Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015, Grand tasting

Sir Winston Churchill understood the social (and political) value of a great wine, once describing Champagne as the ‘oil of government’. It was somewhat fitting, then, that the curtain on…

Penfolds

Jefford on Monday: He clipped through London this September to show off the company’s 2015 releases around a month before they were officially unveiled — in Shanghai.  More of those…

California Cabernet 2012

California Cabernet 2012 ‘2012 was an outstanding vintage,’ says Chris Carpenter, winemaker for Jackson Family Wines’ high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, bottled under the Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota and Mount…

Mendoza wineries, argentina wine quiz

Four Mendoza wineries to visit READ: Wine Trails: Mendoza travel guide Tapiz You’ll know you’ve arrived at Tapiz when you spot the llamas. Dozens graze in the fields around the…

Mendoza travel guide, argentina wine quiz

Maybe you can’t distinguish between Italian wine regions on a map, or explain the difference between French and American oak barrels. But unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances…

value argentina malbec

Decanter set out to find the best value wines from South America, with a team of expert tasters and regional experts. Here, we’ve got the best value Argentina Malbec wines,…

Petit Manseng grapes in Virginia

Jefford on Monday I was on best behaviour, of course, but the windiest Atlantic hurricane since Igor in 2010 would have thrown cars around and squashed the homes of those…

Priorat wine

Priorat seems to have come a long way since our last tasting in March 2011. Our judges’ perceptions then of high-alcohol, over-oaked and concentrated wines have been replaced, thanks to…

Agnolotti

Agnolotti with burrata and mint Chef: Alessandro Gavagna Cooking time: 90 minutes, plus resting/hanging time Serves: 4 Course: Starter Skill level: Medium Ingredients: For the pasta: 500g of flour 00,…

Colchagua Valley, Rapel area, Chile

Wines we’ve been drinking: Quinta do Feital, Dorado Superior Alvarinho, Minho, Portugal 2005 A really individual wine from old, ungrafted, organic vines in the Monção sub region of Vinho Verde.…

Rioja travel guide

As part of our series of extracts from Lonely Planet's new travel book Wine Trails, see the six Rioja wineries they've picked to visit during your wine holiday.

Harvesting grapes, Hambledon

My London underground commute was recently swapped for a train to Petersfield, Hampshire, to try my hand at harvesting wine grapes at Hambledon Vineyard. Only an hour from London, it’s…

value Sauvignon Blanc

Decanter put together a team of expert tasters and South American specialists to find some of the best value wines that the continent can offer. Here, we’ve got their five…

Pinot Noir grapes in Burgundy

​Jefford on Monday: The concept of vintage fidelity is an intriguing one. Is it an absolute or a relative ideal? Some see it as a kind of annex to terroir:…

La Grande Dame 2006, Veuve Clicquot

Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot’s chef de cave was in London this week to launch La Grande Dame 2006 vintage Champagne, named for the Widow Clicquot, the titan(e)of 19th Century Champagne.…

Bordeaux 2015, Graves

Bordeaux 2015 en primeur: Read all the latest from Decanter experts Alongside lavish château parties and whispering courtiers, the négociants are gearing up for a Bordeaux 2015 vintage that has…

Raccoon

Many winemakers around the world have tales of animals eating wine grapes in their vineyards. See below for a rogues’ gallery. Raccoons in Germany Raccoons, not native to Germany, were…

Nyetimber, English wine quiz

It’s Back to the Future day – a reference to the second instalment of the Steven Spielberg trilogy that pictured a world of hoverboards and micro meals by 21 October…

Saint Chinian

The first Saint-Chinian wines gained appellation status back in 1982, but the past decade has been arguably the most dramatic, as it has also for nearby areas such as Faugeres…

Featured Image DWA

The wines below have been chosen as part of Decanter’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Thierry Meyer DWWA Regional Chair for Alsace and has written about wine since 1999 Famille Hugel, Schoelhammer…