September 2015

Inside Decanter September 2015: New World Syrah, the vineyards of Shangri-La, great value in the Côte Chalonnaise, plus free California supplement.

Decanter September 2015 contents:

  • New World Syrah for Rhône lovers: This great grape has found huge success far from its French homeland. Our regional experts recommend the 70 best wines to seek out
  • The vineyards of Shangri-La: Jane Anson files an exclusive report on LVMH’s new red-wine venture near the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Great value in the Côte Chalonnaise: The five wine-producing communes of this Burgundian region offer excellent options for earlier drinking, advises Clive Coates MW
  • Interview: Danie de Wet: Andrew Jefford meets a man who has been at the centre of South Africa’s wine industry politics, while producing some of its best Chardonnays
  • Producer profile: Château Pédesclaux: Jane Anson charts the radical transformation at this Pauillac fifth growth
  • Canada can: There’s more than ice wine here, says Ian D’Agata, who charts the impressive progress in its two key wine provinces
  • Push for Rioja crus: Adam Lechmere meets a band of reformers who feel the classification system is too simple for this complex region
  • Dolcetto d’Alba: 104 wines tasted, 0 Outstanding: These affordable, lighter-styled reds offer great floral, fresh and fruity drinking
  • Southern Rhône whites 127 wines tasted, 3 Outstanding: Priced from £5.50, it’s time to rediscover the food-friendly charm of these improved wines
  • Expert’s choice: Premium rosé: Rosés can be complex, but can a price of £15 or more be justified, asks Elizabeth Gabay MW
  • Travel: Sardinia: This Italian island is the ideal gourmet’s holiday destination, says Carla Capalbo

Plus the California 2015 supplement: California guide 2015

  • Take 10 terroirs… Jordon Mackay celebrates the rise of terroir in conversations about Californian wine, highlighting 10 of the State’s most exciting areas and recommending wines to try from each
  • Mountain vineyards: The trend towards ever-higher plantings is resulting in fascinating new styles of wine, says Patrick Comiskey
  • Best 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons:  While 2012 brought a sigh of relief for vintners, Linda Murphy finds hopes even higher for 2013
  • New AVAs: With the rise in AVAs reflecting a desire to be distinctive, Cathy Huyghe introduces three notable new designations
  • Ageability & Cabernet Sauvignon: Elin McCoy asks leading winemakers to define what it is that gives fine Californian Cabernet Sauvignon true longevity
  • California’s Italian love affair: Terroir, culture and a sense of exploration are giving Italian varieties a new start, says Jon Bonné
  • California in the UK: Jane Parkinson scours the UK for the best places to buy and drink Californian wines
  • Rajat Parr: My San Francisco: Boutique producer, restaurateur and celebrated sommelier Rajat Parr shares his top tips for the Golden Gate City
  • Investment snapshot: With prices on the rise, Ella Lister finds rich pickings for the more adventurous consumer