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See my tasting notes on 78 Loire Chenins . Chenin Blanc was walking out with Riesling. They had so much in common - they were often pretty dry, but could both be very sweet. Both could be really bubbly sometimes, although they were normally quite. More...
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) is to distill 4 million hl of wine over the next few weeks, enough to fill 533 million bottles, to make way for the 2014 harvest, with the support of what is described in official reports as 'the vast majority of the wine. More...
Monty Waldin writes about this new vineyard venture in Serbia, adding. ' I have absolutely no commercial link with this wine's owner/founder/winemaker Don McCulloch and don't intend to have any commercial link with it. I've given him the barest bit of advice but pro bono . I just think it. More...
When reviewing a book, it is preferable to finish the whole thing before formulating one’s opinion. In that way, it is decidedly different from reviewing a bottle of wine. Finishing the latter very often encourages the expression of opinions, but their integrity is less well assured. I must. More...
Every year we publish tasting notes on the latest primeur releases of the single-vineyard ( Sélections Parcellaires ) wines of the energetic Michel Chapoutier, pioneer of much, including biodynamic viticulture, Braille labels and Franco-Australian joint ventures. Each year it seems as though the. More...
11 Jul - See also Haisma on hail, and Burgundy vintages . 29 Jun - Yohan Castaing sends this very worrying news. The picture is from Nicolas Rossignol's Facebook page. See Burgundy 2012 - the prices for some news of proposed anti-hail measures, which include a system seeding potential. More...
Umay Çeviker writes: Turkey 2023. Is this a vintage prediction or some sort of prediction on climate change? No, it is the date wine producers in Turkey fear because of the long-standing Erdoğan government's mission to turn the secular system into a religious one by the centenary of the. More...
Last Wednesday 11 June 2014 the German wine industry lost one of its all-time great producers, Bernhard Huber, the 55-year-old Spätburgunder wizard of Malterdingen. The last time I met Bernhard Huber was in January 2013 in Mayschoss at the funeral of another great Spätburgunder maker, Wolfgang. More...
This is my final report on what happened on the stage at the MW Florence Symposium  (although see tomorrow's tasting article and also my overview of it on Saturday), my account of the second half of the session on current preoccupations in wine academe. See also the first half .. More...
Based on a report supplied by Yohan Castaing. Update: Jean-Christophe Mau writes to Jancis to say, 'Bad news for Lesparre and Blaignan Chateaux including Preuillac… I lost between 90% and 95% of my production in 15 minutes at 3 am on last Monday morning. Nature is stronger than 7.2. More...
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