An on the spot report from yet another potentially devastating fire in northern California. At 6:30pm yesterday Saturday 26 October local time, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with local authorities, issued the most unprecedented mandatory evacuation order in the history of California. These orders were prompted by
A version of this paean of praise for the variety and sheer quality of Greek wine is published by the Financial Times. See also these tasting notes. Every few months here at JancisRobinson.com, as you may have noticed, we organise a self-pour tasting for wine enthusiasts at Caravan, King’s Cross, in London designed not for profit, but to showcase
A revolutionary way of looking at one of our scarcer but healthiest ingredients. I first met the highly talented but modest Josh Niland in December 2017 after enjoying a fantastic meal at his fish restaurant, Saint Peter, in Paddington, Sydney. I ended my review by writing, ‘Niland has a lot to teach the world’s chefs about fish sourcing and fish
How the wine trade is responding to the new US tariffs. US imports of French, Spanish, German and English wine (but not Italian wine, curiously), plus single malt whisky, are being penalised, along with a wide array of other European products, with an additional 25% tariff imposed on 18 October in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling on
The usual group of interesting wines at relatively keen prices. Of the 57 wines I tasted at The Wine Society's latest showing of its ware to us UK wine writers, I judged eight of them VGV for very good value and a further 11 of them GV for good value. It was impressive to see how many interesting finds their buyers managed to uncover that could
From €16.93, £23.95 Find this wine Running late. Just about made it in time for the speeches. Thankfully, not a wedding, but the UK launch of Jancis and Hugh’s brand new wine atlas for contributors and media at Vintners’ Hall in central London on 24 September. Also, thankfully, there was an array of wines on offer with which to refresh oneself.
A Greek tasting odyssey that took some by surprise. Julia writes From Amyndeo in Greek Macedonia in the far north, not that far from the border with the Republic of North Macedonia, travelling 1,000 miles south to the southern Aegean island of Crete, and from the Ionian island of Cephalonia in the west to the eastern Aegean island of Samos, these
Hot on the heels of our very successful Greek Wine Night, we are now offering you a chance to sample another great collection of wines assembled by one of our expert enthusiasts. Ar Pe Pe's vineyards are pictured. Valtellina is a beautiful hidden corner in the mountainous north of Lombardy in Italy. Wine has been made here for at least 1,500 years
Current and older vintages from 32 producers in the Médoc whose 2017s gained cru bourgeois status. ‘Drinkability is our style’. This was the neat soundbite offered by Olivier Cuvelier, president of the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, when I spoke to him during the London presentation of the recently announced selection of the 2017 vintage.
South African wine writer Malu Lambert happened to be in London when her country’s most famous wine was displayed in all its glory. We asked her for a report. Vin de Constance is living history. It’s South Africa’s most fêted wine, and it has been for centuries. In the early 19th century, Constantia’s sweet wines were all the rage in the European
After his survey of the history of this southern Italian wine, Walter looks at what is being done to assure it of a viable future. See also these accompanying tasting notes. Cirò’s wine spectrum is as diverse and dynamic as any other Italian wine region much further north, however little this is appreciated. Arch-traditionalists with a wealth of
This collection of 41 tasting notes complements Cirò – the past and Cirò – the future. Notes from a flight of seven wines from different producers spanning 1969 to 2013 are followed by tasting reports on some of the most important producers, listed in the order in which they are mentioned in Walter's two introductory articles, as below, with the
The latest audit of the best reds from a particularly gravelly spot on New Zealand's North Island. As long-standing members may remember, the producers of the Gimblett Gravels in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay region submit their wines each year to Andrew Caillard MW for him to make a selection of the dozen wines he thinks best exemplify the vintage.
Samantha Cole-Johnson files her penultimate report, in which pH plays a vital role. See our Members' forum for an enthusiastic response to her reports. It’s crazy to think of the number of producers who make wine without even a basic lab. I know it’s been happening for thousands of years and making wine isn’t rocket science, but the amount of data
Chef Anthony Demetre's new London venture assessed. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. I went for lunch and dinner to Wild Honey St James primarily because of a common complaint from readers at the FT Weekend Live event in early September that resonated with me. Why are so many restaurants, particularly the most
Bargain hunting is getting ever more difficult for wine lovers. Penfolds' latest baby, pictured here, is designed to retail at £850 a bottle. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Have you noticed how expensive wine is getting? It would be easy for those of us in Brexit-torn Britain to blame it on the decline of the pound,
We go back in time via a vertical from one of Montalcino's longer-established producers. This was a fascinating tasting, tracing the evolution of the style of Tuscany's most famous wine. The oldest examples, handpicked presumably, showed the delicacy that Sangiovese can exhibit when grown well inland and at a fair elevation. Then came the one and
A southern Tuscan bargain for your delectation – practically wherever you are. From €12.90, 15.50 Swiss francs, £14.99, CA$25.25, 2,330 yen, 149 Danish kroner, AU$43, 4,043 roubles, HK$1,060 for six, $144 for six, SG$307 for six Find this wine This seriously underpriced, impressive wine is proposed as a continuation of Walter’s recent musings on
As well as his marathon blind tasting at the Consejo, Ferran went to inspect some particularly interesting producers, and supplies his assessments of Vega Sicilia's latest releases. During my visit to Ribera I was able to delve into three projects. Two of them, Vivaltus and Bodegas Antídoto, are recent projects seeking a finer Ribera profile, with
Our Greek Wine Night last Sunday was a huge success. But we have a question for you on timing. I don’t think any of our tasting events has sold out as quickly as last Sunday’s Greek Wine Night. This may have been due to the lively curiosity of visitors to JancisRobinson.com, to widespread appreciation of our self-pour tastings and accompanying