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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

THE LOW- AND NO- REVOLUTION

The rapid rise of zero-abv spirits has laid the foundation for a whole new category of drinks. Julie Sheppard finds out what’s driving the change and recommends which bottles to buy

7 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

PIC ST-LOUP

Dominated by the tilted limestone block of Pic St-Loup itself, this appellation on the cooler, wetter eastern side of the Languedoc AP region is noted for its fresh and fragrant wines, with Syrah the star. Andrew Jefford charts its progress and predicts a bright future

8 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

SULPHUR DIOXIDE IN WINE: the great debate

The use of sulphur dioxide as a preservative in winemaking is a contentious topic, and it elicits strong opinions from producers and wine lovers alike. Rupert Joy gives an overview of the issue, weighing the pros and cons of an SO2-free approach

8 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

Jane Anson

‘Cyber-attacks against drinks companies have been gathering steam’

3 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

OREGON PINOT NOIR

The Willamette Valley, with its distinctive soils and generally mild climate, has found great success with this temperamental, traditionally Burgundian variety. Charles Curtis MW shares his top selections

9 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

Distilled by Decanter

A new guide to the latest trends in spirits and cocktails.

5 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

GROSSET WINES

Four decades on, this pioneering Clare Valley producer’s commitment to making world-class Riesling is unwavering – a goal that’s led its founder to embrace biodynamics, blockchain projects and more. By David Sly

7 mins read
Decanter
February 2021

BURGUNDY 2019

After 16 days in Burgundy tasting 1,177 wines in all, Charles Curtis MW recommends 67 of his top-scoring whites and reds from this heat-affected but very well-received vintage

10+ mins read
Decanter
February 2021

Lockdown Stories: View From The Vines

As our lives and horizons suddenly closed in around us, growing more limited in the year of Covid-19, it was perhaps difficult to appreciate what other people ‘out there’, elsewhere in the world, were experiencing and feeling. Peter Richards MW spoke to winemakers in six different nations to find out how they and their teams coped as events developed

10 mins read
Decanter
January 2021

Anniversary Buys: The Decanter Guide

Whether you’re toasting an 18th birthday with a birth-year Bordeaux or marking a golden wedding anniversary with a 50-year-old fizz, major milestones deserve a magnificent wine to match. Anthony Rose went in search of the best bottles to help your 2021 celebrations go with a bang

10 mins read
Decanter
January 2021

VIRGINIA STATE, USA

Virginia is a wine region that is beginning to see the fruits of its perseverance. Adventurous winemakers in this eastern state, close to Washington DC, have learned to adapt, and the proof is in a smartly deployed array of grapes and styles. Jason Tesauro takes a tour and highlights producers to watch and a selection of its distinctive wines to try

10+ mins read
Decanter
January 2021