John Stimpfig

Clos de Vougeot, Côte de Nuits

By the end of the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in November, I was pretty sure that my personal wine of the month would be the 96 Cos d’Estournel (though it…

Bordeaux wine harvest

Cold, damp and difficult more or less sums up Bordeaux 2013. At one point, Pichon Baron’s Christian Seely found himself in a muddy rain-sodden vineyard in Pauillac, ‘staring at so…

Decanter 40th anniversary lunch

Guests for the first of the Decanter 40th anniversary celebration, included Marchese Piero Antinori of Antinori wines, Frederic Rouzaud of Champagne Louis Roederer, Christophe Salin of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Peter Gago…

Stellenbosch Cabernet tasting

On the eve of Cape Wine 2015, 20 of Stellenbosch’s best known Cabernet producers came together in a collective show of force at Cape Town Waterfront’s plush One & Only…

Great Cabernets of the World

The theme was Great Cabernets of the World in honour of Santa Rita’s exceptional Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Casa Real which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The tasting was…

The Bordeaux 2014 vintage is a key opportunity for chateaux and negociants to re-build the region's weakened reputation with merchants and consumers by proving that the en primeur system can…

Rioja sales 2013

If you're in the mood to treat yourself and want to see some of the best that Spain has to offer, then see scores, tasting notes and prices on six…

New trading platforms are, for the first time, allowing fine wine collectors to deal directly rather than via third parties. But are they a good bet? John Stimpfig surveys the…

Taittinger

He’s outspoken, flamboyant and infamous for his comparisons of Champagne and Viagra. But the president of the house of Taittinger insists he’s a simple soul who could easily have been…