CATEGORIES

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?

6 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

6 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

Château Angélus

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?

10+ mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

10+ mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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?

10+ mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

10 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

8 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

Chablis 2020

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…

10+ mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

7 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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?

8 mins read
Decanter
January 2022

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

8 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

Mags Janjo

Importer, educator and consultant

3 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

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

10 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

Peter Gago

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

9 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

Crush it

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

7 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

‘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.

3 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

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

4 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

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.’

10+ mins read
Decanter
November 2021

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

5 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

Chianti Rùfina

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

10 mins read
Decanter
November 2021

Olly Smith

Wine broadcaster, author, columnist

3 mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

6 mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

8 mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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?

4 mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

3 mins read
Decanter
August 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

10+ mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

10+ mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

4 mins read
Decanter
August 2021

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

4 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

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

10+ mins read
Decanter
February 2021

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