Ten exciting dry and off-dry German Riesling wines
Things are changing, says Margaret Rand...
Things are changing, says Margaret Rand...
Margaret Rand recommends a selection of offbeat bottles that no wine lover should miss...
An in-depth report from our archive...
Margaret Rand discovers what makes Hugel tick...
The Douro’s soils were long seen as one and the same when it came to growing Port grapes, of whatever variety. But thanks to new approaches from the major shippers, the regional subtleties of terroir are now being appreciated. Margaret Rand reports
Don't write off Lambrusco as sweet, simple wine made on an industrial scale...
Oak ageing is an art. The barrels a winemaker chooses have a marked effect on how the wine will taste, lending flavours that range from sweet to austere, says Margaret Rand.
The Albariño of Spain’s Rías Baixas was once a wine to drink young, but now it will last for a decade. What changed, asks Margaret Rand?
The system that is already revolutionising the way we drink wine....
Eloquent, smart, hardworking and fun, Mr Dom Pérignon did his best to shrug off his family's Champagne-making heritage before destiny caught up with him. 'I thought I could do better – and I was right,' he tells Margaret Rand.
Dom Perignon launched the 2003 vintage last night in London – and simultaneously in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Champagne's cellar masters have one of the most challenging jobs in wine
The full tasting notes for red and white wines - by Margaret Rand
The outgoing artistic director of the Barbican tells Margaret Rand he loves his Bordeaux but has no desire to collect more ‘fashion accessories’
Domaine de Chevalier has established itself among the top name of the Graves. Owner Olivier Bernard tells Margaret Rand how he did it
What should we expect from vintage Champagne? A reflection of the house style, or a daring snapshot of a single year? Margaret Rand hears growers' and houses' different views on the tiny but important category
Margaret Rand remains sober and peckish at Champagne Lanson's 250th birthday celebrations at Versailles
You can take the winemaker out of Bordeaux, but you can’t take Bordeaux out of the winemaker. There’s Bruno Prats, bringing Bordelais elegance to such places as Alicante in Spain, where elegance has been little more than a rumour; and May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, seeking perfection (as much for the search as for the destination) on the slopes of South Africa’s Simonsberg mountain, from where the first wine from her own vines is released this year.
One of the more amusing stories on decanter.com in recent months was that of a French Sauvignon Blanc named ‘Kiwi Cuvée’ being banned in Australia. The authorities were concerned it could be mistaken for a New Zealand wine. David Cox, European director of New Zealand Wine Growers, called the imitation ‘a delicious irony’; other responses were more defensive.
Head of the UK’s best-known wine merchant, Simon Berry has much to say on Bordeaux prices, the market and Robert Parker. By Margaret rand
In 75 years under the same ownership, Château Haut-Brion has gone from being led by a Texan banker to a Prince of Luxembourg. The current owner talks Margaret rand through the story
With a raft of unfamiliar appellations and varied terroirs, it’s no wonder we’re confused about Languedoc-Roussillon. So do the numerous ACs actually mean anything? Margaret Rand tries to navigate a safe path
At 31, Sandrine Garbay became winemaker at the famed Sauternes estate. She lacked confidence, her staff didn’t trust her, and the owner was fighting a hostile takeover. How has she survived 11 years, asks MARGARET RAND
Sauternes and Strauss? Blaufränkisch and Brahms? margaret rand looks at which wines strike a chord with works from the classical music greats
Wine isn’t just about drinking the stuff. From treading grapes to sabering Champagne, Margaret Rand compiles a checklist for the complete wine lover
A hint of minty eucalypt in your Shiraz might be welcome, but traffic pollution or smoke taint? Margaret Rand considers the impact of the vineyard’s local environment on a wine’s flavour
All the recent talk about rosé has revolved around how it should be made. But there’s more to the wine than just bleeding or blending, says Margaret Rand. Colour, for a start…
Roederer’s Frédéric Rouzaud will always be true to his Champagne roots but Margaret Rand finds him struggling to get the hang of being Bordelais
As the recession bites and wine merchants start to feel the pinch, consumers are set to enjoy benefits of a buyer's market. Margaret Rand looks at the year's likely bargains.