The heights of Chianti Classico
Speaker: Steven Spurrier
Speaker: Steven Spurrier
This obscure region makes only a tiny quantity of its golden wine, but demand is such that the annual Percée du Vin Jaune festival is one of France's finest. Wink Lorch raises a glass to this colourful weekend
A group of rival Hunter Valley winemakers found a shared love of rugby created a real sense of team spirit. Amelia Pinsent meets them
The rise of New World wines has forced Rioja's wineries to adapt to modern styles - just don't tell the Spanish. Margaret Rand reports
Chateau Montelena's sale to Bordeaux second-growth Cos d'Estournel shocked the wine world. Will the new owners change what many see as one of California's top estates? Stephen Brook investigates
Despite global acclaim, consumers’ opinion of South African wine is still poor. GUY WOODWARD looks at how the country is fighting back
The 2008 vintage in the Napa Valley looks set to produce ‘elegant’ wines despite a ‘crazy weather year’, according to the region’s trade body.
On the same day Americans vote for a new president - 4 November - Napa County residents will decide whether to extend their historic Agricultural Preserve.
Brunello di Montalcino producers have voted by a landslide to leave the wine 100% Sangiovese.
Siena prosecutors have released Banfi’s 2003 Brunello, confiscated in April as part of an investigation into commercial fraud regarding grape blending.
The Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino is suing two major Italian newspapers for defamation.
The Prosecco DOC di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Consorzio has applied to the Italian government for promotion to the higher DOCG status.
A 22-mile hiking and biking trail though the Napa Valley has been proposed by a local winemaker to boost the region’s tourism industry.
The South African wine industry is gearing up for the 2010 football World Cup.
Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja has said that Brunello should operate a two-tier system and allow other varieties other than Sangiovese.
Brunello producer Banfi has strongly disputed reports that grapes other than Sangiovese have been found in their wine.
A hailstorm accompanied by 100km winds devastated much of Montalcino’s Brunello crop earlier this month.
The 2008 Burgundy harvest will be smaller than last year, following a poor fruit set and hailstorms in the region.
… yet drought and rising temperatures make water an ever-scarcer commodity in Australia, meaning producers face a challenge to survive, says MARGARET RAND
An overhyped 2003 vintage, a fraud scandal, and the threat of a US ban has left Brunello in crisis. Could subregions be the answer, asks KERIN O’KEEFE
Just like their varied terrain, Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano’s recent vintages have been a mixed bag. TOM MARESCA and RICHARD BAUDAINS guide you through the latest releases, and highlight the star performers
Bottle Shock, the notorious film based on the 1976 Judgment of Paris, had its Napa Valley debut last Saturday.
Tom Maresca highlights the best wines from Tuscany's three top regions: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montalcino.
The Italian government will guarantee the authenticity and grape composition of all exported Brunello, it announced yesterday.
Antinori’s ‘Pian delle Vigne’ Brunello has just been been released by the Italian authorities – who are now satisfied it is ‘100% Sangiovese’.
Brunello imported into the US will no longer have to come with a lab analysis proving it is 100% Sangiovese, the government has said.
The chairman of the the Brunello Consorzio has resigned after one year in the post – claiming that ‘his work is done’.
The Italian government and the Brunello consorzio are at loggerheads as to who will take charge of the ongoing crisis over alleged adulteration of the wine.
As winemakers worldwide strive to emphasise regionality, the Pacific Northwest is dealing in wine regions with a foot in both Oregon and Washington. Don’t let the confusion put you off, says PAUL GREGUTT