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White wine rising

by Christy Canterbury MW

Though the “ABC”, or “Anything But Chardonnay” campaign continues to rail against it, Chardonnay remains the favorite white grape of USA wine drinkers. It is also the planet’s most planted,...

Beyond the Cellar Door

by Tim Atkin

The pencil was a sharp as a tack. The tasting sheets were beautifully designed, with just the right amount of information: geeky, yet precise, containing useful details about vineyards and...

The Wedding Wine Tasting

by Celia Bryan-Brown

Caroline’s laugh tinkled, hollow; like the second pint hitting the urinal. Harry squeezed her thigh under the table. Last night, they’d had a serious discussion about whether elopement was a...

From the Archive

Carignan: Chile returns to its roots

by Tim Atkin

Think of a word to describe the Chilean wine industry. Dependable? Consistent? Mass-produced? I’ve played this game with consumers and Chile generally elicits such responses. People in the wine trade...

From the Archive

Beyond the Big Six grape varieties

by Tim Atkin

“I love Chablis, but I can’t stand Chardonnay.” “I hate Sancerre, but I adore Sauvignon Blanc.” You used to hear such comments all the time, even from people who claimed...

From the Archive

A ferment about Furmint

by Matt Walls

To be sung to the tune of ‘Start Wearing Purple’ by Gogol Bordello: “Start drinking Furmint drinking Furmint, Start drinking Furmint for me now, All your sanity – and wits...

From the Archive

A toast to Grenache

by Tim Atkin

TS Eliot got it wrong in my view: October, not April, is the cruellest month. Once the clocks go back you know you’re in for a winter of sniffles, short...

From the Archive

Australia: the joy of Melbourne

by Tim Atkin

Coffee culture You don’t need an excuse to spend time in Melbourne. At least, I don’t. It’s Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, with a fantastic food and wine culture and some...

Wine of the Week

2017 Le Sabbie dell'Etna Rosso, Etna, Sicily

( £12.99, 14%, Waitrose )

The wines of Etna are some of Sicily’s – and Italy’s – most distinctive reds. Produced from two grapes – Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio – that are almost Pinot Noir like in colour and texture, this lightly wooded example is a fantastic introduction to a volcanic classic. Floral, ethereal...

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2013 Blank Canvas Grüner Veltliner, Rapaura, Marlborough

( £16.99, 13%, Bottle Apostle, Cambridge Wine Merchants )

Grüner Veltliner is rare enough in New Zealand, but one with six years of bottle age is unique. But what a brilliant wine this is. Part of Matt Thomson and Sophie Parker-Thomson’s off-the-wall series of small volume Kiwi whites and reds, this wouldn’t look out of place in a line...

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2016 Morrisons The Best Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont

( £6.50 down to £5.75, 14.5%, Morrisons )

The Araldica co-op makes some of the best inexpensive reds and whites in northern Italy, typified by the quality of this juicy, spicy, sappy Barbera from Piedmont. Plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit are framed by savoury tannins and the tangy acidity that’s typical of the variety. Smooth and full-bodied,...

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