Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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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

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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.

Anthony Rose: Lidl and Aldi are making wine buying simple, accessible and good value

I had to pinch myself when Lidl was last month crowned the best supermarket for wine. The budget chain, which has 600 stores in Britain alone, has made a big public-relations splash with its Premium French Wine Collection, selling 800,000 bottles this autumn alone. As you'd expect, prices for the range of 48 Bordeaux and other French classics were a bit higher than those in its core 60-strong wine range.

Screwcaps vs corks: Seal of approval

When I tasted both cork and screwcap version of the 2012 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo, I was surprised at the difference
Wines of the week

French wines: what's hot and what's not

Plus Something for the Weekend

The future looks rosé for fine wine

Despite the recession, several poor vintages and counterfeit labels at the top end of the market, Anthony Rose says there is light at the end of the barrel for investors

Anthony Rose: "Magnums bring a bit of majesty"

Size isn't everything, but having a magnum on the dinner table undoubtedly brings a bit of majesty. The wine in a 1.5cl bottle generally keeps better, so if you were thinking of laying the wine down, it is well-served by this bottle.

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