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A welcome return to our global judging panels

It was the DWWA’s first time back at full strength since 2019, and it broke all records. An astonishing 18,244 wines were assessed by 237 judges, but the selection process was as tough as ever. Our Co-Chair explains the process of awarding the sought-after medals

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Decanter
September 2022

Hermione Ireland

Wine book publisher, Académie du Vin Library | Inside a professional’s everyday life

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Decanter
September 2022

FIVE OF THE BEST: REPOSADO TEQUILAS

Tequila has different age classifications – blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo – depending on how much time the spirit spends in barrel. Blancos spend no time in oak, while añejos spend at least one year, and extra añejos a minimum of three years. Reposado translates as ‘rested’, and is defined as being aged in oak for at least two months but less than a year. This means reposados are versatile tequilas that you can either use in cocktails or sip neat.

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Decanter
September 2022

Predicted growth for UK wine due to climate change

A warmer climate may further boost UK wine production in the next two decades and Pinot Noir is a grape variety to watch, new ‘near-term’ modelling has found.

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Decanter
September 2022

Walla Walla Valley for wine lovers

Mainly in Washington State but crossing into Oregon, too, the Walla Walla Valley AVA is an exciting place to explore, with a wide choice of tasting rooms to visit and places to eat

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Decanter
September 2022

EUROPE in 12 top winery visits

If you’re clever about it, you can have some amazing holiday winery experiences, and keep your non-wine-loving partner happy too. These estates really do offer something for everyone

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Decanter
September 2022

Anglesey salt & pepper fritto misto

A summer holiday classic, these mouthwateringly crispy, salty bites of tender vegetables and delectable seafood will pair perfectly with a very dry sparkling or minerally white, served nice and cold

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Decanter
September 2022

Gin cocktails for summer

Ah, gin: as if you needed an excuse. But now’s the perfect season for experimenting with crisp, refreshing gin cocktails to enjoy at home on warm sunny evenings and lazy weekends

5 mins read
Decanter
September 2022

THE OTHER NECTAR OF THE GODS

Olive oil and wine have long defined the gastronomic cultures and trading ties of the Mediterranean basin. Why are they such inseparable companions?

8 mins read
Decanter
September 2022

Wood and winemaking

Spice, smoke, vanilla, coconut... wood can be a game-changer for a wine. Producers who use it face myriad decisions: specific type, place of origin, size of vessel, toasting level – all key to what you smell and taste

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Decanter
September 2022

Tasmania

The wines coming out of this unique island state today are fresh, complex and lively. Their quality is testament to the winemakers who spotted its potential in the 1980s, overcoming serious climatic challenges to produce some exemplary wines

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Decanter
September 2022

WHITE BURGUNDY in three steps

Its slopes and villages inspire respect, adoration, awe and sometimes frustration. But what's unarguable is that Burgundy is seen as the world's greatest territory for Chardonnay, if not white wine as a whole. Discovering its complex geography, its myriad styles and subtle expressions is likely to involve a lifetime's passionate dedication - so where to begin such a fascinating journey?

10+ mins read
Decanter
September 2022

Ricotta ice cream with magnolia syrup

Wine and magnolia? Not a pairing challenge you come across every day, but this show-stopping dessert will taste even more delicious enjoyed with one of the styles we suggest here

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Decanter
August 2022

Alto Adige A wine lover’s guide

In Italy’s far north, this is a place that’s ripe for exploring, home to dramatic Alpine scenery and superb skiing, Mediterranean vegetation and sweltering summers – and wines that blend Germanic precision with Italian flair

7 mins read
Decanter
August 2022

PET-NAT for beginners

Riding the wave of the natural wine movement, this gently refreshing, often hazy fizz comes in an array of styles to discover and is making its mark on wine lists everywhere

10 mins read
Decanter
August 2022

Peak Sancerre Les Monts Damnés

It’s not officially a ‘cru’ as such, but this steep hillside of vineyards with rich, varied soils, in the west of Sancerre, can produce consistently excellent, age-worthy wines that may differ in style but never waver on quality

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Decanter
August 2022

The joy of GREECE

One of the UK’s best-known wine experts can’t get enough of this ancient wine nation, with its mysterious mosaic of wine regions and grape varieties – here’s his guided tour of some of his favourite spots, from the mainland to the islands

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Decanter
August 2022

Sam Kaplan

From helping his father with his small vineyard in Oklahoma to being consultant and co-owner of multiple wineries across California, Sam Kaplan's 'valiant life' in Napa wine's top tier has grown to the point that now he's ready to start giving back

8 mins read
Decanter
July 2022

Vincent O'Brien: Managing Director, fine wine storage specialists Octavian

Inside a professional's everyday life

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Decanter
July 2022

The perfect MARTINI

Vodka or gin. Lemon or olive. Shaken or stirred. There's no right answer - or is there? Here's what the world's best Martini-makers have to say on the matter

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Decanter
July 2022

Pink and proud of it

Darker-coloured, fuller-bodied rosé styles may have slipped out of the spotlight,

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Decanter
July 2022

New releases Piedmont Nebbiolo

2018 was a bounceback year in Barolo following the difficult, hot year before. The harvest went well overall, and wines will be good for mid-term enjoyment. There's consistent quality from Barbaresco in 2019, and we can also recommend top Riserva wines from Barbaresco 2017 and Barolo 2016, taking a broader look, too, at recent-release Nebbiolo wines from other Piedmont denominations

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Decanter
July 2022

Madhu's masala lamb

Finding a wine that can pair perfectly with the chilli, spices and meat in this flavour-packed dish is not an easy task, but focus on matching the spices, and the wine combinations can work surprisingly well

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Decanter
July 2022

Canned wine

Exploring the growing canned wine scene, from summery staples through to more refined choices, our diligent taster eases back the ring-pull on 110 wines to pick out his 18 favourites on shelves now

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Decanter
July 2022

Can rosé really age?

Yes, there's an ocean of young, pink wines to choose from. But why not offer a bottle-aged, more food-friendly alternative? A niche set of southern French producers do just that – though their approach divides opinion

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Decanter
July 2022

Decanter guide to PICNICKING FOR WINE LOVERS

If you prefer your summer picnics to feature something rather more special than a juice carton, a sandwich and a packet of crisps, this is the seasonal guide for you

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Decanter
July 2022

10 reasons to drink English sparkling wine

Basking in the glow of critical acclaim, English fizz no longer has anything to prove. Have you discovered one of wine's great success stories yet?

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Decanter
July 2022

My top 20 South American Bordeaux blends

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have a shared formula for fine wines, taking inspiration from the Bordeaux tradition. These wines are excelling today, thanks to increasingly refined winemaking methods and exceptional vintages

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Decanter
April 2022

2019 revisited Bordeaux in bottle

After tasting more than 800 newly bottled 2019 wines, Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent is full of praise for the vintage’s consistent and expressive wines, with successes on both Left and Right Bank

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Decanter
April 2022

Southern Rhône 2020

Following on from the northern Rhône 2020 report in our last issue, we delve into the year’s southern Rhône releases, based on a tasting of more than 1,200 wines. This vintage’s wines should be quite accessible when young, and there are some particularly noteworthy whites

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Decanter
April 2022

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