Greek Slips into Gear
Decanter magazine, December 1999
Decanter magazine, December 1999
In a land of cultural contrasts and climatic extremes, some of Spain's new reds can be as bold as New World wines, writes Roger Voss. If you want vivid fruit, deep, dark colour and dense, chunky structure, here are six regions to watch for
Explorers from far-off climes have ensured that the Languedoc has shrugged off its reputation for cheap and cheerful varietals, but the locals insist that all that glitters is not Australian or Californian. ANTHONY PEREGRINE goes in search of the truly French gems that can be found in its rugged hills.
JAMES LAWTHER MW visits the vineyards of Minervois in France's Deep South.
Or do they? JAMES LAWTHER MW meets the winemakers continuing the Guigal-led revival of Côte-Rôtie and discusses the relative merits of the appellation's various vineyard sites.
Modern and exciting, the darlings of the 1980s restaurant scene, but how are the wines of Friuli faring now? RICHARD BAUDAINS finds them as dynamic as ever
Roman ruins, medieval city states and a vibrant cuisine are among the treasures of central Italy's largely undiscovered Marche region. GILES FALLOWFIELD reports on his own grand tour.
Prominent Catalans are pressing for a blanket regional appellation, to reap the best of all zones, while the subregions continue to strengthen their reputations. John Radford reports
Walla Walla means 'place of many waters' but, writes RICHARD NEILL, thanks to the inspired efforts of an eclectic bunch of growers, this Washington wine region could just as easily be called 'place of many wines'
ROGER VOSS visits the four appellations which are home to the finest reds of the Loire Valley.
Three decades on, Oregon wine growers may still have a reputation as leftover hippies, but it doesn't stop them from taking their wine very seriously, as TIM ATKIN discovers
Although ahead of its contemporaries in terms of history and legislation, Carmignano largely missed out on the renaissance of Tuscan winemaking. However, great changes are afoot and lost ground is rapidly being made up, Richard Baudains discovers.
Despite the current situation, until relatively recently red grapes ruled the vineyards of the central Loire. JIM BUDD explores the whites that now dominate the region.
The public ignores them, but the wines of Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac are the best value in Bordeaux. Snap them up now, says JAMES LAWTHER MW.
The Oakville winegrowers took their time establishing their own appellation, but now in place, its distinctive character is shining through. NORM ROBY reports.
JOHN RADFORD looks at a region which has, on the brink of the 21st century, virtually reinvented itself within the last two decades
Spain may not have a vast array of great white grapes to boast about, but it has every right to go into rapture about its finest, Albariño. TIM ATKIN does just that
Douro's unfortified red wines are increasingly coming out of port's shadow says, RICHARD MAYSON, who looks at latest launches from the valley
With a vibrant wine culture, rapidly expanding vineyards and many new growers, the future for Washington State just looks brighter and brighter. TIM ATKIN reports.
A wind of change is sweeping through the bodegas of Spain's greatest wine region. ANTHONY ROSE reports.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are renowned for their quality and breadth of styles, but as
For the Sauternes grower every vintage is a knife edge gamble, but, finds CLIVE COATES MW, the results can be truly worthy of the heartache.
...it's a way of life. Drinking fino or manzanilla sherry in Spain, that is. RICHARD MAYSON applauds the wines that fuel many a Jerezano's day (and night)
Like the region's climate, the wines of Vinho Verde vary enormously. Quality and character range from sweetish, fizzy whites to tannic, high-acid reds, but some of the best are light, crisp and fragrant: perfect for summer drinking, writes SUSY ATKINS
Overproduction and decling quality caused Frascati's reputation to take a nose-dive. Now, however, the classic Roman white looks set for a revival. RICHARD BAUDAINS reports
A country-wide association of independent growers producing and bottling wines entirely from grapes grown in their own vineyards is helping to reinforce the move throughout Portugal towards high quality single quinta wines. RICHARD MAYSON samples some of the fruits of their individual labours.
With its focus on classic red varieties, Stags Leap District is rapidly becoming one of the most distinctive appellations in California. NORM ROBY reports