachelders did next

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 27/08/2019 - 09:49
Tim Jackson MW reports on the latest adventures of a Canadian wine power couple. Back in 2014, Jancis went Around the world with Bachelder, reporting on the peripatetic winemaking adventures of husband-and-wife team Thomas and Mary Delaney-Bachelder. As Jancis explained, this burgundy-inspired duo were producing fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
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