PRESERVING OLD VINE HERITAGE
New legislation in Rioja is aimed at protecting the region’s old vines. But how effective will the new measures be? And does vine age make a real difference to quality in Rioja?
Whisky Christmas buying guide
The world of whiskies has exploded in recent years. Here’s our pick of the latest and best, with recommendations for those who want to give gifts (or drop hints) that go beyond the mainstream
With high-profile associations including a high-grossing film franchise and various Michelin-starred restaurants, Château Angélus clearly enjoys being in the limelight. But what’s the story behind this acclaimed St-Emilion estate and its distinctive label?
Rhône's sleeping beauties
Beyond the big-name appellations in the Rhône are a number of smaller, previously dormant areas that are starting to make a name for themselves once more. In the north, Brézème and Seyssuel are shining examples to look out for
WINDS OF CHANGE
Rioja is in a state of transition – from debates around ageing and blending, to a new focus on single-vineyard sites and an increasing diversity of wines and styles. What does this mean for Rioja lovers, and how will the changes shape the future of the region?
Scandinavia A food and wine lover's guide
Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen are all major players in the gastronomy world, home to restaurants and bars offering inventive cuisine and eclectic wine menus. Our expert local guide takes you to some of their most exciting culinary treasures
Start it right APERITIFS
Nothing wrong with kicking off your meal with a simple glass of fizz – but there are many more creative options to consider. We explore the art of the aperitif with inspired ideas for your next gathering, whether a low-key lunch or an indulgent celebration
Favourable conditions meant the pressure was off for grateful producers, with an abundance of good to excellent wines. The many Chablis admirers of the world should make hay while the sun shines…
CHRISTMAS TURKEY 10 perfect pairings
The beauty of our favourite festive fowl is that it pairs well with a wide variety of wines. So do you opt for your usual choice this year, or try something different? Here’s some advice from our pairing expert, plus 10 great wine matches
A vintage celebration
Bordeaux and Burgundy are so often the instinctive first choice for the festive season main event. But which are the prime vintages (and appellations) you should be pulling from the rack this year to maximise your enjoyment on the big day?
Hong Kong For Wine Lovers
Home to a wide array of restaurants and shops with seriously impressive wine lists, it’s easy to see why Hong Kong is a favourite destination for fine wine enthusiasts in Asia
Importer, educator and consultant
The man who sold the New World
Oz Clarke’s arrival on the UK’s wine writing and TV presenting scene in the mid-1980s coincided perfectly with New World wines exploding into the awareness of the British consumer – something he could well take quite a bit of the credit for. He explains why the wines of the New World made such an impact, on him and us
For the self-deprecating orchestrator of the world’s most famous range of Australian reds, Penfolds, entry into the Decanter Hall of Fame underlines his status as one of the New World’s foremost winemakers
A handful of tequileros are revisiting traditional production methods in an effort to create more characterful spirits. Meet the volcanic stone wheel making all the difference
‘Now is a good time to be a wine drinker in the UK'
Bobby’s of Bournemouth is back! This fine institution first opened its doors in 1915 and now, after nigh-on 50 years of being a Debenhams, it returns with a modern twist.
Roasted radicchio with beans
This rich yet light dish combines smoky radicchio with garlic-infused beans and sweet toasted hazelnuts, pairing perfectly with structured whites and earthy reds
The 2021 winners
‘It’s clear that Covid-19 has changed wine retailing forever,’ reflects competition chairman Peter Richards MW. ‘All those companies named here have risen to what was a game-changing challenge and overcome it in style. Categories such as Online, Newcomer, Subscription and Virtual Wine Experience were all fiercely competitive this year – and indicative of a healthy, vibrant, innovative wine retail sector that’s looking to the future. Wine is one of life’s great joys and these retailers excel in the business of pleasure. Now more than ever this is something that deserves recognising – and celebrating.’
Dr Axel Marchal
For the first time, we’re complementing our Hall of Fame award with a brand new category recognising an up-and-coming talent who will make a real difference to the future of wine
Sangiovese vines love the fresh air and bright conditions in this hilly country to the north of the headline-grabbing Classico zone. While it may be lesser-known, Chianti Rùfina offers quality, characterful red wines of superb value and great consistency
Wine broadcaster, author, columnist
A matter of TASTE
Think vodka is a bland, flavourless spirit? Think again. With producers focusing on provenance and terroir, vodka is reinventing itself as a characterful choice for connoisseurs
In (& around) fair Verona
Many of northern Italy’s key wine-growing regions are to be found between the city of Verona and stunning Lake Garda. Our guide to the area takes in wineries, ancient monuments, top restaurants and more, as we pass through illustrious wine zones and historic villages and towns
2020 en primeur How US tastings went digital
With global travel shut down and a world in lockdown, Bordeaux’s futures campaign in the US had to get creative. With an ocean between wine and critics, how did the tastings work?
Spotlight: Champagne - Top blends hit the mark
Pick the right names and vintages, and Champagne can offer solid returns, as seen in a sound market performance in the early part of 2021
Our top 25 sparkling crémants
If you haven’t discovered the connoisseur’s fizz yet, here are 25 sparkling reasons to explore France’s wide range of deliciously on-trend, bottle-fermented crémant styles
Portugal's power couples
Meet three winemaking couples who have put their wines on the map by working together, both as a lockdown necessity and a permanent partnership
Tamworth BELLY RIBS
The most popular starter at London steakhouse chain Hawksmoor is a great summer dish to recreate at home. Serve it with one of our wine matches for pork perfection
MY TOP 20: VIOGNIER BEYOND THE RHONE
Have you discovered it yet? Its peachy, food-friendly versatility has made Viognier something of a cult-favourite among the Anything-But-Chardonnay circles, but what are the best-value options? Fiona Beckett picks her favourites from beyond its home region
Plan your wine weekend: 4 GREAT EUROPEAN SHORT BREAKS
A romantic escape, a weekend away with friends… Fiona Sims provides some much-needed inspiration for 2021 after the cancellation of so many travel plans last year, picking four vibrant European destinations that wine lovers will love