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Gymkhana after the fire

za, 21/03/2020 - 02:02
Two of London's finest Indian restaurants are now flourishing – or at least they were PC (pre coronavirus). A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. In California recently, I found two questions preoccupying my food-conscious friends. The first addressed the implications of Brexit on our hospitality industry, about which
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Anderson Valley – the tasting notes

vr, 20/03/2020 - 09:47
A source of pretty Pinot Noir well worth investigating. Over the years I’ve been intrigued by the Anderson Valley, in Mendocino county way north of the well-trodden wine roads of Napa and Sonoma. Navarro Vineyards’ dogged embrace of keenly priced Riesling and Gewurztraminer caught my attention many years ago. (Our picture shows the typically
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Arcari + Danesi, Grace Rosato 2018 Italy

vr, 20/03/2020 - 09:47
From Botticino to Grand Central station. Buy this and help seriously underequipped hospitals in northern Italy.  From €14.12, 18.32 Swiss francs, £17.30, $20.99 Find this wine This wine of the week is, believe it or not, inspired by the pandemic that is cursing the world, with the worst rate of infections in Italy. The greatest
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Wine retailers who'll deliver to self-isolators

do, 19/03/2020 - 09:47
A list of about 200 wine retailers, all over the world, keen to deliver to those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus.  Yesterday just before 1 pm, Walter, locked down in northern Italy, suggested we compile a list of all those independent wine retailers who are willing to deliver to those who are self-isolating, or obeying orders to 'shelter
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J Michael Broadbent MW RIP

wo, 18/03/2020 - 10:16
We have lost one of the wine world's best-known personalities. Michael Broadbent, a towering figure in the history of wine, died late last night at the age of 92. It was Michael who restarted wine auctions, at Christie’s in 1966, thereby establishing London as the thriving centre of the world’s fine-wine trade, a title it has recently
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Kellers favour Kabinett

wo, 18/03/2020 - 09:46
The latest vintage of whites and reds, some brand new wines, and a spotlight on Kabinett, from three generations of the Keller family in Rheinhessen. There was still some snow on higher ground when I arrived in the little town of Flörsheim-Dalsheim on the last Friday in February. As Klaus Peter Keller drove me to see a new vineyard (location
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Too many grapes in CA and WA

di, 17/03/2020 - 09:46
America's two most important winegrowing states are suffering serious over-supply while demand slackens.  One of the most hotly anticipated press conferences in the wine world each year (if ever such an event could be said to be eagerly awaited) has long been the release of Rob McMillan’s annual State of the Wine Industry Report. An executive
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Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 4

ma, 16/03/2020 - 09:46
Samantha Cole-Johnson had a bit more to get her teeth into last week, and notes some real contrasts between Australia and the US. My working days aren’t long yet and I’m not giddy with exhaustion; but I do have a fair amount of juice on my clothing and the winery has 14 fermenters full of Shiraz! Harvest is officially underway – Hallalujah!
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Viñateros – where the wild things are

za, 14/03/2020 - 02:01
A version of this article, title inspired by Maurice Sendak's book pictured below, is published by the Financial Times. ‘This couldn’t possibly happen in Spain', leading Spanish wine writer Luis Gutiérrez assured me at the end of last month as he looked round one of the Royal Horticultural Halls in London packed with Spanish wine producers. W
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Eating, drinking and staying in Napa

za, 14/03/2020 - 02:01
The city that wine and flood-defences transformed. In a striking demonstration of how the city of Napa has changed over the past decade, here is an interesting fact. It is possible to buy a cappuccino almost anywhere along Main and First Streets, but when I asked the receptionist at the Archer Hotel where we staying where was the nearest
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Awfully Neiss

vr, 13/03/2020 - 09:46
Michael drowns in fine wine from the cooler northern Pfalz. I have been aware of the wine estate of Neiss in the northern Pfalz since 2001 when I recommended it in my role as German wine consltant to Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia.  At that stage I had searched the country high and low since the 1980s for German Pinot Noir that I could actually
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Fitapreta, A Touriga Vai Nua 2018 VR Alentejano

vr, 13/03/2020 - 09:46
Ferran's wine of the week last Friday is a hard act to follow but here's an aromatic and well-priced Portuguese red to captivate your senses. Find this wine From £15.88, 149 Swedish kronor, 15.90 Swiss francs, $19.97, €20, CA$39.40 I first tasted Fitapreta wines from Portugal’s sunny Alentejo region back in 2008, and included their
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Michel Roux OBE RIP

vr, 13/03/2020 - 09:46
Britain has lost one of its most important culinary influences. Michel Roux, brother of Albert and uncle of the TV star Michel Roux Jr, died yesterday at the age of 79 at his home in Bray, Berkshire, the small Thames-side village his Waterside Inn restaurant put on the culinary map when he and Albert opened it in 1972. Jancis and I knew him
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Where Spanish wine might go

do, 12/03/2020 - 09:46
12 March 2020 This ancient article has been revived to accompany today's super-enthusiastic tasting article Viñateros –bigger and even better. 14 March 2004 The following was written for the newspaper published at Alimentaria, the food and wine fair held in Barcelona last week where I was invited to give a talk at the wine forum in one corner of
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Viñateros – bigger and even better

do, 12/03/2020 - 09:46
The second edition of a thrilling showing of some of the finest, and quirkiest, wines of Spain. See my overview on Saturday. We're very blasé in London about wine tastings, being offered so many so often. But every now and then one comes along that really sets UK wine professionals alight. The New Wave South Africa tastings are fine examples
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Argentina 2020 – mainly whites

wo, 11/03/2020 - 09:46
In the second of my three Argentine tasting articles, I consider Argentine wine when it's not red. See also New-wave Argentine Malbecs.  The first of many wine tastings I enjoyed during a recent week in Argentina was in the private room of the new-wave Chila restaurant in Buenos Aires with BA native Andrés Rosberg MS (seen here with the bottles)
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Covid operations – eyewitness reports from Asia

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

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

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

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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