Margaret Rand

Margaret Rand

Margaret Rand is a past editor of Wine Magazine, Wine & Spirit International and Whisky Magazine. She now writes for World of Fine Wine, Drinks Business, Decanter and Imbibe among others, and is general editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. She has won several Roederer and Lanson awards, and a new edition of Grapes and Wines is due out any minute.

Wine buff

At what point does wine beginner turn into wine buff? Is there a lightbulb moment when you realise you know more than the person serving you in the shop? When…

The Douro’s soils were long seen as one and the same when it came to growing Port grapes, of whatever variety. But thanks to new approaches from the major shippers,…

Oak ageing is an art. The barrels a winemaker chooses have a marked effect on how the wine will taste, lending flavours that range from sweet to austere, says Margaret…

Rias Biaxis

The Albariño of Spain’s Rías Baixas was once a wine to drink young, but now it will last for a decade. What changed, asks Margaret Rand?

Coravin is a new needle-through-the-cork system that is already revolutionising the way we drink wine. Margaret Rand explains how it works, while Christelle Guibert introduces a series of Decanter tests…

Richard Geoffroy

Eloquent, smart, hardworking and fun, Mr Dom Pérignon did his best to shrug off his family's Champagne-making heritage before destiny caught up with him. 'I thought I could do better…

vins clairs

Champagne's cellar masters have one of the most challenging jobs in wine

Domaine de Chevalier

Domaine de Chevalier has established itself among the top name of the Graves. Owner Olivier Bernard tells Margaret Rand how he did it

Dom Perignon

What should we expect from vintage Champagne? A reflection of the house style, or a daring snapshot of a single year? Margaret Rand hears growers' and houses' different views on…

Bordeaux and the New World

You can take the winemaker out of Bordeaux, but you can’t take Bordeaux out of the winemaker. There’s Bruno Prats, bringing Bordelais elegance to such places as Alicante in Spain,…


One of the more amusing stories on in recent months was that of a French Sauvignon Blanc named ‘Kiwi Cuvée’ being banned in Australia. The authorities were concerned it…

Simon Berry interview

Head of the UK’s best-known wine merchant, Simon Berry has much to say on Bordeaux prices, the market and Robert Parker. By Margaret rand

Decanter interview: Prince Robert of Luxembourg

In 75 years under the same ownership, Château Haut-Brion has gone from being led by a Texan banker to a Prince of Luxembourg. The current owner talks Margaret rand through…

Languedoc made easy

With a raft of unfamiliar appellations and varied terroirs, it’s no wonder we’re confused about Languedoc-Roussillon. So do the numerous ACs actually mean anything? Margaret Rand tries to navigate a…

Music and wine: notes from the glass

Sauternes and Strauss? Blaufränkisch and Brahms? margaret rand looks at which wines strike a chord with works from the classical music greats

The Colour of Rose

All the recent talk about rosé has revolved around how it should be made. But there’s more to the wine than just bleeding or blending, says Margaret Rand. Colour, for…

The hidden deals of 2009

As the recession bites and wine merchants start to feel the pinch, consumers are set to enjoy benefits of a buyer's market. Margaret Rand looks at the year's likely bargains.

Interview – Ben Glaetzer

MARGARET RAND finds a window in Ben Glaetzer’s masochistic schedule to hear his plans for remoulding the admirerd Australian family dynasty

Reinventing Rioja

The rise of New World wines has forced Rioja's wineries to adapt to modern styles - just don't tell the Spanish. Margaret Rand reports