decanter november 2016

Decanter November 2016

Little brother wines: Tips from some of our best authors on why second wines and ‘lesser’ cuvées from top producers merit attention

Top 25 New World sparkling wines: Our expert tasters select the very best premium bubblies

Cava’s new top tier: The new Cava de Paraje Calificado classification is long-deserved recognition for the best single-estate wines, says Sarah Jane Evans MW

Prosecco’s top tier: the Rive difference: Village names on labels now point to the best quality subzones for this Italian favourite, as Richard Baudains explains

Producer profile: Clos des Papes: The Châteauneuf-du-Pape name to know if you prefer an elegant style. By Matt Walls

Best value Burgundy: Andy Howard MW advises on how to get the best for your money, and picks 25 great value wines, white and red

Role of the barrel: Why exactly do producers store wines for extended periods in casks made of oak? William Kelley reveals all

California: Napa Valley matriarchs: Linda Murphy meets the three women still inspiring progress at the Chappellet, Duckhorn and Spottswoode wineries

Chambolle-Musigny 2014 68 wines tasted: Good value in this ‘charming’ vintage, which offers wines for drinking soon or for keeping

South African Chenin Blanc 93 wines tasted: Balanced wines that are now rivalling the best of the Loire, especially from the 2015 vintage

Expert’s choice: Bordeaux 2013 classified reds: A tricky vintage, no doubt. But, says Stephen Brook, there’s pleasurable drinking to be found

Restaurants: Fiona Beckett visits Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden and the new Blandford Comptoir, London

Travel: Italy, Franciacorta: Sparkling sights, with Alessandra Piubello

My Hong Kong: Jeannie Cho Lee MW loves the island city’s pace of life