Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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Anthony Rose: 'The cannier wine retailers have placed orders for South American wine ahead of World Cup'

Given that the World Cup will be kicking off soon, the cannier wine retailers have placed their orders for South American vino early, so that those of us without a head for caipirinha can enjoy a bit of South American sunshine in a glass. Sainsbury's got the ball rolling with its all-encompassing southern hemisphere wine tasting; while Marks & Spencer focused more specifically on the wines of South America.

Wine: Something for the weekend

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2012 Sogrape Casa Ferreirinha Planalto, Douro

Anthony Rose: When it comes to sherry, the vicar's legacy endures here in the UK

Is sherry growing in popularity, or is the much-vaunted revolution a myth? This was the subject of a lively debate on Twitter recently, after one journalist tweeted to say he was appearing on the radio to talk about its growing popularity and another (OK, for the record, me) questioned the assumption.

Anthony Rose: 'Syrah today has taken its rightful place in the pantheon of grape fame'

In the beginning there was syrah. Start again. In the beginning there was bordeaux and burgundy. Rhône barely registered across the palate until the American writer Robert Parker wrote a book extolling its virtues.

Wine: Something for the weekend

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2012 El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano, Navarra

Anthony Rose: 'The Voyage' appealed not only to the palate but also to the soul

Occasionally, but not that often, a wine tasting comes along that not only appeals to the palate and the mind, but to the soul, too. So it was with 'The Voyage', a wine tasting showcasing quality Mediterranean growers' wines put on by the Theatre of Wine shops with importers Vino Nostro and Eclectic Wines.

Anthony Rose: 'UK wine drinkers have never had it so good'

In the unparalleled choice of wines available to us, we wine drinkers in the UK have never had it so good. First there were the classics, then came the New World, and Europe fought back with a step-change in quality from its outlying Mediterranean regions. Now there's a new New World of wine lapping at our shores.

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2012 Tesco Finest* Frappato, Sicily

Anthony Rose: 'I am full of admiration for New Zealand'

Confessing a general immunity to the hype normally generated by wine PR, I have to admit that New Zealand is the exception that proves the rule. At last month's overview of the 2013 vintage, I found myself full of admiration for this relatively small wine country, whose vineyard area covers a mere quarter of that occupied by Bordeaux. New Zealand's compact size, in conjunction with its maritime climate and zest for quality, has seen it become the first wine country whose average bottle price now exceeds £7.

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