White Stone and Sun

by Rod Smith MW
Brač is the largest island in the Croatian archipelago on the Dalmatian coast, and just eight kilometres (around an hour by catamaran) from the easily accessible and beautiful city of...

Bordeaux 2019 mini report


For free (because of its incompleteness), download an assessment of the 135 samples of Bordeaux 2019 that I was sent, without having the opportunity to taste in situ. With just...

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Whither Bordeaux 2019?

by Rod Smith MW
Why on earth would anyone spend €370 for a bottle of Cheval Blanc when you can buy Figeac for €120? Both seem likely to score around the 98-100 point range...

Treasure Island

by Rod Smith MW
As the tragedy of Australia’s 2019/20 bushfires continues to unfold, the most significant impact on the wine industry has been tragedy in the Adelaide Hills. So far, Tasmania has largely...

2018 Bordeaux En Primeur Report


Modern technology has made many things possible, but it still hasn’t enabled us to be in two places simultaneously. My duties as co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge meant that...

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