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German 2019 white and 2018 red strays

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 23/09/2020 - 09:46
The headline may suggest these are also-rans but that would be quite wrong. There are some completely gorgeous wines here, including a dazzling array of J J Prüm's 2019s. Andreas Durst took this picture of Dr Katharina Prüm and her father Manfred overlooking the Mosel from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The wines reviewed here are Jancis's
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What our competition taught a sustainability expert

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 23/09/2020 - 09:46
One of our two external judges in this year’s writing competition, Dr Irina Santiago-Brown, begins her survey of the entries by explaining why she felt moved to write this article. She also compiled the word cloud above from the shortlisted entries. When I was asked to help judge Jancis Robinson.com’s 2020 writing competition (WWC20) as an exter
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Villány, quite frankly

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 22/09/2020 - 09:49
Sun-soaked Villány packs potency into Cabernet Franc but power isn't all that's to be found in this southernmost Hungarian wine region. Villány (pronounced Vee-lun) was the first wine region in Hungary to be restored after the country left the Soviet bloc. It’s the southernmost of all the regions, and with its hot summers and warm winters has
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WWC20 – the shortlist

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 22/09/2020 - 09:49
We are thrilled to publish details of our 18 shortlisted entries in this year's wine writing competition, whose theme was sustainability. Illustrated above is Illahe of Oregon's method of transporting wine to Portland. We have never had such an impressive response to one of our writing competitions as to this year’s competition with its
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Burgundy 2020 – expect inconsistency

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 22/09/2020 - 09:49
Matthew Hayes sends a second report on the wines currently fermenting in the cellars of the Côte d'Or, and what's happening to the north and south of it. The good news for fervent admirers of the notion of terroir is that 2020 could really be it: a benchmark, square-metre definition of Burgundian exceptionality, but not necessarily for all the
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Diego Planeta dies

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 21/09/2020 - 10:34
Walter Speller assesses the life of the giant of Sicilian wine. Diego Planeta, who played a key role in the modernisation of Sicilian viticulture and wine production, died at the age of 80 on Saturday 19 September. Sicily, as well as Italy, mourns a man who was both a highly talented entrepreneur and a visionary. Under his influence Sicilian
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Vermouth – alt wine for the young and hip

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 21/09/2020 - 09:49
Arnica Rowan wonders why on earth this delicious drink is not taken more seriously by wine lovers. There is a quiet revolution going on in the world of wine. From the cobbled streets of Barcelona to the glam restaurants in Vancouver, a fortified drink is being sipped from afternoon to evening. Affluent millennials with scarves tossed around
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Diary of a Napa harvest intern – part 3

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 21/09/2020 - 09:49
Sam Cole-Johnson reports from a harvest that continues, despite fire, smoke and ash. This week harvest started. Oddly enough, I thought that the week in which we worked 17-hour days processing all of the Chardonnay was the start of harvest, or maybe sometime in the last two weeks when we brought in Sangiovese for rosé, or three tons of Pinot
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WWC20 – Aloïs Lageder, Alto Adige

News from Jancis Robinson - zo, 20/09/2020 - 09:49
For our 2020 writing competition, Jessica Weatherbee's entry begins with this introduction, 'Jessica Weatherbee is a professional sommelier in Toronto, Canada. Having a passion for wine and a thirst for learning, Jessica plans to continue her studies with a focus on cool-climate winemaking.' Many more stories about sustainability heroes can be
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WWC20 – Ursa Major, Okanagan Valley

News from Jancis Robinson - zo, 20/09/2020 - 09:49
Today's entry to our writing competition is by Katie Truscott: 'a Canadian who returned to the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia in 2018 after grooming her palate for close to a decade in Johannesburg, South Africa. Katie discovered a passion for wine in 2016 when she started her formal education with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
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WWC20 – Ch Feely, Bergerac

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 19/09/2020 - 09:49
Today's competition entry is not the first article featuring sustainability that the author has written for JancisRobinson.com. 'Caro Feely is a writer, wine educator, yoga teacher and organic biodynamic farmer at Chateau Feely. You can read about the Feely’s journey from the city to a vineyard in France in her three-book series: Grape Expectations
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WWC20 – Kindeli, Nelson

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 19/09/2020 - 09:49
This is Dr Chris Howard's third entry to our writing competition – another sustainability hero from New Zealand. The images were kindly provided by Kindeli and Tinajas Moreno León. Immense Responsibility: Sustainable winegrowing with Kindeli The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they
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Shellfish? No fear!

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 19/09/2020 - 02:04
Something fishy for a change. This summer I lost my fear of langoustines. I was never actually afraid of ordering them in a restaurant – although I have to say that on the pleasure/hard work ratio I always felt that it was the latter that slightly predominated. A great deal of sucking and poking around was necessary for not that much
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Missing 150-year-old madeira

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 19/09/2020 - 02:04
In praise of my desert island wine. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times, and tasting notes on some currently available wines are in Madeiras of the moment. This was meant to be a landmark year. A significant birthday was to be celebrated with friends and family in several different countries. A daughter’s wedding was
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WWC20 – Ver Sacrum, Mendoza

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 18/09/2020 - 09:49
Lisse Garnett's bio, for our sustainability heroes writing competition, is brief and to the point: 'Jobbing wine consultant, anything from serving to buying to making radio, to judging to writing, anything wine related.' Her entry is completely unedited. When Hemmingway spoke about love between two people transcending death he was not thinking
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WWC20 – McCall, Long Island

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 18/09/2020 - 09:49
'Anna-Lisa Campos is a Brooklyn-based wine professional, writer, and volunteer with Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and Open Wine Forum. With well over a decade of experience in the New York City wine trade, she is currently accepting suggestions for a post-pandemic course of action, though at press time she is quite enjoying spending
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Madeiras of the moment

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 18/09/2020 - 09:49
A tasting of Blandy's latest senior releases reminded me of how good madeira can be. So here is a selection of some madeiras currently on the market, most of them far from bank-breaking. There aren’t many wine producers who can launch a century-old wine, but madeira is no ordinary wine. Blandy’s are dribbling a not inconsiderable 1,199 (75-cl)
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Pedro Parra, Imaginador Cinsault 2017/18 Itata

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 18/09/2020 - 09:49
Two contrasting vintages of a true expression of a great, unsung combination of grape and terroir. From $15.99, 1,850 Japanese yen, 76 Polish zloty, £18, €23.45, 180 Danish kroner, 159 Brazilian reais, AU$48. Find this wine Over the last three or four years a number of varietal Cinsaults have drawn me into this southern French variety
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WWC20 – Corison, Napa Valley

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 17/09/2020 - 09:49
Cathy Corison is no stranger to these pages, but today it's her sustainability ethos she is being celebrated for. The author introduces himself thus: 'Chris Struck holds undergraduate degrees in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University & an Executive MBA in Food Marketing from Saint Joseph's University. He has gained
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WWC20 – Franz Weninger, Burgenland and Sopron II

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 17/09/2020 - 09:49
Today’s sustainability heroes writing competition entry is the second vote for Franz Weninger in Austria (not forgetting some vines in Hungary as well), and it starts with the following introduction: ‘I am Katalin Kiszel-Kohari, a Hungarian, originally from the Tokaj Wine region, living in the picturesque Lake District with my family. I work as a
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