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Cirò – the past

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 16/10/2019 - 09:45
For the first of three reports, Walter ventures to the far south of Italy. Twice. Last April at Vinitaly I was asked to present a flight of Cirò wines going back to 1969. Cirò is a jewel of a wine region positioned where the ball of the foot sits in the Italian boot, in Calabria, in Italy’s deepest south. Overlooking the Ionian Sea, it produces
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Spottswoode retrospective

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 16/10/2019 - 09:45
A thoroughly uplifting series of rather atypical Napa Cabernets. One major reason I’m so glad that St Helena gets its own map and page in the new World Atlas of Wine is that two of my favourite Napa Valley wine producers are based there, coincidentally both run by women and both of them famous for the subtlety and restraint of their wines. There
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Marqués de Riscal – past and future

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 15/10/2019 - 09:48
A look into the past and a glimpse of the future. A tasting of rare old vintages from Marqués de Riscal, and the global launch of XR – a new Riscal cuvée. Rioja giant Marqués de Riscal recently held an intriguing tasting and launch event at Vintners' Hall in London. The event was entitled both ‘A travel through time’ and ‘Breaking the rules'.
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Powerless to pause harvest in California

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 15/10/2019 - 09:48
How will northern California's power cuts affect this year's vintage? Last week on 8 October California marked a rather sad anniversary: two years since a series of fires devastated Sonoma County, killing 22 people and destroying entire neighbourhoods that have yet to fully recover. Somewhat unnervingly on the eve of this solemn occasion,
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Whose Pinot and Riesling is best value?

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 14/10/2019 - 09:48
Some revealing price comparisons from around the world, including a baby Clos Ste Hune for a song. Liberty Wines holds a vast tasting every September at The Oval cricket ground in which the wines from their massive portfolio are grouped on long tables by variety, arranged in ascending price order, wherever they come from. I love this approach as
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Diary of a Willamette cellar rat – part 6

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 14/10/2019 - 09:48
Samantha Cole-Johnson explains hoses, presses and barrelling this week. I don’t know how wine was made before hoses. They’re literally everywhere, water hoses coiled up on the wall, glycol hoses hanging from the ceiling, siphon hoses for taking wine out of barrels, and wine hoses that hook up to tanks. They are perpetually in the way when you’re
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France's paper hurdles

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 12/10/2019 - 02:00
Dreaming of making wine in France? French bureaucracy is quite a hurdle to overcome, as Jamie Hutchinson of The Sampler in London found out. The picture shows just some of the paperwork that stood in his way, A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Ten years ago Jamie and Jessica Hutchinson found themselves almost by
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Are plates and waiters superfluous?

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 12/10/2019 - 02:00
Nick on the growth of food halls, food carts, food trucks and food markets. This week I would like to draw your attention to the emergence of what I believe can only be construed as an existential threat to restaurants themselves. I am talking about food courts and the recent opening of two close to each other in London’s West End. The first is
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Penfolds Collection 2019

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 11/10/2019 - 09:45
The canny South Australian giant has a few extra things up its sleeve this year which will presumably more than make up for the shortcomings of the 2017 vintage. I got an email message just before Peter Gago arrived to unveil this year’s Penfolds Collection of new releases. ‘Apologies. In the spreadsheet I sent you there was a typo. Special Bin
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Quinta da Fonte Souto 2017 Alentejo

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 11/10/2019 - 09:45
From €14.70, £17, $25 Find the Fonte Souto 2017 red Find the Fonte Souto 2017 white Think of the Symington family, think of port and Douro wines. Think again. While maintaining their several estates and many hectares of vines in the Douro Valley, they have for the first time ever ventured much further south within Portugal – to the Alentejo.
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Now Ribera del Duero embraces geography

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 10/10/2019 - 09:45
A host of single-vineyard wines from Spain's highest Tempranillo vines are presented by vintage. Some producer profiles to follow. Quite some time ago I detected a sea change among the more than 1,200 brands that carry the Ribera del Duero seal. It seems that, at least for this new generation of producers, those not considered ‘the classics’, the
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Some good-value Italian wines

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 09/10/2019 - 09:48
Some reluctant recommendations from Walter, who also contributes this picture of an enoteca in Padua (where he lives) offering 'a good selection of left-field wines at very reasonable prices'. Stumbling upon good-value Italian wines happens when you go completely off-piste and steer clear of most international varieties. Leave the supermarket
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China's insatiable thirst for wine?

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 09/10/2019 - 09:48
Richard unpicks the reality of the current state of the Chinese wine market.  I can think of only two entities in this world that were born in 1949 and became one of the world’s largest wine consumers before the age of 70. One of them is Oz Clarke, the other is the People’s Republic of China. Since the PRC is throwing a rather lavish birthday
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GGs in Wiesbaden 2019 part 3 – Franken, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 08/10/2019 - 09:48
The final part of Michael’s report from three days of valiant tasting at the end of August, plus three complaints. See also part 1 and part 2, and our guide to coverage of German 2018s. In the last 30 years German wines have been getting better all the time and it’s becoming ever harder to criticise the German wine scene. But it’s not yet
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Italy and value

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 08/10/2019 - 09:48
Walter wrestles with the concept of good-value Italian wines in this stream of consciousness, and eventually overcomes his Cabernet-phobia at this Veneto restaurant. The opinions expressed below are my own. A couple of weeks (or was it months?) ago I was forwarded a request from someone professionally close to me to write about ‘good-value
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GGs in Wiesbaden 2019 part 2 – Mosel and Nahe Rieslings

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 07/10/2019 - 09:45
Michael, extreme left in our picture behind the scenes at the 2019 Wiesbaden tasting, explains his position on the 2018 Grosse Gewächse Rieslings. See our guide to coverage of German 2018s. When I wrote my introduction to part 1, I was a little dismissive of the Riesling GGs of 2018, which I tasted at the same event at the end of August 2019 in
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Diary of a Willamette cellar rat – Part 5

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 07/10/2019 - 09:45
Samantha Cole-Johnson was in the winery all week, ensuring optimum contact between grape skins and must. She explains what to do when things go wrong. The winery smells amazing – if you like the smell of fermenting juice, which I happen to think smells deliciously like fruit juice, freshly baked bread and strawberry soda. The ferments also taste
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2019: hot stuff

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 05/10/2019 - 02:00
A version of this survey of the 2019 northern-hemisphere vintage is published by the Financial Times. All over the northern hemisphere wineries are at their busiest. The 2019 harvest has delivered, or is in the process of delivering, this year’s crop of grapes which are being fermented into wine. Wine tasters can be in no doubt of the effects of
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The Swedish chef with a difference

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 05/10/2019 - 02:00
A shorter version of this article on Daniel Berlin's country establishment, pictured here, is published by the Financial Times. In the space of less than twelve hours I was to see Daniel Berlin, 36, in the two very different uniforms that I believe he spends most of his waking time wearing. I first met him at 7pm wearing what is his more
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Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2018 Adelaide Hills

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 04/10/2019 - 09:45
From €24.50 (if you buy 6 bottles), $29.29 (2017 vintage), 2,960 Japanese yen, £27.45, AU$44.99, HK$315, SG$73 (2017 vintage) Find this wine Pitting your wine against its peers in a blind tasting is a well-worn technique, but that doesn't undermine its riskiness. The objective is normally to demonstrate that ostensibly better and/or pricier wines
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