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German 2020 releases – Ahr, Baden, Sachsen, Württemberg

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 02/07/2020 - 09:49
No Weinbörse in Mainz this year? No problem, says Michael, bedazzled by the 2019 vintage. This is the first of a series of tasting reports from Michael's own home in the Ahr Valley. Every year at the end of April the VDP holds a presentation in Mainz of the most recent vintage. As many as 200 growers show their wares, which means there are about
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A tale of thwarted South African ambition

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 02/07/2020 - 09:49
As a response to South Africa – a social progress report, we are publishing a series of personal accounts of experiences of the current situation. In the first, Elton Greeve, managing director of EMG Agri Solutions, recounts some disheartening experiences trying to get transformation and empowerment projects off the ground and argues the need for a
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Summer writing competition 2020

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 01/07/2020 - 09:45
Announcing our annual summer writing competition … entries very welcome throughout July and the first half of August. Back in what now seems like another world and another age, but in fact was just January this year, we announced the winners of our 20th-anniversary competition. One of them was Steve Connolly of Liverpool, who wrote, ‘I think
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Best buys in Waitrose's 25% off promotion

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 01/07/2020 - 09:45
Andrew Howard MW, who used to buy wine for Marks & Spencer, marks Waitrose’s card as they begin one of their offers of 25% off any six bottles of wine and champagne. The offer ends 7 July. So much has changed since the arrival of the coronavirus that it is almost impossible to believe how different things were seven months ago. Having wrapped up
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The story of wine in Hong Kong

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 30/06/2020 - 09:45
Jo Purcell, the British wine merchant with the longest presence in Hong Kong, reflects on the wine revolution she has witnessed. When I first came to HK in 1994 there were really only about 25 wine importers in total. The list that I used when I worked for Decanter wine shop in HK is below – very different from the scene these days. Hong Kong's roster of wine importers in 1994Coming
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'The DRC of the southern hemisphere'?

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 30/06/2020 - 09:45
Australia's most famous Pinot producer has changed hands. Max finds out what is planned, and hoped for. When I visited Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip vineyard in Gippsland, south-east of Melbourne, in late February, the 74-year-old winemaker gave no indication he was in the final, stressful stages of selling his beloved business. Instead
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The Riviera's own wine region

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 29/06/2020 - 09:45
Roderick Smith MW offers us a deliciously escapist taste of Nice wine, together with these atmospheric images of Bellet. As long-haul travel seems likely to be curtailed for some time, I thought it might be of interest to Europeans to discover a little-known wine region in a particularly accessible part of Europe. It is not short of visitors but
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A can hunt in the USA

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 29/06/2020 - 09:45
Miami-based Sarah Phillips of Liv-ex, winner of last summer's writing competition, swapped classed growths for canned wine for a while – all on our behalf. See also a couple of recommended alternatively packaged wines at the end of this article. Last Saturday, I poured a can of Cabernet Sauvignon into a decanter. It doesn’t sound right, does it
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South Africa – fewer halos?

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 29/06/2020 - 09:45
We want to set the record straight with some personal accounts of Black experiences in the SA wine industry. The first inkling that my social progress report on South Africa published a week ago might be incomplete came when the (white) CEO of Wines of South Africa Siobhan Thompson sent an email via Jo Wehring, WOSA’s UK market manager, saying,
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Mange, still on the move

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 27/06/2020 - 02:00
Nick writes his first review in nearly four months. The coronavirus has wrought many changes in many households but in few have the repercussions been as deep-seated, if not perhaps as immediately obvious, as in our home. To all intents and purposes, the two of us carry on typing as fast as we can, in our separate offices, about our related
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Stars of tomorrow?

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 27/06/2020 - 02:00
Wines can go from bargains to extravagances remarkably quickly. I put my head on the block and suggst some future cult wines. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Since the early 1990s the Pomerol known as Le Pin has fetched prices that rival those of Petrus, the most expensive red bordeaux there is. Even young wines
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Berry Bros & Rudd dozen

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 26/06/2020 - 09:45
Wines from £12.25 to £29.95 from Britain's most venerable wine merchant, whose beginnings owe much to a rival stimulant. See this guide to our survey of dozens selected by other UK wine merchants. Now that it is a Rudd rather than a Berry who is in charge, Berry Bros are even more insistent on the ‘& Rudd’ that has so often been omitted in
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Thomson & Scott, Noughty NV Sparkling Wine

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 26/06/2020 - 09:45
Could Tamlyn have found the holy grail? From £8.99, HK$95, €10.73, NZ$19.99, AU$19.99, $14.99 To find this wine, see the list at the end of the article. Recently, in The highs and lows of alcohol, Jancis wrote, ‘Developing a no-alcohol wine that tastes good is regarded as the holy grail by the world’s biggest wine companies but in my
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South Africa – Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 25/06/2020 - 09:45
Here is the second half of a photo report of visits to some of South Africa's leading producers. See also the first half on Constantia, Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde and South Africa – a social progress report. After visiting the cooler regions on the south coast we took the attractive drive north from Hemel and over the beautiful, winding
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Tip-top grower champagnes?

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 24/06/2020 - 09:45
A comparison of current releases from six of the most admired single-estate producers in Champagne with two similarly styled wines from houses, plus a range of Ulysse Collin wines. Corks from the grower champagnes pictured above, together with a champagne star to ease obdurate corks out of bottle necks and a champagne stopper. Our fellow Master
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2019 primeur campaign considered

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 24/06/2020 - 09:45
Nick Martin of Wine Owners, who has been providing such valuable analyses of each new Bordeaux 2019 release on our Members' forum, has this to say about the campaign overall. We wish him some R&R now, communing with his beloved bike, seen here in the Yorkshire Dales. See this guide to our extensive coverage of the vintage. Who knew? Back in
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Visit Chambolle-Musigny with us

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 23/06/2020 - 09:45
Engaged Purple Pager Jonathan Reeve, author of How to abstain (and author of a useful guide to wine tourism which awaits a time when such a thing is possible), points out that what he wants from JancisRobinson.com at this time of travel restrictions is escapism. We therefore offer the first in an occasional series of photo-portraits of a wine
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Hungary – the volcanic rocks of Tokaj

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 23/06/2020 - 09:45
Tam visits and tastes a wide range of wines from Hungary's most famous wine region and finds some gems – both people and wine. Stand in any of the cru vineyards of Tokaj and you’ll be standing at the foothills of the Zemplén Mountains on an old volcano – one of the 400 that make up a wine region revered for nearly 400 years for its golden sweet
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Clos de la Roche dinner

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 22/06/2020 - 09:45
The perfect way to assess a grand cru. Many thanks to wine photographer Jon Wyand for this image, too. Meals at which nothing but grand cru burgundy is served are, alas, becoming rarer and rarer as burgundy prices have escalated so fast. But the Notting Hill Grand Wine Club was kind enough to invite Nick and me to their Clos de la Roche dinner
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South Africa – a social progress report

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 22/06/2020 - 09:45
In my article on The many hues of wine talent on Saturday, I promised to devote a more detailed article to the delicate question of race within South Africa’s wine industry. South Africa of course has had further to travel than most countries in any attempt at racial equality because it inherited the hangover from apartheid whereby all the
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