Its Not Just A Drink

...it's a way of life. Drinking fino or manzanilla sherry in Spain, that is. RICHARD MAYSON applauds the wines that fuel many a Jerezano's day (and night)

Portugal when They Are Good

Like the region's climate, the wines of Vinho Verde vary enormously. Quality and character range from sweetish, fizzy whites to tannic, high-acid reds, but some of the best are light,…

Italy Roman Triumph

Overproduction and decling quality caused Frascati's reputation to take a nose-dive. Now, however, the classic Roman white looks set for a revival. RICHARD BAUDAINS reports

Single Quinta wines from Portugal

A country-wide association of independent growers producing and bottling wines entirely from grapes grown in their own vineyards is helping to reinforce the move throughout Portugal towards high quality single…

Napa Valley Great Leap Forward

With its focus on classic red varieties, Stags Leap District is rapidly becoming one of the most distinctive appellations in California. NORM ROBY reports

Pomerol 1985

1985 was a good year in Bordeaux, producing Merlot of exceptional quality, and nowhere did this grape do better than in Pomerol, writes DAVID PEPPERCORN MW.

Italy Wines From Lost Isle

The isolated island of Sardinia, floating far from the Italian mainland, is making its presence known in the wine world once more, writes TOM BRUCE-GARDYNE

Cairanne- A Name To Conjure With

The reputation of the Rhône village of Cairanne seemed almost too good to be true. Decanter sent a cynical ANTHONY PEREGRINE to investigate.

The Oregon Trail

Pinot Gris was pioneered in Oregon in 1970 and is now one of the region's most successful white varietals, as STEPHEN BROOK discovers

Base Wine Into Gold

In the right hands, Chenin Blanc can be transformed from a basic Loire white into a rich, characterful wine. JAMES LAWTHER MW meets the alchemists of Vouvray and Montlouis.

Douro Table Reds

Long regarded as a poor relation to the region's famous Port wines, Douro table reds are finally getting the recognition they deserve, writes RICHARD MAYSON

Secret Gardens

DAVE BROOM assesses the changes going on in some of Spain's lesser known regions

Burgundy

Weather Conditions Flowering was protracted, and the summer was warm and dry if not especially sunny, with high temperatures in August. There was some frost and hail in the Mâconnais.…

Pinot Noir Paradise

Vosne-Romanée offers just the right conditions for Pinot Noir to produce the greatest wines in Burgundy. CLIVE COATES MW provides a guide to the leading growers.

Weather Conditions The first of the El Nino vintages, this one was cold, rainy, atypical, and late. In November and December of 97 and January and February of 98, the…

Vintage guide for Red Rhone 1998. The best southern Rhône vintage since 1990. Northern Rhônes are full, punchy and well developed.

Weather Conditions Flowering was protracted, and the summer was warm and dry if not especially sunny, with high temperatures in August. September was marred by rain, but there were ten…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

Sauternes and Barsac 1998 Weather Conditions The weather pattern was uneven, but by the time botrytis arrived in mid-September the grapes were fully ripe. Spells of rain complicated the harvest,…

Médoc and Graves

Medoc and Graves 1998 Weather Conditions Flowering took place in normal conditions, and a dull July was followed by a hot dry August which thickened the skins, which were then…

Weather Conditions First rain and cool temperatures prevailed in July. Rot threatened but never actually materialised. Then, during the first 10 days of August, a heatwave began scalding some of…

Weather Conditions May was hot and sunny and as a result the flowering was two weeks ahead of usual. The good weather continued through June and July until August when…

1998 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions A cool, wet spring and early summer slashed yields and induced mildew and oidium in many vineyards. After a period of unrelenting heat in high summer, a minute…