Andrew Jefford

Vines in Châteauneuf du Pape

How much Châteauneuf du Pape do you have in your cellar? In the 1997 revision of his outstanding book on the Rhône (Wines of the Rhône Valley), Robert Parker said…

Schist vineyards in Roquebrun, Languedoc, Jefford

Over the next couple of years, I’ll be intermittently profiling a number of France’s greatest wine co-operatives. For two reasons: first, because they often offer some of the best value…

The mistral wind blows through Châteauneuf vineyards.

Introducing the mistral wind It was grey and overcast when I climbed aboard the train for Avignon, and barely brighter when I got off. When I reached Châteauneuf du Pape,…

Domaine d'Aussières, Languedoc, Jefford

The French consider themselves a highly logical nation (the customary shorthand for this is ‘Cartesian’, derived from the name of the philosopher and mathematician René Descartes) – yet in practice…

Languedoc

Andrew Jefford takes a look at the work of one of the Languedoc’s most influential wine consultants and tastes some of the wines he has helped create.

Weingut Emerich Koebernik, German Riesling

Andrew Jefford finds an up-and-coming group of German winemakers, dubbed Generation Riesling, emerging from a country with a strong vineyard tradition...

UK alcohol guidelines

Andrew Jefford examines the proposed UK drinking limits and comments made by Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies...

Château Wiala in Fitou, Languedoc-Roussillon

Andrew Jefford provides an organic wine health check ahead of France's biggest organic wine show, in Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon...

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…

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 on Monday RdV estate, Virginia

Jefford on Monday: Old Dominion Classics Jim Law of Linden Vineyards was remembering the 2013 vintage.  Acorns were scarce that year: late freezes and spring damp had led the oak…