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From Classic Into Cult

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,…

Languedoc Treasure Inland

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…

Cote-Rotie Vignerons Prefer Blondes

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.

Italy’s Great White Hope

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

Italy Forgotten World

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.

An enthusiasm

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

Turning Water into Wine

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…

Beard and Bard from the Boys up North

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

Italy Original Tuscan

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…

Whites Of Their Eyes

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 Four Horsemen

ROGER VOSS visits the four appellations which are home to the finest reds of the Loire Valley.

Weather Conditions The year began with temperatures back to normal levels after two unusually warm winters. Healthy amounts of snow fell in January and March, helping to restore water reserves…

Weather Conditions A perfect setting of buds in April, ideal growing conditions in May and an early flowering in June were followed by a picture book summer, culminating in an…

Burgundy

Weather Conditions Flowering took place in cool weather in June. The summer was warm and humid, and once again mildew and oidium caused problems. Moreover it was clear that the…

Weather Conditions Flowering took place in cool weather in June. The summer was warm and humid,. And once again mildew and oidium caused problems. Moreover it was clear that the…

Weather Conditions The final vintage of the century did not go out quietly. After a winter of normal rainfall and somewhat lower than normal temperatures, budbreak was a little late.…