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Paul Hobbs WInery, Chardonnay

Californian Chardonnay: 10 exciting producers

A decade ago, it was hard to find 10 remarkable Californian Chardonnays sold outside the US. The UK was particularly bereft, with only bottom-shelf commercial plonk and astronomically priced treasures…

Les Bessards vineyards, Northern Rhone,

Cutting-edge northern Rhône

Compared with the draughtsman’s precision of Côte d’Or vineyards, the northern Rhône feels more impressionistic. It might have 2,000 years of history to build on, but in many ways it’s…

Mendoza Malbec: the sub zones

Mendoza produces 75% of the Malbec we see on the shelves, but you’d be wrong to assume the wines are all much the same. To ensure you’re getting the very…

Create the perfect Spanish cellar

Spain is one of the favourite wine-producing countries among Decanter readers. Sarah Jane Evans MW and Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW explain how to build the perfect Spanish cellar, including wines…

How Britain shaped the wine world

The British Isles has influenced certain wine styles more than any other nation. Julien Hitner looks back at the history of claret, Port and Champagne, and explores Britain’s enduring love…

Chianti Classico: Back to school

Where better to learn about the intricacies of the Chianti Classico region and its wines than in Tuscany itself, at the Consorzio’s new academy? Georgina Hindle was a willing student…

Orange wines: it’s time to get in touch

It’s the new colour on the wine spectrum – white wine made as if it were a red. Simon Woolf debunks the myths behind this centuries-old style of vinification and…

Producer profile: Château Malartic-Lagravière

One of only six Bordeaux châteaux classified for both its red and white wine, this Pessac-Léognan estate has gone from strength to strength since its purchase by the Bonnie family…

Primitivo: A return to the old ways

Primitivo is practically synonymous with Puglia and the south of Italy. Yet it is taking a plucky band of pioneers to re-establish it in its truest form, as a bush…

Beaujolais: revival of the fittest

From St-Amour in the north to Brouilly in the south, the 10 crus of Beaujolais suffered in the past from a lack of investment and poor winemaking, not to mention…

Vino de Pago: When is a Pago not a Pago?

Spain’s top-tier appellation of Vino de Pago and the private association Grandes Pagos de España both promote single-estate wines. There the similarity ends and the confusion begins. Mark O’Halleron reports…

Three wise men: Italy’s winemakers

No one has a better grasp of Italy’s current wine scene than the professional winemakers who work the length and breadth of the country. For an insider’s view, Carla Capalbo…

Barbaresco: first among equals

It’s time for Piedmont’s ‘other’ great Nebbiolo wine to stop being seen as the perennial bridesmaid to Barolo, says Ian D’Agata. Barbaresco is just as good and (whisper it) in…

Bride Valley: Spurrier’s vineyard

Steven Spurrier is well known to Decanter readers. But what many might not know is that he’s now making English sparkling wine. John Livingstone-Learmonth explains how this particular vineyard adventure…

White surprise: Alto Adige Pinot Bianco

Richard Baudains attended the Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Symposium with low expectations and memories of watery, characterless whites. Totally wowed by the wines, he explains here what lies behind the…

Producer profile: Feudi di San Gregorio

A violent earthquake in Campania 35 years ago led to the birth of one of the area’s leading wine estates. Carla Capalbo visits a standard bearer for southern Italian wines

Think you know Pinot Grigio?

Drink again. As Stephen Brook found on a recent trip to Friuli, there is a nucleus of winemakers crafting Pinot Grigios on the slopes of Friuli with more poise and…

Wine flaws: Characterful to a fault

Like Marmite, we might have to agree to disagree when it comes to our own tolerance for faults in wine. Either way, love them or hate them, it’s useful to…

Regional profile: Great Southern

Its potential was spotted a decade before that of more famous neighbour Margaret River. But only now is this wine region – Australia’s largest – being appreciated for its diversity…

Barolo’s golden age

It’s been an exceptional start to the 21st century for Piedmont’s Barolo producers. Michael Garner finds out what’s behind this unprecedented string of strong vintages and homes in on the…