Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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Anthony Rose: Rioja has become Spain's most diverse wine region

In 2004, the American super-critic, Robert Parker, predicted that Spain would emerge as a leader in wine. He spoke both of better quality and also greater creativity. He was not far wrong.

Anthony Rose: The strength of Sicily's volcanic terrain is in the native grape varieties

Rising from fertile orchards and vineyards surrounded by wild flowers, Mount Etna's pockmarked summit is a constant reminder that Europe's tallest active volcano has blown its top many times down the centuries.

Anthony Rose: My crystal ball may be hazy, but I predict a happy New Year for oenophiles

What does the New Year hold for oenophiles? It looks quite rosy: a broader palette of wine styles and better quality all around.

Anthony Rose: These decadent wines will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth

As shelves groan with decadent sweet wines, let's devote the final pre-Christmas column to those with a sweet tooth.

Something for the weekend: Taste the Difference Sierra de Andia Reserva; Moss Wood Amy's Blend; Marsannay Blanc, Louis Jadot

Night in

2013 Taste the Difference Sierra de Andia Reserva

Anthony Rose: For my Christmas challenge, I embarked on a blind Champagne tasting

To create a luxury product of fun, prestige and celebration from a wine that struggles in the vineyard to reach more than 11 per cent alcohol is the ultimate in vinous alchemy. Faced with the most magical name in wine, it is sometimes easy to forget that Champagne has many different levels of quality and that a Champagne by any other name might also taste as good.

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