August, 2014

Napa Valley Vintners pledges $10m to quake relief

Napa's main wine trade body has pledged $10m to a disaster relief fund as local wineries pick through barrels strewn across their cellars by the most powerful earthquake in Northern…

Napa quake is a ‘wake up call’ for wineries

A powerful earthquake that rocked winery buildings and threw barrels across cellars near Napa in California should act as a warning to producers, some winemakers believe.

Producer profile: Château Calon-Ségur

It was once one of the most publicity-shy estates in Bordeaux, but today the new owners of this St-Estèphe third growth are laying out the welcome mat. But has this…

Raymond Blanc

Blanc’s petits vins

Chef Raymond Blanc is in pursuit of the perfect wines to match his food, so what’s on his revamped wine list and why has he slashed the selection by half?…

Rias Biaxis

Rías Baixas grows up

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?

Napa wineries rocked by powerful earthquake

The most powerful earthquake to hit northern California for 25 years has left more than 100 injured and wreaked havoc in wine cellars across Napa Valley and Sonoma County on…

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild dies

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d'Armailhac in Pauillac and of all the Baron Philip de Rothschild SA properties, died on August…

Magnum Fine Wines bought by Farr Vintners

Farr Vintners has bought fellow fine wine wholesaler Magnum Fine Wines for an undisclosed sum after founder Alan Rayne decided to retire from the wine trade.

Producer profile: Harlan Estate

Thirty years ago Bill Harlan set out to create a Californian first growth. Now he’s preparing to pass the estate on to the next generation, says Elin McCoy

Second thoughts: Bordeaux second wines

While no one would criticise the Bordelais’ continuing quest for quality, is the increasing trend towards second – and now third – wines good for consumers? Jane Anson reports

Champagne World War 2

Jefford on Monday: Wine In Troubled Times

August? That's when you go away on holiday and nothing much happens, isn't it? It used to seem so. Not this year. The last three weeks in in Gaza, Iraq,…

Know your Port

With the onset of winter and various festive celebrations looming, now's the time most wine lovers turn their attention to Port. But it's not just a wine for Christmas, says…

Naples Winter Wine Festival announces 2015 lineup

Organisers of the Naples Winter Wine Festival have unveiled the lineup for January's charity wine auction event taking place in Naples, Florida, which includes a host of world-renowned winemakers.

Coravin: Changing how we drink wine

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…

Bordeaux drinking windows: timed to perfection

Every great claret evolves in its own inimitable fashion, and deciding when to open your bottles can be tricky. Bordeaux expert Sebastian Payne MW assesses the drinkability of the great…