EU referendum

As Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union approaches, Andrew Jefford looks through his wine glass at the campaign...

euro 2016 and wine, jane anson

For the 2014-2015 season, Bordeaux’s football club Les Girondins gave a nod to the city’s main activity by designing a Maillot Grand Cru for their home kit. Tiny vines, coloured…

Vines in Châteauneuf du Pape

How much Châteauneuf du Pape do you have in your cellar? In the 1997 revision of his outstanding book on the Rhône (Wines of the Rhône Valley), Robert Parker said…

Schist vineyards in Roquebrun, Languedoc, Jefford

Over the next couple of years, I’ll be intermittently profiling a number of France’s greatest wine co-operatives. For two reasons: first, because they often offer some of the best value…

The mistral wind blows through Châteauneuf vineyards.

Introducing the mistral wind It was grey and overcast when I climbed aboard the train for Avignon, and barely brighter when I got off. When I reached Châteauneuf du Pape,…

Colchagua Valley, Rapel area, Chile

At the risk of provoking absolutely no sympathy, there can be a pressure as a wine writer to feel you must be an instant expert on every region; something that…

Bordeaux 2015, Graves

The American buyer told me that Bordeaux was now so unfashionable in the States that many sommeliers have never even considered it for their lists – but that this means…

Domaine d'Aussières, Languedoc, Jefford

The French consider themselves a highly logical nation (the customary shorthand for this is ‘Cartesian’, derived from the name of the philosopher and mathematician René Descartes) – yet in practice…