The Purple Pages digest – July


Every month, we bring you a free digest of the very best bits from, as well as:

  • previews of what's to come
  • flashbacks to the top stories on 10 years ago
  • highlights from our events calendar
  • and free access to two Purple Pages articles from the preceding month.
JULY saw 63 articles added to bringing our total over the 10,000 mark, showing that not even a heatwave can slow us down. Here are a few of the hottest numbers we had on the books: And while the rest of the northern hemisphere is on holiday, in AUGUST, the team at is as busy as ever. Look out for:
  • A look at Huet's legendary Vouvrays
  • Walter spilling secrets about the mafia
  • A lot more on Germany 2012 from Michael, Julia and Jancis
  • Our first-ever indepth look at Navarra complete with 112 tasting notes by our new Spanish specialist, Ferran Centelles
  • A rare comparison of Bordeaux from 2009 to 2012, valiantly garnered by Julia under less than ideal tastig conditions
  • More from Julia as she assesses the Equipo Navazos new releases
  • Walter's encounter with Chiara Boschis, the glamour girl of Barolo
FROM THE ARCHIVE - a nostalgic look back at breaking news of July 2003:
  • Masochism squared – the first MW to climb Mt Everest (who has also, incidentally, just become the first-ever American chairman of the MW Institute)
  • David Hohnen, founding father of Cloudy Bay (and described by Jancis as a could-have-been 'fine male model') steps down from his iconic winery after 18 years at the helm. McHentry Hohnen was the result
  • Rather coincidentally, a Huet tasting back to 1947, which will make for an interesting comparison with the more up-to-date Huet tasting (also going back to 1947) that Jancis will publish at the end of this month
  • Tim James grills Jancis on the dangers of competition tasting and trends in the South African wine industry
... and don't forget our August events diary, your guide to wine events worldwide, including: