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Covid operations – eyewitness reports from Asia

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 11/03/2020 - 09:46
Richard sends a measured account of how the Asian wine scene is weathering the coronavirus storm. For a brief while there, hand sanitiser became a more desirable type of alcohol than red burgundy in Asia (the main picture shows free hand sanitiser on offer at my local mall). Yet as Covid-19 is now spreading rapidly across the west, the degree of
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The world's first volcanic wine fair

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 10/03/2020 - 09:47
A ground-breaking, fascinating and delicious tasting in the heart of the Auvergne. There’s nothing flashy about the Auvergne winegrowers, unless you count the flashing red lights (right) and the slightly wearing sound effects in the exhibition space of the 40-ha (100-acre) Vulcania theme park (below, in rather better weather than during our
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Smoke gets in your eyes

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 10/03/2020 - 09:47
A cool assessment of the effects – both marked and negligible – of Australia's recent bushfires. This pall of bushfire smoke hung over Sydney Harbour as early as last December. The fires are out. The rains have come. But as the 2020 grape harvest rumbles on across south-eastern Australia, winegrowers are still coming to grips with the drama of
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Royal Tokaji's latest releases

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 09/03/2020 - 09:47
Tom Parker, enthused by recent changes at this estate, follows up on our recent articles on dry Furmint with tasting notes. When I tasted these wines in early January it had been three years since Royal Tokaji were last in London to showcase their sweet Aszú wines. It’s not that they had been deliberately avoiding the UK market, but these famous
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Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 3

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 09/03/2020 - 09:47
Sam Cole-Johnson is still waiting for the 2020 vintage to really get going. Our winemaker told me that the lead up to harvesting our red grapes (we’re nearly done with white grapes, which make up only about 5% of production) is one of the most difficult times of the year for him. Everyone from vineyard manager to vintage casual is ready to get
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The restorative properties of a Single Thread

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 07/03/2020 - 02:02
Nick falls for one of Sonoma's most famous restaurants. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. We arrived outside the corner site occupied by the Single Thread restaurant-with-rooms in Healdsburg, northern California, hungry, thirsty and somewhat exhausted after a day spent tramping the nearby vineyards. Within five
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The Argentine wine revolution

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 07/03/2020 - 02:02
What's very good, and occasionally bad, about the substantially transformed Argentine wine scene. A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Just back from my first trip in five years to Argentina, the world’s fifth-biggest wine producer, I am convinced that Argentine wine producers are very, very good at many things
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Shhh – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's 2017s

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 06/03/2020 - 09:47
The hottest tasting ticket in town. But you may open your mouth for only one purpose. Are you always confused when the Democratic Republic of Congo is abbreviated to DRC? Surely for you as a wine lover, DRC stands for something else? Even though I understand that those close to the fabled Domaine de la Romanée-Conti disapprove of abbreviating
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Fuentes del Silencio, Las Jaras 2016 VDT Castillo y León

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 06/03/2020 - 09:47
From €16.35, $22.50, £19.95 Find this wine The wines of the week section has always been one of my favourites as a reader and follower of JancisRobinson.com. I think there will be many of you who agree with me. You should know that it is also one of the most fun to write because it allows contributors to be subjective and explain those
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Argentina v Chile

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 05/03/2020 - 09:45
5 March 2020 We thought, in view of the Argentine tasting article published today, it might be interesting to draw your attention to the very first article we published about Argentine (and Chilean) wine almost two decades ago. (We've updated the links in the first paragraph but not in the tasting notes.) It was inspired by the first major
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New-wave Argentine Malbecs

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 05/03/2020 - 09:45
A style of wine that has been particularly popular in the US has had a makeover. See also Argentina v Chile, our first-ever article about Argentine wine rescued from the 2001 archives and republished today. It was inspired by the first major generic tasting of Argentine wine abroad, in London, on 9/11. My week in Argentina last month served only
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Saffredi – almost from the beginning

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 04/03/2020 - 09:45
A vertical tasting of the most famous wine of the deep south of the Maremma, a companion piece to Saffredi 2004 back to 1987. Notching up 30 successful vintages of an untried wine in a newish wine area is quite an achievement. To have stocks of the most successful ones to show off at a thirtieth anniversary tasting is another. A crowd of
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Climate change in Burgundy

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 04/03/2020 - 09:45
Matthew Hayes reports. Might a vineyard like this one in the Hautes-Côtes be home to Syrah? Twenty years ago, no one ever pronounced the C-word. Now it’s on everybody’s lips, in every news bulletin and visible in every back garden in northern Europe. February is the new March, or so it seems. The C-word is of course CLIMATE, and more
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Auvergne – quiet volcanoes and lively wines

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 03/03/2020 - 09:45
A little French wine region with an explosive opportunity. See also my 40+ tasting notes. In this article I focus on the Auvergne region, which I visited for the first time at the end of January. Next week I will be writing about the recent success of a group of Auvergne producers in organising the first-ever international volcanic wine fair
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Auvergne – tasting notes

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 03/03/2020 - 09:45
Tasting notes on 41 wines from the dynamic but little-known Auvergne wine region in central France. For the background to the region and its distinctive soils and topography, see Auvergne – quiet volcanoes and lively wines. My photo shows a vineyard in Boudes, the southernmost subregion in the Côtes d'Auvergne appellation, named after the
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San Guido's 2020 releases

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 02/03/2020 - 09:45
Sassicaia 2017 proves a very different kettle of fish from the 2016. And a preview of the 2018 vintage in Bolgheri too... Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, in conjunction with UK importer Armit, presented the latest releases of her family’s Tenuta San Guido estate in Bolgheri. One advantage for us wine professionals of being in London is that it
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Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 2

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 02/03/2020 - 09:45
Samantha Cole-Johnson regales us with tales of a rather unsatisfactory week. This week was … bleak. While we have started processing more white grapes, the yields on whites have been badly affected by the poor fruit set and temperature fluctuations and we haven’t managed to process more than six tons in a day. Only once have we split the
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Winery restaurants considered

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 29/02/2020 - 02:01
How do winery owners put wine together with its most congenial partner? I can still vividly recall my first meal in what was then one of the very few winery restaurants in the world. It was 8 April (my birthday) and it was in the Robert Mondavi winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. The location should not surprise any reader. Robert, as well as
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Bordeaux – better at ageing than selling?

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 29/02/2020 - 02:01
A rather shorter version of this article about a retrospective tasting of 2010 bordeaux is published by the Financial Times. See also my tasting notes. Next month Bordeaux château owners will be attempting to stir up interest from wine merchants and commentators round the globe in their embryonic 2019s. But who on earth in this unsettled world
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Seven new MWs announced

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 28/02/2020 - 11:16
A preponderance of women, and lots of sustainability in the research papers. The Institute of Masters of Wine has just announced seven new MWs of five different nationalities: four women and three men. There is a certain theme to three of the research papers demanded of successful candidates once they have passed both theory and practical exams
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