Jancis Robinson MW & Hugh Johnson
Almost 50 years since it was first published, The World Atlas of Wine has reached its eighth edition. John Stimpfig talks to its two authors to discover how this revered book has documented the extensive developments in the world of wine over that time
St-Emilion: Finding Value
It really needn’t be seen as a contradiction in terms, explains James Lawther MW, who selects 15 great wines that offer both quality and fair pricing from this much-admired Bordeaux Right Bank region
This hot, early and bountiful vintage was a welcome relief for weather-plagued producers. But while the quantity is there, quality is patchy, says Tim Atkin MW, with much depending on yields, picking dates and producer nous. Here he selects 35 wines to buy, from grand cru to Petit Chablis
The Great Disrupters
There are those who accept the status quo and those who challenge it – and it is the latter group of rule-breakers who are driving progress in some of the world’s under-appreciated wine regions. Simon Reilly profiles pioneering winemakers who like to do things differently.
Producing wines with a level of natural freshness few other regions can match, Vinsobres isas yet overshadowed by its better-known southern Rhône neighbours, discovers Matt Walls
Stars Of The South
With its plethora of native and local grape varietis and an increasing number of skilled and dedicated winemakers, southern Italy’s wine future is looking bright. Michaela Morris showcases some of its leading lights.
It’s one of the most popular and widely planted white grape varieties – and with good reason, says Rebecca Gibb MW in her round-the-world guide to Sauvignon Blanc.
A Tour Of California Under The Radar
The high-profile big names of Californian wine dominate media coverage, but if your interest is piqued by the fascinating and the smaller-scale, where best to look? Julie Albin points to the producers and regions quietly making waves, and recommends 10 great wines to try.
Travel Shock: Myth Or Reality?
Could it really be the case that the bottle of wine you have just transported from A to B tastes different in its new location? Intrigued by anecdotal reports,Jonas Tofterup MW designed an experiment to investigate the claim
Patagonia: The New Frontier
With climate change pushing them into cooler territory, intrepid South American winemakers are overcoming extreme conditions to produce fresh and delicate wines at the continent’s southernmost point. Amanda Barnes finds out more
Old Vines: The Gift Of Time
With many vineyard sites established in the 16th century or possibly earlier, Latin America boasts a significant number of old vines. But as Tim Atkin MW discovers, winemakers don’t like to shout about it
Liv-Ex Classification Expands
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Chilean Pinot Noir
A shift from increasing volumes to enhancing quality is beginning to bear fruit, and signs are that it will only get better as Chile’s Pinot Noir vines mature in the ground, says Peter Richards MW
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the planting of the first vines in New Zealand. Josip Babich was one of the country’s founding winemakers and today his pioneering winery is still family-run, with grandson David at the helm. Rebecca Gibb MW meets him to talk legacies and future prospects
Californian premium Rhône reds
We asked Decanter’s Rhône expert Matt Walls to blind taste largely Syrah- and Grenache-based Californian wines with some from France hidden in the line-up. Here he reports on his findings and recommends his top 20 Rhône Rangers
With its high vineyards and limestone soils, this large Catalonian DO makes distinctive whites from the Garnatxa Blanca grape. Miquel Hudin takes us on a tour of the region and introduces the top producers and wines to look out for.
Proof Of Identity
Malbec, Tannat and Carmenre have each found a signature style in South America. Alistair Cooper MW assesses their importance and asks what the future holds for these varieties.
Including the stunning Amalfi coast and Sorrento peninsula, Campania’s coastline offers wine lovers the chance to discover local vineyards and native grapes during a sunny and relaxed seaside holiday. Carlo Capalbo shares her highlights.
Plant geneticist Dr Carole Meredith helped to change the way that winemakers think about the history of grapes – and now she is growing her own in Napa Valley. Elin McCoy meets her.
Traditionally known for its good-value rustic red blends, this Languedoc heartland region is forging a new reputation for quality and great terroirs. James Lawther MW heads south for a visit.
Vintage Preview Burgundy 2017
A mixed bag is the simplest way to describe this vintage: a bumper crop of early-drinking reds and whites with patches of excellence but also plenty of pitfalls awaiting buyers. Tim Atkin MW gives his expert analysis and selects 102 top wines.
The Eyrie Vineyards, South Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1975
Willamette Valley, Oregon, US.
The New Names To Know In Napa
From personal passion projects to collaborative winemaking, the latest wave of innovative producers in Napa Valley is taking the region’s wine scene in a new direction. Elin McCoy meets them.
Straddling two administrative regions in central north Italy, this still-developing DOC’s dry whites are already proving a versatile food-matching choice in the restaurant trade. Stephen Brook gets to the heart of Lugana’s identity, and recommends a dozen of its best wines.
Alsace: A Matter Of Faith?
Could it really be true that religious dividing lines might define the styles of wine made within this historically disputed region of France? It’s something of a revelation for Margaret Rand.
London For Wine Lovers: What's New
In one of the world’s great centres for dining and drinking out, the pace of progress is at times hectic. Fiona Beckett picks her top 10 of the latest venue openings.
Burgundy Demand Soaring
The region’s appeal continues apace, with cult domaines still the auction stars. But affording them will be even harder following the frost-hit 2016 vintage
The Rise Of Carignan
A once-scorned Mediterranean grape is being reborn as a fine wine, with classy cuvées emerging from Spain and France, discovers Miquel Hudin
‘Bottles symbolise a sort of plenty: the apogee of the harvest home’
‘Wine at its heart is about individuals believing in their own potential’