Decanter Magazine: September 2013

On sale: Tuesday 6 August 2013

Inside the magazine this month: Andrew Jefford's pick of France's most exciting wine region, Superb Rioja from £8, Chianti Classico guide plus Decanter's 2013 California supplement

Decanter September issue California guide

The lure of the south: Andrew Jefford takes us on a personal tour of his favourite wines in the many regions that make up his adopted home, the south of France

Producer profile: de Vogüé: Stephen Brook meets the perfectionists at Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé who are making great Burgundies in Musigny and Bonnes-Mares

Pinot Noir, the Martinborough way: Now in its fourth decade of wine production, the New Zealand region has enough similarites to Burgundy to excite a growing number of pioneers, says Jeannie Cho Lee MW

The pull of the River: The author of the annual Margaret River Report, Ch’ng Poh Tiong looks at the issue of regionality in this spectacular Western Australian zone

Vintage Ports 2011: It’s lining up to be one of the greats, says Richard Mayson

Vintage guide to Chianti Classico: Richard Baudins rates recent vintages, advising on how the wines are drinking, and picking out star performers

120-year-old Cabernet Franc?: Jim Budd goes in search of Loire reds with ageing potential

Extreme fino: Margaret Rand seeks out the darker, more expressive styles

Assyrtiko: 57 wines tasted, 1 Outstanding: Santorini came out as the most consistent place for quality, but the mainland also won praise

Rioja: 87 wines tasted, 4 Outstanding: In complete agreement, our tasters say that no other region does complexity and value as well as Rioja

Weekday wines: Want to try something different at a reasonablev price? Our team recommends 25 great-value wines on the UK shelves, for under £20


Travel: Cape Winelands: Fiona Beckett on the Best of Wine Tourism in South Africa

California 2013 supplement

The new California: Jon Bonné meets a new generation of winemakers focusing on nuance in both mainstream and minor grape varieties

Napa families: Corporations haven’t taken over here –. Jordan Mackay discovers why family comes first in Napa

Napa: return to finesse: The damp, cool weather of 2011 forced producers to create fresh, restrained wines, says Jeannie Cho Lee MW

2010 & 2011 Cabernet: The elegant, structured reds from these cool vintages will hit the spot for many years, says Linda Murphy

AVAs: are they valid?: Elin McCoy argues that many viticultural areas are based on marketing, not terroir

Best sites for Pinot Noir: Like Burgundy, these vines thrive in cool microclimates – both coastal and/or high in altitude, finds Stephen Brook

Top Pinots in the UK: Stephen Brook picks his 18 best Californian Pinot Noirs

Beyond the valley: It is time to look beyond Napa, says Antonio Galloni, who recommends wines from less-famous regions

The State of Chardonnay: Elin McCoy looks at how the big buttery blockbusters that made California’s name have given way to a new elegance

Dining excellence: Matt Stamp MS selects his dining hot-spots in California’s wine regions

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