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Jim Barry Rieslings and The Florita vertical

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 04/10/2019 - 09:45
‘Don’t buy it’, Nancy Barry instructed her husband Jim in 1986 when the Florita vineyard came up for auction. The company was already heavily in debt and interest rates were at 20%. Fortunately for those of us in London who had the chance to taste this vertical of every vintage of The Florita Riesling, from 2004 to 2017, Jim persuaded his three
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Have you tried to contact us?

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 03/10/2019 - 10:45
Have you used our Contact button below recently? If you have and received no reply, do please write in again. We promise we have not been ignoring you. We have just discovered that our spam filter has developed a surfeit of enthusiasm and seems to have eaten up emails sent over the last few days. Our sincere apologies. Looking forward to
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Champagne – falling sales, rising profits

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 03/10/2019 - 09:45
New York-based Charles Curtis MW, fine-wine advisor and writer formerly with Christie's, outlines some harsh truths about champagne sales. Alarm bells are sounding for some in Champagne as volumes continue to drop. Total shipments in 2018 were just over 301 million bottles, the nadir for the decade. At the same time, however, turnover reached an
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Mouton and Pol - perks of the job

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 02/10/2019 - 09:47
Mouton '45 and Pol Roger '14 x 2. Gloating unlimited. I have a new mantra: less work and more perk. I seem to have spent 43, nearly 44, years being invited to wonderful events and refusing the most tempting of invitations because I was too busy working.  So now I am deliberately trying to experience as many as possible of the manifold treats
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All about brandy - in 1999

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 02/10/2019 - 09:47
A recent post in our Members' forum (13 years after the last one in the thread!) reminded me that I promised to publish here all the entries on grape-based spirits that we had to drop from the second edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine to make way for all the new wine entries we wanted to add to the third edition. I needed to be reminded of
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GGs in Wiesbaden 2019 part 1 – Weiss- and Spätburgunders

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 01/10/2019 - 09:47
Michael submits his first report on the Grosse Gewächse 2018s, distinguishing the hype from the truth. Everybody – or almost everybody – who is (or wants to be) somebody in the world of wine writing seemed to be in Wiesbaden at the end of August to pay tribute to the 2018 vintage, which had been hyped as vintage of the century from the moment the
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The world's best vineyards?

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 01/10/2019 - 09:47
A new set of awards hits the wine business. This article has been syndicated. You are probably well aware of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It’s an annual hullabaloo dreamt up in 2002 by Chris Maillard and Joe Warwick of Restaurant magazine in the UK. In the years since then it has been hugely successful, attracting more publicity and sponsors
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Future icons of Australia?

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 30/09/2019 - 09:47
Which wines are likely to define the future of Australian wine? Mike Bennie and Andrew Caillard (pictured above by Wine Australia) are unlikely bedfellows or, more precisely, unlikely co-hosts of a tasting designed to showcase Australian wine’s ‘future icons’. Mike Bennie is an out and out naturalista, co-founder of Rootstock Sydney, an alternative
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Diary of a Willamette cellar rat - part 4

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 30/09/2019 - 09:47
Samantha Cole-Johnson reports from the thick of an underripe harvest, and indulges in a little rant. I am out of clean clothes. Every piece of work clothing I own is stiff with juice and stained. I think my trousers may actually be able to stand up without me in them. In the last four days I’ve worked 53 hours and there was no time for laundry in
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Pink champagne – a serious wine now

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 28/09/2019 - 02:03
The 31 pink champagnes tasted in Champagne recently show just how seriously producers and consumers are taking this category now. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Madame Lily Bollinger, the bicycle-riding woman who came up with the most quotable quote about when one should drink champagne (always, but cleverly put),
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Lessons from 18 years at Hakkasan

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 28/09/2019 - 02:03
It's difficult to think of a restaurant drinks buyer who is more respected and internationally experienced than Christine Parkinson. She has much to teach us all. I first sat down with Christine Parkinson in March 2011. Then, over dim sum cut into eight pieces and four white wines and four red wines, we tried all the eight chosen wines together
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The value of verticals

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 27/09/2019 - 09:48
A clutch of vertical tastings of some special Italian wines, including a Sardinian rarity and a special Vin Santo. Tim writes Vertical tastings are something of a stock-in-trade of the wine world. Tasting multiple vintages of the same wine alongside each other – as opposed to a horizontal tasting of the same vintage, but multiple different wines –
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Sigalas Assyrtiko 2018 Santorini

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 27/09/2019 - 09:48
From €19.90 (on offer), 95 Romanian lei, CA$32, $28, 3,110 yen, HK$240, £29.95, 33.25 Swiss francs, AU$52, 1,170 Taiwan dollars, SG$59 Find this wine On a blazing hot day in late August in Athens, we found ourselves at a fish restaurant in the Plaka, the walls of the atrium of Hadrian’s library rising up on one side of us, the Acropolis high on
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Another triumph for Keller (and Dönnhoff)

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 27/09/2019 - 05:03
The importance of being Keller, or what happened at this year's Bad Kreuznach auction. Everybody would agree that Julian Haart from Piesport on the Mosel is a good winemaker [hear, hear, say Julia and Jancis]. In actual fact, a lot of people probably wouldn’t, because they think he is far better than that. There is general consensus in the
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Rosé champagne - the tasting notes

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 26/09/2019 - 09:47
Pink champagne is no longer frivolous or a cash cow. There are some delicious wines here. It was clear during my whizz around the Champagne region last June that the rosé category is very much alive and well.  It’s still a slight mystery why pink champagne is almost routinely priced higher than its white counterpart, however. When Richard
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Eighth Atlas launched in a monsoon

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 26/09/2019 - 09:47
It was a wet night and our government was in turmoil in London when we invited a wide range of consultants and wine folk to celebrate the forthcoming publication of the new Atlas.  On Tuesday, a monsoonal evening in London with major transport glitches of all sorts, we hosted the UK launch of the 8th edition of The World Atlas of Wine in Vintners
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Argentina's continuing ascent

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 25/09/2019 - 09:49
New member of our expanding team Alistair Cooper MW shares some of his South American expertise. I had the good fortune to work in Mendoza in 2004/2005 as the export manager for a winery. It was an exciting time for me personally and I learnt a huge amount while there. I was near the beginning of my wine journey, so It’s fair to say that my wine
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Our expanding team

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 25/09/2019 - 09:49
We continue to strengthen our team. The latest additions are both high-achieving, London-based Masters of Wine.  Alistair Cooper MW (right) is an independent British wine writer, judge, consultant and educator with over 18 years of experience in the industry. Having studied modern languages, particularly Spanish, at Newcastle University, Alistair
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Mopping up Rhône 2017 - southern reds and whites

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 24/09/2019 - 09:45
This mini-series of mop-up tastings of the Rhône 2017s ends with a collection of wines from the southern Rhône. See also Northern Rhône 2017 whites and Northern Rhône 2017 reds, as well as today's article on Exploring southern Rhône differences. For all our coverage of Rhône 2017, see this guide. In this collection, I was generally impressed by
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Exploring southern Rhône differences

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 24/09/2019 - 09:45
An exploration of the southern Rhône beyond Châteauneuf. See the accompanying tasting notes here. And see this guide for our full coverage of Rhône 2017. With a subject as complex as wine, generalisations are not just inevitable but necessary, and one of the most enduring is that all southern Rhône wine is modelled on Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It’s an
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