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Limoux the view from Rives Blanques

We all love a bubble. Or rather we all love the wine wrapped around those little spheres of trapped carbon dioxide: global sparkling wine consumption has gone up by 30 per cent over the past decade.

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Barossa vines

Will there, one day, be a Department of Terroir Studies at a leading academic institution? Who will be its first professor? How many disciplines will jockey for a position in its hive?

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Jefford on Monday: Remembering Serge

Serge Hochar, Chateau Musar

Just as there is no wine quite like Château Musar, so there will never be another winemaker like Serge Hochar. Let me try to explain why.

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Bordeaux railway line

It's not often that an SOS arrives by email, but that was what I found in my inbox in early December. A 'death warrant', apparently, had been drafted for the wines of Sauternes and Barsac; a 'terrible menace' was thus hanging over Yquem, Rieussec, Suduiraut and their like. Cripes! This looks serious.

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bush vines in Swartland

Some wines please; others both please and inform. The wines below are some of those which taught me most this year. I've quoted vintage and producer's name, but it's not always the named wine itself which matters so much as what that wine represents.

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Award-winning writer Andrew Jefford's Monday column on Decanter.com

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