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Traditional 'qvevri' used in Georgian wine production. There has been a ‘deterioration' in the quality of Georgian wine imports in recent years, said Russia's consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, on Monday (24 June). It said officials have tightened controls over the quality and safety of imports, after introducing new and unspecified tests in [...]
More rural and less glitzy than Napa, Sonoma is also bigger and more diverse, and its 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) more confusing. They overlap and some encompass several smaller ones, but all have at least a few top-quality wines and young winemakers exploring new grapes and winemaking ideas. Wines [...]
Furmint is famous as the key ingredient in the amazing sweet wines of Tokaj, but over recent years it has quietly been building a reputation as a variety to watch: with multiple claims for joining the ranks of great white grapes. Incredibly versatile, it has some similarities to Riesling – [...]
Terroir Wine Bar, New YorkPerhaps unsurprisingly, the US west coast is not a great place for Bordeaux – although Ungrafted in San Francisco has ‘a mix of classic heavyweights from Burgundy and Bordeaux' – with far better options to be found on the east coast. New York It was, perhaps, inevitable that [...]
Decanter's long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Hall of Fame Award recipient picks fine wines to drink now and others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards...From the cellar Royal Tokaji, Mézes Mály 6 Puttonyos, Aszú 1999 The 174th dinner of the Saintsbury Club, suitably held on St George's Day 23 [...]
Parva DomusRestaurants Au 36, Hautvillers It's not just for glasses of Champagne, but Au 36 does the ‘Champagne experience' especially well. The six-flute tasting, served with a selection of breads, cheeses and meats, is not to be missed for a great lunch in the village of Dom Pérignon. L'Assiette Champenoise, Tinqueux If you call [...]
In June 2017, South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, London, was the venue for a landmark tasting. The Old Vine Project had come to town, and on offer were some of the most exciting wines yet to emerge from the Cape. See Nancy Gilchrist MW's top 18 old-vine wines from South [...]