Dry January

Dr Michael Apstein: the science of dry January The first question I get when people hear that I’m a gastroenterologist (liver doctor) who writes about wine is: ’how much is…

Nyetimber, English wine quiz

I’m sure you’ve all seen the cartoon that’s doing the rounds this month, where a man is reclining in an armchair with a glass of wine. His wife is standing…

Villa Maria vineyards, Gimblett Gravels

See Andrew Jefford’s tasting notes on Gimblett Gravels wine from the 2013 vintage – scroll down this article In the established wine-growing zones typical of Europe, each new vintage promises…

Joy of Terroir January 2015

Back in November, I reported on a conversation with Philippe Guigal – but omitted the final intriguing remark he made: ‘Wine is also a dream.’ I’ve heard other wine producers…

Michel Roux OBE talks to Heston Blumenthal

For the past six months, I have been cooking peas with a precision that had, until now, entirely passed me by. I can date back my awakening to March 2015,…

Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) vineyards

Dinner with Sassicaia Something like this isn’t meant to occur in Europe, where wine has been made for thousands of years. The event I’m thinking of was what took place…

Massolino vineyards in Barolo

You’ll all know that the new (fourth) edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine has been published.  Santa will, I’m sure, drop it down many wine-lovers’ chimneys with a house-shaking…

A view across limestone vineyards at St Jean de Bebian, Languedoc

Winemaker Samuel Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac, who divides his time between France and California, noted in a recent interview with The Drinks Business magazine that Languedoc needed more…

Jefford, Pic St Loup, Languedoc

In a week’s time, the 2015 Climate Change Conference will begin in Paris: an event of significance not so much for our planet (which has undergone dramatic and sometimes rapid…

Vineyards on La Mouline, Rhone

Jefford on Monday: Is Rhône 2015: the best in 50 years? It’s looking like a great 2015 vintage throughout the Rhône valley, as everywhere else in France. The Guigals measure their…

Piedmont vineyards in autumn

Anson on Thursday: The slopes of Piedmont at this time of year are an assault on the senses. I am driving through the early morning fog with Archille Baroli, picking…

Wine Colour

In our sensory perception of wine, colour tends to come in a distant third after aroma and taste. But is that justified? Richard Hemming reports...