December, 2011


Jefford on Monday: Scored Rigid

The mother of one of our village friends stopped me at the market a couple of Sundays ago. She and her partner have a wine domain in Fitou, about three…


Brussel Sprouts – it’s that time of year!

Christmas comes once a year, and so do Brussels sprouts. Love them or hate them, what do you really know about them? FIONA BECKETT serves up 12 facts to impress…


New AVA approved

The US government last week approved a new American Viticultural Area - Coombsville in Napa County, California.

Fires from McHenry Hohnen Winery

Jefford on Monday: Fire and the Vine

The bushfire which took place just under a month ago close to Prevelly, in the Wallcliffe sector of Margaret River, is a reminder that Christmas usually means the start of…

wine legends

Wine Legends of 2011: Château d’Yquem 1921

Every month in the magazine we celebrate a different bottle of wine that we believe should be recognised as a 'wine legend', this year's selected 12 include Dom Perignon 1961,…

Pancho Campo and Jay Miller

Institute of Masters of Wine investigates Campo

The Institute of Masters of Wine has instigated a formal investigation into the conduct of Pancho Campo MW and his organisation of tastings in Spain for the Wine Advocate.

Gina Gallo

Boissets buy Mondavi house

Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset have bought the former Mondavi house in Napa, according to reports.


Tax hikes hit UK wine sales

Wine sales are still falling in the UK high street – and the pace of decline is accelerating, the latest research says.

Decanter Advent Calendar: 15th December

Decanter Advent Calendar: 15th December

Watch our exclusive video of Christmas messages from winemakers from around the world, including Aurelio Montes of Montes & Kaiken Wines, Marie-Hélène Dussech of Chateau D'Issan and Bruce Cakebread of…

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia to release Rioja wine

Renowned Spanish producer Vega Sicilia will release its new Rioja wine – a joint venture with a member of the Rothschild family – next year.

christmas books, books,

December 14th: Great reads for Christmas

Are you still looking for some Christmas present inspiration? Decanter's Adam Lechmere and Brian St Pierre have sifted through the latest releases and picked their top choices to open this…


Steven Spurrier’s Christmas cellar vintage guide

If you're wondering what wines you should be getting out of your cellar this Christmas, look no further, as Steven Spurrier tells Decanter the best vintages of Burgundy, Bordeaux and…

douro valley

Jefford on Monday: Fear Stalks the Hills

What’s going on in the Douro? While wine drinkers across the wintry north smile at the prospect of a decanter brimming with vintage or crusted port to illuminate Christmas, those…