Domaine William Fevre

After a somewhat difficult decade, Chablis' Domaine William Fèvre would appear – under new owners – to be back on its feet. RICHARD MAYSON reviews the changes

Worth waiting for

SERENA SUTCLIFFE MW likes her Champagne mature: full of honey, butter, apricots and vanilla ice cream. Here, she explains why vintage Champagne is worth the wait

Plastic Fantastic

Synthetic stoppers provide a few of the answers to natural cork's drawbacks. ROSE MURRAY BROWN MW asks why New World producers are going plastic

Wine investment

JOHN STIMPFIG continues his investment series with a look at the most reliable wines to invest in

Interview Dick Ward

At the highly regarded Napa winery, Saintsbury, owner Dick Ward has set himself the challenge of creating elegant wines from the difficult Pinot Noir grape, and, according to the critics,…

Bella Italia

Everyone (it seems) wants to learn the secret of Italian cooking, FIONA BECKETT is no exception. So a six-day cookery course at Villa Valentina in Tuscany seemed the answer

In the cellar

Best known for his musical abilities, jazz pianist Ronnie Kole is also devoted to his impressive wine cellar, as ALAN SPENCER discovers

Making good in Rioja

Perhaps no other region has experienced such a sharp decline in fortune as Rioja. But now the industry has woken up to its problems, writes VICTOR DE LA SERNA, and…

Risky business

STEPHEN BROOK remains unconvinced by the en primeur system. Here he gives his view of the principal shortcomings

Allegrini winery vineyards

Valpolicella is a region reinventing itself. Stephen Brook meets the Allegrini family, at the forefront of the revolution...

Wines for drinking

Which 1980s and 1990s vintages are ready to be drunk now? DAVID PEPPERCORN MW passes on the benefit of his detailed knowledge

Holy trinity

The Rhône Valley's last three vintages have produced wines to rival the best in the world, writes TIM GRANGE

Through the keyhole

For a fascinating insight into the demanding and complicated business of running a château, ALAN SPENCER goes behind the scenes at Château Pontet-Canet

Fruit power

Without a doubt, the style of wines from Bordeaux is evolving. JAMES LAWTHER MW asks if winemakers are pandering to American tastes

Rising stars

Balancing tradition and modern winemaking practices can make for great wines. Roger Voss visits some outward-looking domaines treading this fine line successfully

Sun country

Roger Voss meets four intrepid wine lovers who have left their home country to start a new life and career in the Rhône Valley

Village affair

Côtes du Rhône Villages wine has the quality and reasonable prices needed to be hugely successful, but not enough is known about the appellation, as ROGER VOSS discovers

Saint’s days

From modern-day cult wineries to 12th-century churches, KATHLEEN BUCKLEY takes a tour around the many towns and châteaux of Saint-Emilion

Gold Coast

Right Bank popularity has pushed prices up in neighbouring appellations, so investors have turned their beady eyes to Côtes de Castillon. JAMES LAWTHER MW reports

Blinding whites

The quality of Pessac-Léognan's white wines shines through. STEPHEN BROOK looks at why they have improved so dramatically and selects the most dazzling

Wrong place right wine

ALAN SPENCER seeks out châteaux producing wines to rival the grands crus classés but at a fraction of the price due to their location outside the most élite appellations…

Time to party

The Bordelais know how to shake off the stuffy image and throw a good party, but it is all in the name of promotion, as STEPHEN BROOK finds out

Dirk van der Niepoort

Not content with Niepoort port being one of the best-selling brands in the world, its owner, Dirk Niepoort, has now launched his own table wine – and it's already a…

Keeping it in the family

Crippling death duties and poor returns have made running the family château in Bordeaux a precarious business. WILLIAM BOLTER reports on the triumphs and the pitfalls

San Francisco City guide

San Francisco is full of opportunities to enjoy stunning wines from around the world. FIONA BECKETT samples its riches

Art or science

Experimentation in winemaking is not only commonplace in Bordeaux, it is also increasingly accepted. JAMES LAWTHER MW reports

Wine investment – Bordeaux

2000 may be a fantastic Bordeaux vintage, but there are no guarantees when buying en primeur. JOHN STIMPFIG lays down some guidelines

Against the odds

Napa's warm climate lends itself to blockbuster wines, but is this stereotype set in stone? SUSAN KEEVIL heads to California in search of wines that strive for real elegance