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Jefford on Monday: Chardonnay Songs

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa

In 1970s South Africa, the thirst for Chardonnay among the country's young generation of winemakers could only be assuaged by smuggling. The 'suitcase clones' which arrived illicitly back then made Chardonnay the avant-garde variety of choice (though not without collateral damage: some of the Chardonnay later proved to be Alsace's Auxerrois).

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Jefford on Monday: Cape Enigma

DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch

It’s happened again. There I was, leaning back, my feet on the fender, toasting my toes in the firelight of comfortable certainty – then along comes a wine which singes my socks.

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Jefford on Monday: Kissing the Wind

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Limoux is the Languedoc's eccentric: sparkling wines and mountain whites from France's deep south. Thanks to the proactive kindness of the Anglo-Dutch Panman family of Ch Rives-Blanques, I got the chance to explore it recently. It's still challenging my imagination.

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Decanter World Wine Awards Consumer Tasting 2014

Tastes in wine vary from person to person. But take just one person: you. Do your tastes vary – in time?

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Gerard Bertrand

Forceful, ebullient, ruddy, hale, perhaps abrasive: that's what you'd expect of a former rugby international turned wine merchant.

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