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Winemaker Charles Symington, taking on the role of vintage reporter from his brother Paul, sends this forthright summary of current difficulties in the Douro Valley as well as his overview of the latest vintage, plus a brief note on the harvest at their new property in the northern Alentejo, Quinta da Fonte Souto. Further below, Sophia Berquist,
Eastern Slovenia surprises Tam with its gentle, magical beauty and unexpectedly exciting wines. See here for an introduction to this remarkable wine region. What surprised me most about the wines that I tasted was how instantly appealing they were. I'd expected something more rustic, lots of over-enthusiastic oaking, flabbiness and plenty of
It takes an Irishman to persuade a Zimbabwean-Brit to fly to the remotest corner of Slovenia to taste wine on a whim. Actually, it took an Irishman two years, six bottles of wine, some breathtaking drone footage and a lot of persistence … But I got there. Wizz Air (I kid you not, that is the
Burton Anderson, author of so many seminal books on Italian wine, looks back at his favourite wine bottle. The fiasco, in both the traditional Italian sense of the term for a wine container and the universal expression for a flop, has figured with remarkable frequency in my experiences almost from the start. The bulbous bottle with the woven
Is bargain burgundy an oxymoron nowadays? Since so many of us love burgundy but not its prices, it seems sensible to try to seek out the better-priced burgundies. The wines described below are sold either by Domaine Direct, a specialist in top-quality burgundy for decades, or by the Vindependents group of independent wine retailers alluded to in m
Which Sauvignon Blancs improve in bottle? This was an interesting tasting that reminded me how much I enjoy well-made oaked Sauvignon Blancs. It was a reprise of a tasting also organised by Richard Bampfield MW on behalf of Ch Brown five years ago. See Oaked Sauvignon – what works? first published in 2014. After the tasting he had been left with a
Samantha Cole-Johnson bids farewell, for a while. Snow-covered Mount Hood in the background of this view from the Oregon winery. I hate to admit this, but it’s the day of my deadline and I’m only just putting fingers to keyboard (apologies, JR). I kept putting it off and telling myself that it was because we’d be doing more tomorrow and I’d want
An on the spot report from yet another potentially devastating fire in northern California. At 6:30pm yesterday Saturday 26 October local time, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with local authorities, issued the most unprecedented mandatory evacuation order in the history of California. These orders were prompted by
A version of this paean of praise for the variety and sheer quality of Greek wine is published by the Financial Times. See also these tasting notes. Every few months here at JancisRobinson.com, as you may have noticed, we organise a self-pour tasting for wine enthusiasts at Caravan, King’s Cross, in London designed not for profit, but to showcase
A revolutionary way of looking at one of our scarcer but healthiest ingredients. I first met the highly talented but modest Josh Niland in December 2017 after enjoying a fantastic meal at his fish restaurant, Saint Peter, in Paddington, Sydney. I ended my review by writing, ‘Niland has a lot to teach the world’s chefs about fish sourcing and fish
How the wine trade is responding to the new US tariffs. US imports of French, Spanish, German and English wine (but not Italian wine, curiously), plus single malt whisky, are being penalised, along with a wide array of other European products, with an additional 25% tariff imposed on 18 October in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling on
The usual group of interesting wines at relatively keen prices. Of the 57 wines I tasted at The Wine Society's latest showing of its ware to us UK wine writers, I judged eight of them VGV for very good value and a further 11 of them GV for good value. It was impressive to see how many interesting finds their buyers managed to uncover that could
From €16.93, £23.95 Find this wine Running late. Just about made it in time for the speeches. Thankfully, not a wedding, but the UK launch of Jancis and Hugh’s brand new wine atlas for contributors and media at Vintners’ Hall in central London on 24 September. Also, thankfully, there was an array of wines on offer with which to refresh oneself.
A Greek tasting odyssey that took some by surprise. Julia writes From Amyndeo in Greek Macedonia in the far north, not that far from the border with the Republic of North Macedonia, travelling 1,000 miles south to the southern Aegean island of Crete, and from the Ionian island of Cephalonia in the west to the eastern Aegean island of Samos, these
Hot on the heels of our very successful Greek Wine Night, we are now offering you a chance to sample another great collection of wines assembled by one of our expert enthusiasts. Ar Pe Pe's vineyards are pictured. Valtellina is a beautiful hidden corner in the mountainous north of Lombardy in Italy. Wine has been made here for at least 1,500 years
Current and older vintages from 32 producers in the Médoc whose 2017s gained cru bourgeois status. ‘Drinkability is our style’. This was the neat soundbite offered by Olivier Cuvelier, president of the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, when I spoke to him during the London presentation of the recently announced selection of the 2017 vintage.
South African wine writer Malu Lambert happened to be in London when her country’s most famous wine was displayed in all its glory. We asked her for a report. Vin de Constance is living history. It’s South Africa’s most fêted wine, and it has been for centuries. In the early 19th century, Constantia’s sweet wines were all the rage in the European
After his survey of the history of this southern Italian wine, Walter looks at what is being done to assure it of a viable future. See also these accompanying tasting notes. Cirò’s wine spectrum is as diverse and dynamic as any other Italian wine region much further north, however little this is appreciated. Arch-traditionalists with a wealth of
This collection of 41 tasting notes complements Cirò – the past and Cirò – the future. Notes from a flight of seven wines from different producers spanning 1969 to 2013 are followed by tasting reports on some of the most important producers, listed in the order in which they are mentioned in Walter's two introductory articles, as below, with the
The latest audit of the best reds from a particularly gravelly spot on New Zealand's North Island. As long-standing members may remember, the producers of the Gimblett Gravels in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay region submit their wines each year to Andrew Caillard MW for him to make a selection of the dozen wines he thinks best exemplify the vintage.