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Silvio Nardi Brunello – back to 1968

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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
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Castello ColleMassari Rosso Riserva 2015 Montecucco

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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
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Some stars of Ribera del Duero

do, 17/10/2019 - 09:46
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
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Greek Wine Night in pictures

do, 17/10/2019 - 09:46
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
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Cirò – the past

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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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