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M&S and Morrisons audit

vr, 29/11/2019 - 09:45
Our retail specialist Andy Howard MW compares what's on offer from two of the UK's most important retail chains. Both Morrisons and Marks & Spencer, substantial UK retailers, have had a chequered recent history. Marks & Spencer has been going since 1884. Once named ‘the nation’s favourite retailer’ the company has scaled many peaks. At one point
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Rhône 2018 – southern whites

do, 28/11/2019 - 09:45
Tasting notes for southern Rhône whites from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. If big, glutinous whites are your preference, then there's a lot to enjoy in the 2018 vintage of whites from the southern Rhône.
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Our unique Old Vines Register

do, 28/11/2019 - 07:29
28 November 2019 On this Thanksgiving Day we give thanks for all the ancient vines that have somehow escaped being pulled out in favour of younger, more productive vines by republishing this list of particularly ancient plantings. Many of them are capable of producing hugely distinctive wines, and of course can provide genetic material that is
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Memories of Gary Rhodes

wo, 27/11/2019 - 21:03
A well-known British chef, author and TV star is lost far too young. The news that yesterday the chef Gary Rhodes  died suddenly has been greeted by all the media with the requisite amount of sadness and grief. This is for two extremely good reasons. The first is that he was only 59. This is far too young an age for someone who has given so much
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Climate change discussed in Montreal

wo, 27/11/2019 - 09:48
Alistair Cooper MW reports on a conference in Canada. An unseasonably cold and snowy Montreal played host to Tasting Climate Change, an informative and engaging wine-industry conference held on 12 November. The global climatic conditions then current provided a poignant and powerful backdrop for the event. Venice was underwater with its second
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Rhône 2018 – other southern reds

wo, 27/11/2019 - 09:45
Tasting notes for southern Rhône reds from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. Cooler terroirs such as Gigondas had an advantage in the summer heatwave of 2018, and are less prone to the clumsiness and over
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Rhône 2018 – Châteauneuf Cuvées Spéciales

di, 26/11/2019 - 09:48
Tasting notes for special cuvées from Châteauneuf-du-Pape's 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. This category of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is supposed to showcase particular winemaking intentions: single-varietal wines,
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All change in Champagne

di, 26/11/2019 - 09:48
The Champagne region has been changing rapidly – possibly more than any other. This is the last of the articles I have, for the last 15 years, syndicated to publications around the world. More details in Jancis Robinson – the long version. It seems only moments ago that wine producers the world over routinely, and enviously, cited champagne as the
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Rhône 2018 – Châteauneuf Tradition bottlings

ma, 25/11/2019 - 08:46
Tasting notes for Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. Downy mildew at flowering meant that the 2018 crop of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was severely depleted, and while some very good wines
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Valtellina report 2019 – part 2

ma, 25/11/2019 - 08:46
Two-thousand-year-old alpine viticulture on impossibly steep slopes starring primus inter pares Nebbiolo, Valtellina is surely bound to become Italy’s next cult wine region, argues Walter. See also part 1 for the history of the region and for tasting notes. In Valtellina the mighty Nebbiolo reigns supreme. Of the valley’s 890 ha (2,200 acres) of
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Varied welcomes in Napa Valley

za, 23/11/2019 - 09:45
Travellers' tales continue... When we arrived at 3 pm at the Wine Country Inn in the Napa Valley straight from Melbourne we were, not surprisingly, tired, hungry and thirsty. ‘Don’t worry,’ I told Jancis. We’ll get a biscuit and a cup of tea at the Inn.’ This observation was based on our last visit in early 1981 when we stayed there to buy wines
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Picking out the best from Tesco and Sainsbury's

vr, 22/11/2019 - 09:45
Our retail specialist Andy Howard MW runs his experienced eye over the books of Britain's two retail giants and his experienced palate over their current wine ranges. Tesco and Sainsbury's – the UK’s two biggest supermarkets – account for over 42% of the grocery market. Tesco declared six-month results in October, while Sainsbury's announced their
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Luna Beberide M Mencía 2018 Bierzo

vr, 22/11/2019 - 09:45
A bargain Spanish red from a favourite very local grape variety. From €5.75, 10.70 Swiss francs (if you buy 6 bottles), £9.95, 1,071 roubles, SG$39 Find this wine I have long been fascinated by the Mencía grape of north-west Spain. The first article to mention it on this website was Some snippets from around the wine world published back in
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Good festive buys 2019 - fizz

vr, 22/11/2019 - 02:00
More than 20 recommended relative bargains of a sparkling nature. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. All over the world, in sometimes unlikely quarters, I’m discovering really thrilling sparkling wines. They tend to be made in strictly limited quantities and are not widely distributed but clearly more and more
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Rhône 2018 – northern whites

do, 21/11/2019 - 09:46
Tasting notes for northern Rhône whites from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. In a vintage characterised by an extended hot spell in the summer, it is hardly surprising that the 2018 vintage of Rhône whites
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Adventures in the southern Rhône

do, 21/11/2019 - 08:01
21 November 2019 Yesterday, in Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône, Richard reported that the iconic Château Rayas is not planning to release any 2018 at all, thanks to the predations of downy mildew in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We therefore thought we would republish in our Throwback Thursday series this six-year-old article that is substantially
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Rhône 2018 – northern reds

wo, 20/11/2019 - 09:46
Tasting notes for northern Rhône reds from the 2018 vintage. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. For a more in-depth look at the vintage, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. The best-performing category in the Rhône's 2018 vintage is northern reds. For any fan of Syrah, there is a huge range of excellent
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Rhône 2018 – a guide to our coverage

wo, 20/11/2019 - 09:46
An overview of our coverage of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône. Château Rayas had particular cause to obscure its famously hidden sign (pictured) this year because it isn't releasing any wines from the vintage. To find out why, alongside the story of the vintage in the rest of the region, see Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône. As far as tasting
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Lifting the lid on 2018 in the Rhône

wo, 20/11/2019 - 09:46
The inside story of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône valley. For a guide to our coverage of the Rhône 2018 vintage, see this article. If there’s one word that sums up the 2018 vintage in the Rhône, it’s ‘unsummupable’. Rhône wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintage were almost universally admired, and the only thing required was to nit-pick between
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Chocolate, not just for port

di, 19/11/2019 - 09:46
Artisan chocolate is trendy, but is it wine-worthy? I’m not a chocolate lover. I’m not even much of a chocolate eater. So it may have been contrary for me to have agreed to test some chocolate samples. But the cynic in me was provoked by their PR’s email to Jancis, which began, ‘I wanted to get in touch with expert insight from Original Beans, the
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