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Decanter magazine: February 2016

Inside Decanter February 2016: The best Burdundy 2014 en primeur wines, Interview with Frédéric Engerer, Europe’s best wine co-operatives, plus free Italy supplement.

Decanter February 2016 contents:

  • Vintage preview: Burdundy 2014: Find 100 of the best wines tasted by Stephen Brook and Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, including those offering great value for money
  • Interview: Frédéric Engerer: The president of Château Latour has seen his remit extend far beyond Bordeaux. John Stimpfig meets him
  • Regional profile: Spring Mountain: This rugged California AVA has attracted a mix of wealthy newcomers and established names, says Adam Lechmere
  • Producer profile: Moss Wood: Stephen Brook meets winemaker Keith Mugford for a tour of this expanding estate – a pioneer in Margaret River
  • The new Pinotage: South Africa’s signature red is gaining new impetus among producers and consumers, as Christian Eedes reports
  • Europe’s best co-ops: Top-quality, top-value wines come from these member-driven operations. Our experts from France, Italy and Spain pick the best 24 to try
  • Alcohol: the after effects: Are you in the first few days of a dry January, hoping to detox after a very merry Christmas? Michael Apstein looks at whether it’s worth it
  • California Cabernets 2012: 169 wines tasted: Only two Outstanding wines, but 30 were Highly Recommended and 100 Recommended from this forward, fruit-friendly vintage
  • Expert’s Choice: Quirky Cape Whites: South Africa’s free thinking winemakers are coaxing the best from their old vines to produce exciting, complex wines, says Nancy Gilchrist MW
  • Travel: Niagara: It’s the perfect winter getaway, says Julian Hitner

Plus the Italy 2016 supplement

Decanter February 2016 Supplement

  • Natural heroes: Making wine in an eco-friendly way is a passion that drives a growing number of Italian winemakers. Monty Waldin profiles leading lights on the ‘green scene’
  • Sparkling wine: top 20: For quality, individuality and flair, look beyond the easy charm of Prosecco, advises our expert, Richard Baudains
  • Barolo’s hidden stars: Originality, a sense of terroir – and, often, value – characterise the wines from Barolo’s lesser-known crus, says Tom Hyland
  • Alto Adige: a new generation: The wine landscape of Alto Adige is being redefined as native varieties, white and red, take centre stage, says Walter Speller
  • Soave redefined: Emily O’Hare vists Soave and is amazed by just how delicious – and ageable – today’s wines are, and what incredible value
  • Travel: Friuli: From the Alps to the Adriatic, Friuli offers drama, tranquility and a welcoming host of wineries, says our guide Simon Woolf
  • Lambrusco: a thoroughly modern makeover: Forget the fizzy froth of yesteryear, Lambrusco has been reborn with a suave, dry and food-friendly persona. Andrea Briccarello is a fan of the new look
  • News from Chianti Classico: Organics, a shift to native grapes and new single-vineyard wines – it’s all change in this Tuscan heartland, finds Richard Baudains
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Accessibility, character and a green streak are the hallmarks of this Tuscan premier league player, says Monty Waldin
  • The might of Montefalco: With modern methods in vineyard and cellar, and the rise of more approachable sibling, Sagrantino now has far wider appeal, says Stephen Brook
  • Puglia’s southern promise: Sensitivity and creativity epitomise the fine wine revolution taking place in Puglia. Filippo Bartolotta surveys the scene before choosing his top 28 wines
  • Sicily: take four grapes: Seas, volcanoes and plenty of sun – no wonder Sicily’s indigenous grapes offer such potential. Carla Capalbo picks her top four, two white and two red
  • Thinking big: It’s not only the smaller boutique wineries that can produce wines of exquisity quality. Tom Hyland selects 12 of the best
  • When to open those special bottles: Tuscany & Piedmont: Ian D’Agata offers his expert advice on the best time to open your prized Piedmont and treasured Tuscan reds

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