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    Does oaked Sauvignon Blanc make old bones?

    This tasting of older vintages of oaked Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux and the Loire turned out to be a classic case of inconclusiveness but an…

    25 Feb 2016 Julia Harding MW
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    Winemakers do a U-turn

    This article is also published in the Financial Times.In my little puddle of vinous life I am becoming aware of the most massive U-turn on the part of…

    4 Oct 2014 Jancis Robinson
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    Florentine foibles

    This article was originally published on Purple Pages, in the Don't quote me section reserved for opinion rather than news. We are making it Free for…

    22 May 2014 Jancis Robinson
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    The first family of oak

    Gareth Skidmore lives in Burgundy, where he works as a translator and  teaches wine-business English to Burgundians.St-Romain - a sleepy little…

    28 Mar 2012 Guest contributor
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    How an oak barrel is made

    The film below shows how oak barrels are made, at Australia's only winery cooperage, at Yalumba in the Barossa Valley. (The photograph below shows an…

    5 Dec 2011 Richard Hemming MW
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    Pingus - less new oak, more transparency

    I've known Peter Sisseck ever since a very cold morning in December 1998. I used to take advantage of a long weekend we have in early December in…

    16 Nov 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    A tale of tannin – Giacomo Fenocchio

    Although it may seem from my previous reports on the Langhe (see Aldo Conterno and Giuseppe Rinaldi) that I am trying to cram the recent history…

    25 Jan 2011 Walter Speller
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    Oak as shoulder pad

    This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times.Twenty years ago wine producers around the world measured their success…

    6 Nov 2010 Jancis Robinson
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    Biodynamic barrels?

    San Francisco barrel broker Mel Knox wrote this in 2001 and, in the noble spirit of recycling, has sent it for us to savour, in response to this…

    9 Mar 2009 Guest contributor
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    What happened in 2008

    This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times.During 2008 the fine wine market has of course been affected by the…

    27 Dec 2008 Jancis Robinson
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    Oak - its uses and abuses

    Two plants are crucial to modern wine production: the vine, of course, and the oak tree. Yet it seems to me that the average wine drinker, and…

    2 Apr 2004 Jancis Robinson
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    Hungarian oak - a report from Mel Knox

    Someone was asking about eastern European oaks recently in Your turn on purple pages. Coincidentally I have just received this report on a visit to…

    18 Jun 2002 Jancis Robinson