Decanter Magazine: February 2015

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Inside the magazine this month: Burgundy 2013, Californian Cabernet 2011, plus free 88-page Italy supplement...

February 2015

Vintage preview: Burgundy 2013:Gerard Basset tasted 556 wines throughout Chablis and the Côte d’Or. Here he gives his verdict on the new vintage and recommends the 96 top buys

Broaden your wine horizons: For a New Year’s resolution, Christelle Guibert suggests trying more esoteric, offbeat bottles, picking out 30 exciting – and good value – wines to try

Interview: Barbara Banke: Adam Lechmere meets a woman firmly in control of the global empire of Jackson Family Wines following her husband’s death in 2011

Cru bourgeois conundrum: Ranking this band of Bordeaux reds has caused controversy and discontent. A frustrated Clive Coates MW gives his view

Producer profile: Aalto: Sarah Jane Evans MW meets the duo behind this young but dynamic Ribera del Duero estate and finds out the secrets to their success

Discovering the Douro’s terroir: The regional subtleties of the soils here are finally being recognised, says Margaret Rand

The best apps for wine lovers: Mobile phones and tablets mean we have the world at our fingertips. Matt Walls looks at the top apps on the market now

Californian Cabernet 2011: 118 wines tasted, 4 Outstanding: This is an atypical vintage but fans of elegant, approachable wines will find lots to like

Roussillon reds: 82 wines tasted, 0 Outstanding: The big names disappointed, but the region’s characteristic rich warmth was still on show

Expert’s choice: Languedoc-Roussillon 2013: Natasha Hughes MW says few regions can match this one for diversity and value for money

Restaurants of the Year: Brian St Pierre awards The Chester Grosvenor and Fera at Claridges

Travel: Jura: Unique wines, Comté cheese and lovely views tempt Sue Style

Italy guide 2015

Italy today: Distinctive terroirs, a wealth of grapes plus regions reinventing themselves – it all adds up to ‘the best of times’ for Italian wine, says long-time Italian expert Ian D’Agata

Three wise men: Who better to explain what is driving Italy’s wine revolution than its talented winemakers. Carla Capalbo meets three of the best

Investment: Italy on the way up SuperTuscans and the wines of Piedmont are leading the charge as interest in Italian fine wine continues to grow, says Ella Lister

Barolo’s golden age – now: Since the turn of the century, the quality of Barolo has been exceptional. Michael Garner finds out why and recommends bottles to try

Alto Adige: Pinot Bianco: As Pinot Bianco gets to grips with Alto Adige’s impeccable terroir, Richard Baudains finds both complexity and ageability

Friuli: Pinot Grigio: Forget bland and boring – Stephen Brook finds that Pinot Grigio on the slopes of Friuli is re-emerging with poise and persistence

Travel: Valpolicella, Verona: With its rich mix of historic buildings, striking scenery, not to mention top-level wines, Valpolicella offers plenty for the wine-loving visitor, says local Alessandra Piubello

Prosecco Superiore: The quality of Prosecco Superiore today more than justifies its elevation to DOCG status, says an impressed Richard Baudains

The many crus of Montalcino: There’s no better way to reach the soul of Brunello de Montalcino than to seek out its single-vineyard cuvées, says Monty Waldin

Maremma: beyond Bolgheri: Native grapes, novel vineyard techniques and a new breed of winemaker is contributing to a more refined, yet still serious style of wine, says Walter Speller

Chanti Classico: back to school: With its new academy, the House of Chianti Classico offers courses to help you understand this fascinating region. Georgina Hindle is first through the door

The undiscovered Sangiovese: Move over Tuscany. Italy’s favourite red is taking a liking to other regions of Italy, with distinctive results and wallet-friendly prices too, says Richard Baudains

Marche: exploring Verdicchio: Visit the hills of the Marche for the world’s finest exposition of Verdicchio, says Tom Hyland, as he unearths the best examples

Puglia: bush-vine Primitivo: Pioneering producers are embracing the quality and ageability of wines made from bush-vine Primitivo, says Monty Waldin

Regional profile: Etna, Sicily: The vinous potential of Etna’s volcanic terroir is today fully realised, thanks to a raft of dynamic producers, says Simon Woolf

Italy’s iconic white wines: The quality and distinctive nature of Italy’s white wines has never been greater, says Ian D’Agata, as he selects his top 20

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