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Puccini's Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Guide

Perhaps the greatest of the operatic composer’s many love affairs was the one he had with his home region of Tuscany – and its wine and cuisine. Follow in his footsteps for a charming long-weekend getaway among vines and history, says Adrian Mourby

4 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

THE PROMISE OF PIGNOLETTO

It is fast emerging as a fizz vying for a slice of Prosecco’s success, but this is a variety that deserves recognition in its own right. The grape is producing individual styles, both still and sparkling, that reflect the region’s varied rural landscape, as Carla Capalbo reports

6 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

YOU SAY ROSE, I SAY ROSATO...

It’s never too soon in the year to drink pink – increasingly a year-round choice for many. Richard Baudains reveals Italy’s top rosato regions and selects his 16 top wines to try

6 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

YOUNG GUNS OF ITALY

The next generation of Italian winemakers are taking up the mantle of their predecessors, but also want to carve new paths. Michaela Morris highlights a dozen young individualists whose innovation, energy and commitment are leading their country’s wines into the future

10+ mins read
Decanter
May 2020

SOUTHERN ITALY FOR WINE LOVERS

Italy’s southern regions have varied cultures but are united by their passion for wine and hospitality. From seaside villas with vineyards to winery-owned hotels amid ancient caves, Carla Capalbo shares her top wine destinations in the south

7 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

GAJA: A FAMILY PORTRAIT

Through undeniably audacious viticultural decisions, this fifth-generation winemaking dynasty elevated Barbaresco to fine-wine status. Now, the patriarch of Piedmont and his family are ushering in a new era for their business, with ambitious projects – and a healthy dose of compromise, as Tiziano Gaia discovers

8 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

SULCIS, SARDINIA

In recent years, the producers of this island DOC have upended their focus on quantity to create wines that communicate an incredible sense of place. The unexpected star of this shift, explains Susan Hulme MW, is the sensitive and intense Carignano grape

9 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

BOLGHERI AT 25

As this tiny but powerful DOC toasts its first quarter-century, the region’s winemakers are fully embracing the adventurous legacy of the SuperTuscan and continuing to build upon it. Richard Baudains reflects on this Tuscan crown jewel and what lies ahead for its producers

6 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

AGLIANICO: THE NEBBIOLO OF THE SOUTH?

At its best, this traditional grape variety from Italy’s torrid southern territory makes top-quality and long-lived reds. Andy Howard MW explores the character of Aglianico, selecting the best producers and his top 12 wines

9 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

AGEING ITALIAN WHITES: a (patient) wine lover's guide

Put aside those preconceptions, Aldo Fiordelli argues – as well as its plethora of youngand-fresh white wine styles, Italy offers many surprising options that are well worth tucking away in your cellar. He highlights the producers to seek out, and 10 great wines to age

7 mins read
Decanter
May 2020

NORTHERN RHONE 2018

Thanks to large yields helping to balance the very ripe fruit, the north fared better than the south this year, delivering plush, generous and potent wines. It’s a vintage that favours the reds, particularly Côte-Rôtie, with whites from St-Joseph and St-Péray performing better than Condrieu. Matt Walls reports, based on his extensive tastings and visits in the region

6 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

THE PELOPONNESE, GREECE

Ancient wonders, magnificent landscapes and diverse wines made with dedication, from local varieties – this dramatic peninsula in the south of mainland Greece has much to offer the adventurous traveller. Make the most of a holiday here with a wine-focused road trip, says Ines Salpico

4 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

DOMAINE NICOLAS-JAY

It took more than 25 years for a chat about a joint winemaking venture to bear fruit, but the past five years have seen this project between a former US music mogul and a Burgundian winemaker become one of the big names of Oregon Pinot Noir. Matthew Luczy reports

6 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

ABRUZZO EXPLORED

Hard to pinpoint on a map it may be, but this central Italian region has long been a default choice for restaurant-goers thanks to its soft, easy-drinking reds, with its light whites a popular choice too. Susan Hulme MW reveals how Abruzzo’s forward-thinking producers are harnessing their native varieties to create character in the bottle

7 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

SEKT REBORN

Though initially a luxury product, German sparkling wine experienced a downturn in quality that marred its reputation for years. Now, a renewed focus on traditional winemaking techniques is revitalising the category, says Anne Krebiehl MW

