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Natural v industrial wine

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 09/04/2020 - 09:49
John Barker is a New Zealand-based lawyer and consultant. He has a long involvement in international wine law and policy, including as the first New World candidate for the role of OIV Director General. Here he puts natural wine in historical context. What is wine? By and large, we take it for granted that wine is made from the fermentation of
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Tomorrow night is English wine night

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 09/04/2020 - 09:49
Tomorrow night a big celebration is planned. Tam hopes you’ve already got your bottle of English wine chilling in the fridge in anticipation. If you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about, it’s #theBIGenglishwinegoodfriday, an idea started by the energetic Jacob Leadley, winemaker and co-founder of Black Chalk Winery, when he tweeted, ‘If every
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Oeno struts its stuff

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 08/04/2020 - 09:47
The first showcase of an ambitious new wine trader reviewed. Oeno boldly claims to be 'more than just a group. It’s a dynamic and innovative entity that sets trends and reshapes the way investors enjoy the fine wine market.' There is certainly no shortage of wine merchants’ ‘portfolio’ tastings in London, where the aim is to showcase their
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Wine online – lockdown learning

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 08/04/2020 - 09:47
A guide to some of the many online opportunities to commune with wine that have emerged recently. Without sharing, a large part of wine’s appeal is lost. We are social creatures, and wine has always been a way of bringing people together. When, thanks to the current pandemic, sharing in person becomes impossible – something that would have
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Where Portugal is now – reds

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 07/04/2020 - 09:47
Nearly 150 red wines reviewed here, all from one of the most exciting wine-producing countries in the world. Paul Symington took this picture in the Douro Valley. I find it hard to bridle my enthusiasm for Portuguese wines, white as well as red, and have no intention of doing so, as you will see from my notes below. The impetus for tasting
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Burgundy producers' views on climate change

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 07/04/2020 - 09:47
Matthew Hayes follows up his report on the effects of climate change on the Côte d'Or with interviews at Domaines de Villaine, J-F Mugnier and Mongeard-Mugneret as well as with new négociant Laurent Ponsot. This portrait of Freddy Mugnier was taken by Steen Öhman of www.winehog.org. Update on frost risk at the bottom of this article. For any
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How ancient trumps modern

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 06/04/2020 - 09:47
Derek Mossman Knapp of Garage Wines reports on how his agricultural community in Maule, southern Chile, has been coping with the pandemic. Well, is his conclusion. The mammoth earthquake on the eve of the 2010 harvest left our vineyards unscathed and we simply got on with the vintage. Such a catastrophe was supposed to be a once-a-century event
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Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 7

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 06/04/2020 - 09:47
Somehow, Samantha Cole-Johnson has managed to produce this, the final instalment of her vintage diary, even though she must be exhausted and jetlagged after a 63-hour journey back to the Pacific Northwest from South Australia. She ends by comparing her first-hand experience of winemaking in Oregon and Australia. I realise that in my last journal
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Fishy business in Glasgow

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 04/04/2020 - 02:02
This review appears as a matter of record only. The restaurants described are, sadly, closed until further notice. On our return to London, at the end of every trip that has included some good eating, I am always asked by Jancis, ‘Which of all our meals was your most enjoyable?’ In this particular case, I was stumped for an accurate answer
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How to sell wine

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 04/04/2020 - 02:02
A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Wine collections have a habit of getting out of hand, as I outlined last week in The collecting instinct. Those who wanted to sell surplus wine in the old days had little choice. It pretty much had to be via an auction run by either Sotheby’s or Christie’s, first in London
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Meerlust, Rubicon 2016 Stellenbosch

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 03/04/2020 - 09:47
Amid all the excitement about new-wave South Africa, we should not overlook its classic wines. From 409 rand, €23.80, 259 Swedish kronor, £23.50, $29.99, AU$49.95, HK$245 Find this wine My wine of the week is a South African classic, which is something of a feat given how South Africa’s vibrant, exciting wine industry has evolved in the
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Uncorked – unmissable or incomprehensible?

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 03/04/2020 - 09:47
Contrasting views on a new movie with a wine-related theme, from wine writer Maggie Rosen and from Jancis. Maggie Rosen writes Uncorked (a Netflix feature film, written and directed by Prentice Penny) is a clever and engaging take on the trope of the domineering old-school father, Louis (Courtney B Vance), who expects his son to take over the
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Bordeaux 2010 tasted blind – left-bank reds

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 02/04/2020 - 09:47
A tannic assault: 90 left-bank reds from the 2010 vintage. See this guide to all our previous coverage of the vintage. Following on from yesterday’s Bordeaux 2010 tasted blind – right-bank reds and sweet whites, below are my reviews of the left-bank reds tasted in London in February, an annual event brilliantly organised by Farr Vintners in
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Update from a COVID-19 sufferer

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 02/04/2020 - 09:47
Ali got better, and then got worse. And muses on the anosmia that seems to affect so many sufferers. I last wrote an update on day nine of my suspected COVID-19 infection. I had recently totally lost my sense of smell and taste, yet it was slowly returning. It is now 1 April (I can’t think of any prank that can come close to what we are living
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Bordeaux 2010 tasted blind – right-bank reds and sweet whites

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 01/04/2020 - 09:45
A second helping of bordeaux 2010s, this time tasted blind. See also BI's 2010 bordeaux showcase. As Jancis wrote in Bordeaux – better at ageing than selling, ‘Tradition has it that superior red bordeaux starts to be ready to drink at around 10 years of age’. This was certainly true of some of the 146 bordeaux 2010 reds I tasted blind during a
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An Italian coronadiary – day 19

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 01/04/2020 - 09:45
In her final diary entry from San Polino in Montalcino, Katia Nussbaum asks if we are willing to change. Click on the Katia's diary tag for days 1–18. See also this thread about the diary in our Members' forum. Day 19: 28 March 2020 This is the last day of my coronadiary. 19 days to mark COVID-19. Everyone has come in to work. Tini in the
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A Lea & Sandeman summer dozen

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 31/03/2020 - 09:49
London retailer Lea & Sandeman, who had to cancel their major summer tasting, submitted these 12 wines for tasting in a lockdown situation. I was happy to co-operate, and feel confident that most of these wines will be available in other countries. The coronavirus-related restrictions robbed London wine shop group Lea & Sandeman of their usual
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An Italian coronadiary – days 17 and 18

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 31/03/2020 - 09:49
In which Katia Nussbaum's son manages to track down face masks, everyone feels paranoid, and she and her husband meet in the vineyard. Click on the Katia's diary tag for earlier entries. Last entry tomorrow. Day 17: 26 March 2020 So this morning I wake up to snow! Not much, but patchily white over the fields. I don’t think enough to damage
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Pandemic effects – California and Oregon

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 30/03/2020 - 09:48
How West Coast wine producers are coping with coronavirus-induced shutdown. Rather admirably in some cases. California and Oregon have both instituted statewide stay-at-home measures, though such recommendations are far less strict than what has been seen in much of Asia, Europe or New Zealand. Residents are urged to stay at home and only
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An Italian coronadiary – days 15 and 16

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 30/03/2020 - 09:48
Katia Nussbaum's thoughts turn to photons as she and her family start a third week in lockdown at their San Polino estate in Montalcino. Her intention is to stop at day 19, a nod to the name of the disease caused by this current virus. Click on the Katia's diary tag for all the previous diary entries. Day 15: 24 March 2020 I wake, stretch
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