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Wine tasting

It isn’t hard to hold your own wine tasting; get a group of friends together, share the cost and learn from each other. You can have a lot of fun…

Southern Rhône

‘White Rhone has been misunderstood for years,’ said Decanter’s Rhône expert John Livingstone- Learmonth. ‘But this tasting shows that the wines can now be considered as serious, with quality and…

Premium rosé

Is premium rosé (above £15) a contradiction in terms? Should rosé be fresh and simple, not complex, weighty or oak-aged? The modern Provençal style is regarded by many as the…

Miraval, rose wine, provence

Over the last five years, Washington DC based MacArthur Beverages has seen a tenfold increase in rosé wine sales, to 1,000 cases in 2014. This year is likely to be…

La Dauphine, Bordeaux

There are many unsung heroes of Bordeaux, but in choosing the best value Bordeaux wine châteaux I opted for estates with a long history that have produced consistent quality through…

Florence travel

Where to eat & drink The region’s capital city Firenze (Florence) offers great places to eat as well as stunning art and architecture. So after you visit the Medici tombs…

Grower Champagne

Why drink ‘grower Champagne’? For me, good wine is above all an expression of place, and the profundity of that expression often reflects the quality of the viticulture involved. Terroir-expressive…

Piedmont whites

The lack of any Outstanding wines was probably down to the difficult 2014 vintage, but don’t let that put you off buying these characterful, food-friendly whites, said our panel. ‘This…

Wine buff

At what point does wine beginner turn into wine buff? Is there a lightbulb moment when you realise you know more than the person serving you in the shop? When…

Sauternes, Sauternes and food pairing

Sandrine Garbay, winemaker at Sauternes premier cru supérieur Château d’Yquem, advises overall: ‘When matching Sauternes and Barsac to foods, just remember to consider the vintage, age of the wine, presence…

A youthful Hugh Johnson talks you through opening a bottle of Champagne in the correct manner in the third episode of this 1980s series, re-published as part of Decanter's 40th…

Bairrada vineyards, Portugal

Alsace Sylvaner – Ian D’Agata Alsatian Sylvaner is one of the world’s best-kept secrets: many wines are truly worth twice the price they sell for. Some producers still churn out…

Issy les Molineaux, Paris

Most French households have a pot of Blanc de Meudon somewhere in their kitchen cupboards. One particularly well known brand sees the white powder housed within a clear plastic jar,…

Many wine lovers instinctively reach for the Provence rosé or fresh, crisp whites at the first hint of summer sun. Failing that, sales of Prosecco and sparkling wine in general…

Dom Perignon - Oz Clarke

Prestige Cuvée champagnes don’t get a massively good rap among normal wine drinkers. They’re fiendishly expensive and they often seem to be drunk only by celebs and Eurotrash who’ve definitely…

Fita Preta, Portugal

See Sarah Ahmed’s 22 exciting Portuguese whites here If the Brits are known for their reserve, the Portuguese elevate it to a new level. Take the advertising campaign which declared…

Australian alternatives

There’s more to Australia than Shiraz and Chardonnay, says Sarah Ahmed, who finds winemakers enthusiastically embracing a host of ‘other’ European grapes. See her 18 top wines here.  

Barolo, La Morra, Piemonte

For most of the last 100 years, Barolo has been talked of as Italy’s leading wine. Brunello di Montalcino (currently very trendy in Italy) takes a tilt at it now…

Domaine Georges Vernay

Georges Vernay at a glance Location Condrieu, northern Rhône Winemaker Christine Vernay Vineyard area 22ha, farmed organically Average vine age 40 years Grapes 50% Viognier, 50% Syrah Wines Condrieu: Coteau…

Prosecco

Fresh, frothy and delightfully informal, Prosecco sales continue to rise. If you’re not drinking it – and you should be – then those sales are probably down to the fact…

English sparkling wine

See Susie Barrie MW’s top English sparkling wines It’s hard to believe that, in just over 25 years, the English sparkling wine industry has come so far. Only in the…

Itata Vineyard

It was the middle of the night when the earthquake struck – at 3:34am on 27 February 2010. At magnitude 8.8, this was one of the most powerful ever recorded,…

takaji

I’ve always presumed it was the gorgeous taste of Tokaji that first made it famous, or indeed its legendary restorative powers that had the great and good of Europe queuing…

Campania,

Decanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on Southern Italian wines.

Paul Hobbs WInery, Chardonnay

A decade ago, it was hard to find 10 remarkable Californian Chardonnays sold outside the US. The UK was particularly bereft, with only bottom-shelf commercial plonk and astronomically priced treasures…