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Schieferkopf Alsace

Undervalued wine regions

Alsace Sylvaner – Ian D’Agata Alsatian Sylvaner is one of the world’s best-kept secrets: many wines are truly worth twice the price they sell for. Some producers still churn out…

Fita Preta, Portugal

Portugal: whites to excite

See Sarah Ahmed’s 22 exciting Portuguese whites here If the Brits are known for their reserve, the Portuguese elevate it to a new level. Take the advertising campaign which declared…

Champagne

Ageing gracefully: Laying down Champagne

Six Champagne vintages for your cellar How to store Champagne at home 10 Champagnes to lay down A misconception lingers in the minds of some wine consumers that Champagne doesn’t…

English sparkling wine

Made in England: sparkling wines

See Susie Barrie MW’s top English sparkling wines It’s hard to believe that, in just over 25 years, the English sparkling wine industry has come so far. Only in the…

Itata Vineyard

Chile: Back to the future

It was the middle of the night when the earthquake struck – at 3:34am on 27 February 2010. At magnitude 8.8, this was one of the most powerful ever recorded,…

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…

Punch magazine Champagne

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…