DWWA judging process

The distinction between wine writing (entertainingly educational, embracing all of wine’s cultural depth) and wine criticism (a consumer service, concerned…

"This rain," said winegrower Thierry Navarre, staring cheerfully out of his cellar windows at the forbidding clouds swirling around the…

Premiere Napa Valley Auction

Why buy wine at auction? After another affluent year in the salerooms, it seems as if auction purchasers enjoy paying…

Jefford tasting

He’s moved since my last visit, but since he wishes to remain strictly anonymous (a secret agent of sorts) I’d…

Jacques Lardiere

Jacques Lardière, one of Burgundy’s best-known (and best-loved) winemakers, is retiring from Louis Jadot, for whom he has worked for…

corkscrew

I haven’t yet dared post a Monday blog about bottle closures. Like ‘natural wine’, the subject rouses such strong, intransigent…

Children eating grapes

We’ve done our bit for the 2012 harvest. Virgile Joly, one of the Languedoc’s most convivial growers, organizes a ‘Journée…

parker

As we tasted our way through the submissions for Decanter’s Asia Wine Awards the week before last, a persistent rumour…