Andrew Jefford

judging

This is a column I've been drafting for a decade. Between 2004 and 2008, I noticed that more and more young and inexpensive reds (and some whites) at supermarket tastings…

jefford on monday.

Let me own up. I have a Sauvignon Blanc problem. It’s the variety of choice for millions, yet it really only gets my pulse racing if its creator has taken…

Turkey vineyard

Last Tuesday, I spoke to Taner Öğütoğlu, the Director of Wines of Turkey, on his drive home through the Istanbul traffic. He was planning on working that evening. Not an…

Andrew Jefford soils

The relationship between rock, soil and wine flavour is as little understood as it is widely celebrated. There is a long-held European belief is that nothing matters more than the…

Lagier Meredith Andrew Jefford

The more vineyards you visit, the more quickly you become inured to their attractions. Yes, that summer lunch under the old cedar was lovely, but the cold of winter is…

DWWA 2013

What’s a decade? One-fifth of a working lifetime, in most cases: a significant span. I’m now home after the tenth year of sitting in judgment as a panel chair for…

jeffordonmonday

I live in the Languedoc, but I try not to write about it too often: I don’t want to bore you all. It’s been just six weeks since the last…

Father Ioseb

Empty bottles lined the windows, greening the grey Tbilisi afternoon; I sat next to Metropolitan Davit of Alaverdi in the gathering gloom. We stared together at a deeply coloured white…

Vallee du Rhone

It seemed a good plan. Take one day at the Rhône Découvertes tasting in Avignon. Some of the world's greatest wine bargains go to market as Côtes du Rhône or…

DWWA judging process

The distinction between wine writing (entertainingly educational, embracing all of wine’s cultural depth) and wine criticism (a consumer service, concerned with the description and assessment of individual wines) seems a…

Grower Champange couple, Maule Carignan,

Even the most moderate consumer of on-line wine-writing last year must have read somewhere or other about Vigno: Chile’s ‘Vignadores de Carignan’. This was partly a tribute to the Association’s…

"This rain," said winegrower Thierry Navarre, staring cheerfully out of his cellar windows at the forbidding clouds swirling around the mountain opposite, "couldn't have come at a better time." It…

Premiere Napa Valley Auction

Why buy wine at auction? After another affluent year in the salerooms, it seems as if auction purchasers enjoy paying over the odds - and that's before they've found handfuls…

Burgundy

Beaten by a cave: poor Burgundy. Its World Heritage status will, it seems, have to wait a little longer. It was hoping to be accepted on to the UNESCO register…

Mosel snow

The hushed season of ice and snowflakes is as good a time as any to consider the issue of delicacy in wine. Southern hemisphere readers may be contemplating another day…

Jefford tasting

He’s moved since my last visit, but since he wishes to remain strictly anonymous (a secret agent of sorts) I’d better not describe the house or the street. Both, while…

En Primeur

What’s the most precious thing you own? It might be the story of your life. When you look for a new job or tiptoe into a long-term relationship, your story…

Lafite bottling

Is the electronic word suffocating the printed word? 2012’s surprisingly prolific harvest of wine books would suggest not. Self-publishers are indeed lifting the tide, but it’s encouraging that mainstream publishers…

vines, wine, grapes,

If, like Prince Charles and I, you regard any established tree specimen with reverence and wonder, you will know that these are troubling times.

Block 42 - Jefford

It came rather late in the year (on 12.12.12, ominously enough), but there was one press release last year which I read twice. The first reading was accompanied with growing…

Pic St Loup from glider, Morties to right.jpg

Perhaps we're all biased, but the wine drinker's year seems one of unrivalled sensual excitement: we can relish the scents of distant places, and taste time itself via a seasonal…

Eric Michel and Lydia Bourguignon

My 24th year as a surrogate drinker is drawing to a close. 2012 has been a torrent of stimulation, some of the highlights of which I'll describe this week and…

Jacques Lardiere

Jacques Lardière, one of Burgundy’s best-known (and best-loved) winemakers, is retiring from Louis Jadot, for whom he has worked for over 40 years. You probably already know this: like any…

Periodic table of wine

Much playtime at the recent EWBC conference in Turkey was spent in competitive pronunciation. All of the non-Turkish speakers, in particular, attempted to outdo each other in declaiming “Öküzgözü” and…