4 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

ALAIN BRUMONT

His path to success has been far from smooth, but this Madiran-based producer has managed to surmount every obstacle he has encountered, making some of southwest France’s most lauded wines along the way. Stephen Brook meets a man defined by his persistence and tenacity

8 mins read
Decanter
April 2020

45 GREAT BUYS FOR BORDEAUX LOVERS

We asked Andy Howard MW to taste a wide selection of top red blends from around the globe, produced using differing combinations of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties. The standard was pleasingly high across every region, and Howard’s favourite wines, revealed in the following pages, represent particularly good quality and value in this popular category

10+ mins read
Decanter
April 2020

Around Spain In 10 Garnachas

Happy in Spain’s often testing rural terrain, this once unfavoured red variety is enjoying a surge in popularity among growers and critics alike, as regional authenticity finds increasing favor. David Williams selects his 10 top producers and their wines of the moment

10+ mins read
Decanter
March 2020

TRANSFORMING TEMPRANILLO

Over-zealous planting and heavy-handed use of oak haven’t done its reputation any favours, but Spain’s most widespread variety can make excellent wines. Sarah Jane Evans MW highlights the regions and producers helping Tempranillo reach its full potential

8 mins read
Decanter
March 2020

RIOJA ORIENTAL

More than just an administration tweak, the changing of this subregion's name from Rioja Baja to Rioja Oriental holds far deeper significance for its native wine producers. As the region undergoes a winemaking transformation, Simon Field MW explains how a new generation is reclaiming the higher ground – in every sense of the phrase

5 mins read
Decanter
March 2020

RICARD ROFES

Located by the site of a 900-year-old former monastery, Cellers de Scala Dei is a winery immersed in the robust history of Priorat. Sarah Jane Evans MW meets the winemaker who is eloquently telling the region’s story – and paving the way for its future – through its wines

7 mins read
Decanter
March 2020

EXPRESSIONS OF NORTHWEST SPAIN

The reds from this area are incredibly varied, but not always well known – despite the high price of the most famous. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW picks 20 from across the spectrum

10 mins read
Decanter
March 2020

ALVARINHO VS ALBARINO

Championed by winemakers in both Spain and Portugal, this white grape is becoming known for the diverse, high-quality wines it can produce. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW explores a variety on the rise

6 mins read
Decanter
March 2020

Introducing Extremadura

Spain’s fourth-largest wine-producing region has much to boast about, yet it remains relatively unknown. Now, finding its own style and making the most of its little-known DO, Extremadura is starting to make its mark internationally, as David Williams discovers

5 mins read
Decanter
January 2020

Lafite In China

It has been a decade in the making, but earlier this year the Château Lafite Rothschild owner opened its first winery in China, cementing the country’s position as a wine-producing force to be reckoned with. Jane Anson reports from the long-awaited launch

6 mins read
Decanter
January 2020

How To Host Christmas

The festive season offers plenty of occasions for wine lovers to enjoy their favourite bottles. But what should you serve when? Fiona Beckett offers practical tips for perfect wine service at home

4 mins read
Decanter
January 2020

Louis Barruol

One of the Rhône Valley’s most celebrated winemakers, the Château de Saint Cosme owner has elevated his long-established family winery – and the Gigondas appellation itself – to a new level of prominence in the greater Rhône region, and one of his latest projects sees him striving to do the same in Vinsobres, as Matt Walls discovers

7 mins read
Decanter
January 2020

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

The past three decades have seen the fortunes of this historic estate renewed, becoming a pioneer in both environmental initiatives and wine tourism thanks to the collective imagination and dedication of one family. Jane Anson pays a visit

5 mins read
Decanter
January 2020

A Decanter Guide To Chablis Premier Cru

The ethereal, nuanced intensity of its wines continues to bewitch many a wine professional and consumer alike. Andy Howard MW takes us on a tour of one of the world’s benchmark white wine regions, revealing the character that lies behind some of its best vineyard sites

7 mins read
Decanter
December 2019

The Meunier Makeover

A grape with a long and sometimes troubled history, Pinot Meunier is enjoying popularity once again – not just in its traditional homeland of Champagne, but in the vineyards of England and America’s west coast, as well. Alice Lascelles finds out more

10+ mins read
Decanter
December 2019