Barolo 2011

The Barolo 2011 vintage was characterised by a very early harvest and lower than usual yields. The growing season got off to an early start thanks to higher than usual…

La Brunella farm owned by Baroli in Barolo

Anson on Thursday: It’s a bit like buying a house and discovering a Titian hidden in the floorboards. When Silvano Boroli decided to break from his family’s De Agostini publishing…

Haut-Brion, Le Clarence, in Paris.

Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Châteaux Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Quintus, officially opened Le Clarence restaurant last night (17 November). It is located in an 18th century hôtel particulier…

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Cahors Malbec masterclass, Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015

There was an informal atmosphere inside the Cahors Malbec masterclass, with Andy Howard MW keen to open up the discussion by getting guests to share their thoughts. History of Cahors…

Reims Cathedral hit by German shellfire in 1914

Champagne and World War One: Champagne lost people, vineyards, buildings and markets as a result of vicious fighting during World War One. Don and Petie Kladstrup, writing in their book…

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.…