Decanter Magazine: January 2015

On sale: Tuesday 2 December 2014

Inside the magazine this month: Decanter's top 50 wines of 2014, best own-label Champagne, 1994 Vintage Port & Australian Pinot Noir...

January 2015

Decanter’s Top 50 Wines of the Year: From more than 4,800 wines tasted and rated by our experts over the past 12 months, we have picked out the highest- scoring, best-value bottles – including 20 priced at £20 or below to kick-start your seasonal festivities

The many faces of Rioja: Rioja is all things to all people: from simple unoaked wines and traditional Tempranillos aged in American oak to more modern blends and terroir-driven examples. Sarah Jane Evans MW examines the styles and recommends her top 25

Interview: Nicolas Audebert: Moving back from Argentina to head up two famed properties in Bordeaux, this French-born winemaker plans to let the terroir do the talking, says Jane Anson

Bordeaux’s ugly-duckling vintages: While it may require a little detective work, there are stars to be found in Bordeaux in every year. Ian D’Agata shares his tips on which wines to enjoy from five overlooked vintages

The fiendishly difficult Bordeaux quiz: Know your Pessacs from your Pauillacs? Then see how you fare in these Left Bank Bordeaux Cup competition questions

Australian Pinot Noir: 71 wines tasted, 4 Outstanding: Victoria, Tasmania and Adelaide Hills are proving they can mix it with the world’s best

Cahors: 100 wines tasted, 4 Outstanding: A revolution in both vineyard and cellar means quality here has never been stronger

Own-label Champagne: 57 wines tasted, 2 Outstanding: From just £11.99, these fine fizzes are not only a bargain but give the big brands a run for their money

Expert’s choice: 1994 Vintage Port: Richard Mayson revisits this lauded vintage 20 years on from an original Decanter tasting

34 festive buys: Our team recommends a selection of great wines to enjoy over the holiday season

Restaurants: Brian St Pierre on Bath’s Olive Tree

Travel: Franschhoek: Angela Lloyd visits the Cape’s must-see destination

My Melbourne: Steve Webber on his favourite city haunts

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