This famous South Australian wine region, more than any in the country, has succeeded in balancing tradition and innovation, says Sarah Ahmed, who picks out 10 producers to watch and her top wines to try
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Wine not included in UK restaurant meals tax break
A lower rate of value added tax (VAT) will apply to meals in restaurants, cafés and pubs until 12 January 2021 in the UK, but the change does not include wine.
THE RISE OF THE URBAN WINERY
The line between wine and beer has blurred... and it’s a good thing, says Jason Tesauro
CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL: The 2020 selection's top 14
It’s been a bumpy ride, but the latest official redrawing of Bordeaux’s oft-misunderstood ranking of the cru bourgeois producers was published in February this year. Jane Anson explains what lies behind the listings, and profiles the 14 highest-ranked and their 2016 vintage wines
Favourites emerge in Bordeaux 2019 sales
Price cuts and good ratings sparked strong buyer interest in several Bordeaux 2019 en primeur wines, beating low expectations for the campaign in some quarters.
Andrew Jefford - ‘Wine beauty can only be created by working hand-in-hand with nature'
Three months of pandemic induced lockdown are drawing to an end. It hasn’t been all frustration and anxiety. I’ve enjoyed being at home with the family – and the internet wine chat which has replaced the customary tastings, travel and research. Two interview questions, in particular, set me thinking.
Has The Champagne Price Bubble Burst?
We’ve been living in an era of bargain bubbly. Yet, despite ever-increasing costs, producers have for years kept a lid on the prices you pay. Change is on the horizon, says Tyson Stelzer, though your favourite celebratory tipple will remain a relative bargain in the immediate term
UNDERSTANDING IGP PAYS D'OC
Home of the cheap and cheerful? On the one hand, yes – but the can-do mentality of the producers and flexible regulations throughout this huge swathe of France’s Mediterranean lands are enabling a groundswell of fascinating, great-quality wine styles to rise up. Andy Howard MW reports
In this proudly independent region, the individuality of its winemakers and the wide array of styles they produce are the perfect window into the character of France’s southwest. Rosemary George MW gives the lie of the land, and picks 12 fascinating wines to try
ROBERT M PARKER JR
The most influential wine critic of all time? He can’t be described as anything less than a towering presence over the last four decades. Prolific, informed, at times divisive, always unflinchingly honest, Parker’s writings have made fortunes and redefined wine styles in some of the most famous regions – and become the go-to reference for wine collectors, investors and trade alike. Having set down his wine critic’s pen for good, the time is right for Robert Parker to enter the Decanter Hall of Fame. Andrew Jefford explains why
OKANAGAN: CANADA'S GLOBAL WINE REGION
International wine experts are bringing their skills and knowledge to this part of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, joining with local talent young and old. In this fast-developing region, the progress being made is clear to see, says Daniel Honan
HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS
With this pioneering South African estate’s 40th vintage now safely in tank or cask, Andy Howard MW looks at how it has become one of the New World’s most influential producers of Burgundian-style wines
LUBERON & VENTOUX
Captivating mountain views, welcoming châteaux and wines that match perfectly with the classic local cuisine. Look ahead to future holidays by planning a road trip through the beautiful countryside that straddles the regions of the Rhône Valley and Provence in southeast France, says Carolyn Boyd
ROBERT MARK KAMEN
His early move into Hollywood screenwriting seemed almost effortless, and it enabled him to buy his eponymous Sonoma estate on impulse in the 1980s. Elin McCoy meets the man behind The Karate Kid and Taken, to reveal why he believes making wine is his real destiny
He may be happy to maintain a low profile, yet consultant oenologist Eric Boissenot is as highly regarded as they come, appreciated by his many clients for his precision, skill and ability to bring vitality to a wine. James Lawther MW finds out more
With a history stretching back several centuries and an understated yet focused approach to maintaining the highest standards in both vineyard and winery, Pomerol estate Château Lafleur is a producer to seek out. Jane Anson reports
TOP 10 SPANISH WHITES FOR YOUR CELLAR
Best known for its fresh young whites, Spain also produces more serious styles that need time in bottle to reveal their full potential. Sarah Jane Evans MW picks her top 10 styles from across the country that deserve a place in your cellar and will reward ageing
Committed to organic and biodynamic farming, and working with indigenous grapes, Apostolos Thymiopoulous is one of the winemakers steering Greek wines towards an innovative future and global recognition. Sarah Jane Evans MW meets the charismatic master of Xinomavro at his home in northern Greece
OFF-PISTE BURGUNDY: VALUE ALTERNATIVES
The two regional appellations of Coteaux Bourguignons and Bourgogne Passe-tout-grains and the white wine-only St-Bris take Burgundy beyond the pure Pinot Noir and Chardonnay classics for which it is famed. Michael Apstein explains what lies behind these under-theradar styles – and why they could become the more reasonably priced face of Burgundy
AMBER CHAMPIONS: TOP 30 ORANGE WINES
Though divisive, orange wine is a style that’s finally gaining real popularity among winemakers and drinkers alike. Simon J Woolf endeavours to put any remaining scepticism to rest, explaining the traditions behind the technique and recommending 30 of his favourite skin-contact discoveries
BAROLO 2016 & BARBARESCO 2017
Standards are high in these latest-release Piedmont vintages, if you know where to look. Take the guidance of our expert Stephen Brook, who tasted many of the wines soon after release, in Italy and London, along with riservas from Barolo 2014 and Barbaresco 2015
It’s the global benchmark region and known for its long-established traditions, but that doesn’t mean Bordeaux is at a standstill. Jane Anson highlights 10 estates determinedly treading their own paths, and potentially signalling ways for others to follow
Marketwatch: Hold Your Nerve And Be Selective
All the important fine wine investment news, compiled
A WINE LOVER'S GUIDE TO GEORGIA
After decades of conflict that obscured much of its rich cultural heritage, this country is rediscovering itself. Celebrate its rebirth with a winding adventure from the bars and restaurants of the capital to the family-run wineries of rural villages, says Carla Capalbo
This family-owned California winery is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, and has developed a steadfast commitment to sustainability. Elin McCoy pays a visit, discovering the estate’s history and tasting verticals of its Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wines.
LUJAN DE CUYO
Producers in this heartland of Argentinian Malbec credit the identity and diversity of their wines to the old vines they nurture. It’s a region where tradition is preserved and protected, even as tastes evolve and new styles emerge, discovers Amanda Barnes.
VALDARNO: TUSCANY OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Diverting from the usual wine routes in Tuscany, Stephen Brook finds a warm welcome in a low-key region that is home to some high-profile names. He introduces an area that may be unfamiliar to many Chianti lovers, and recommends wines from four of its top producers
BURGUNDY: MEET 10 EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS
The complexities of Burgundy, its appellations, walled slopes and dynastic stories are a source of fascination for many wine lovers. Inspired by research for her latest book, Jeannie Cho Lee MW highlights 10 personalities leading dynamic change in the region
MARTINELLI, JACKASS HILL ZINFANDEL 1994
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA