Decanter Magazine: February 2014

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Inside the magazine this month: Create a perfect Burgundy cellar, Beware original wooden cases, Californian Cabernet, 2012 white Burgundy and Italy 2014 supplement...

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Creating the perfect Burgundy cellar: Stephen Brook recommends the communes, producers and vintages for every budget

Vintage preview: white Burgundy 2012: This is year to heed expert opinion before buying, says Jeannie Cho Lee MW

Original wooden cases:Important for provenance but buyer beware, warns Jim Budd

Alsace’s new generation: Young winemakers are focusing on the dry styles wine lovers want, says Panos Kakaviatos

Producer profile: Zuccardi:Planting in the Uco Valley has transformed this Argentinian estate, discovers Patricio Tapia

Regional profile: Franschhoek: This underestimated region is finally being taken seriously, finds Joanne Gibson

Interview: Robert Hill-Smith:Adam Lechmere meets the man behind Yalumba, one of Australia’s oldest family estates

Syrah: California’s underdog: It has everything going for it, but this grape hasn’t taken off. Stephen Brook investigates why

California Cabernet 2010: 147 wines tasted, 4 Outstanding: This cool and charming vintage should have Bordeaux fans rushing out to buy these wines

Navarra reds: 77 wines tasted, 1 Outstanding Garnacha was the star; elsewhere, excessive oak and lack of terroir character disappointed our experts

Expert’s choice: Franciacorta It’s not Prosecco and it’s not Champagne, but it is worth seeking out, recommends Jane Parkinson

Restaurants: Brian St Pierre reveals the Decanter/ Laurent-Perrier Restaurant of the Year and Newcomer of the Year

Travel: My Auckland New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon on the city’s wine delights

Italy Supplement 2014

My Italy:Decanter’s Italy experts Richard Baudains and Ian D’Agata give their views on the strengths and weaknesses in the country’s wine scene

Whither Tuscany?Far from resting on its laurels, Tuscany is reinventing itself by going back to its roots, and remains Italy’s most exciting wine region, says Richard Baudains

Barolo: the glory days:Tom Maresca asks whether the huge changes here in vineyard and cellar over the past 30 years have changed the intrinsic character of this wine

Piedmont’s forgotten reds:Ian D’Agata looks at the more affordable, everyday reds from this famous region

Collio: a white wine renaissance:The renaissance that began 30 years ago in this northeastern region continues, but in a new direction. Walter Speller meets the new generation of producers

Amarone: running for the hills:Producers in this young DOCG worry that standards are slipping as unworthy wines cash in on the lucrative Amarone boom. Michael Garner reports

Rive – a new path for Prosecco? Richard Baudains looks at a new set of sub-zones within the region’s premium growing area which highlight wines of unique terroir character

Lugana: the lure of the lake:Lake Garda has long been a tourist draw, and now the wines made near its southern shoreline are also receiving the attention they deserve. Carla Capalbo visits Lugana

Regional profile: AbruzzoCertain circumstances have done this region no favours, says Stephen Brook. But seek out the best producers and indigenous grapes and you’ll be pleasantly surprised

Emilia Romagna – Italy’s heart:Carla Capalbo finds producers making serious wines from native grapes – far from the drab Lambrusco of old

Big can be beautiful:Ian D’Agata says large companies, with their diverse portfolios and huge volumes, can offer big surprises

Campania’s great whites:Aromatic, food-friendly wines from Falanghina, Greco and Fiano are better than ever. Tom Hyland explains why

Beyond Etna – Sicily’s best wines:Ian D’Agata joins Decanter’s tasting team to pick out 39 of the island’s best outside the Etna DOC from a line-up of 107 wines – all for drinking now

Travel: ultimate Tuscany:Filippo Bartolotta recommends his top 10 wineries to visit for a quintessential Tuscan experience

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