Burgundy is on a roll, bordeaux a roller-coaster. In 2013, bordeaux failed to deliver a good enough vintage to make it worth buying early.
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Saturday 21 December 2013
The hotel magnate, along with his young son, was viewing his newly bought chateau from the air
Sunday 17 November 2013
The greatest contest in cricket – the Ashes series between England and Australia – starts this week; the perfect excuse to try some exceptional Aussie wines from vineyards near the Test venues…
Friday 09 August 2013
Yet again, summer storms have devastated Bordeaux’s vineyards. Now growers are counterattacking, using everything from cannons to rockets
Wines of the Week: Azamor, Alentejo, 2007; Château de Fayolle Red 2010; Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne-Viognier, Pays d'Oc, 2011/12
Sunday 14 April 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Saturday 13 April 2013
Thursday 28 March 2013
It's not about the destination, it's about the journey. Three student travellers recount their favourite stories from the long way round
Wines of the Week: Marisco King's Thorn Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012, Barossa Petit Verdot 2011, Cambalala Fairtrade Pinotage 2012
Sunday 17 March 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy.
Sunday 24 February 2013
Paris Saint-Germain's plans to release a house wine should appeal to its new star
Saturday 02 February 2013
Buy on apples, sell on cheese, so the old wine-trade adage goes. If the Himalayan mountains of cheese consumed during the frenzy of January's Burgundy 2011 week in London are anything to go by, a great deal of the region's wine has been sold en primeur before it's even been bottled and delivered. Do you need Burgundy in your cellar? No. Do you want Burgundy in your cellar? Why wouldn't you if you love wine? As Bordeaux alienates with arrogant pricing, Burgundy has grown in stature and popularity with much improved wine quality, more consistent vintages and greater availability.
Saturday 19 January 2013
Monday 01 October 2012
Despite furious opposition in France, the European Commission is considering a request from Washington that American producers be allowed to sell wines abroad labelled with spurious château titles. The EC postponed a decision last week, following French protests. But most other EU countries – including Britain – favour a change in the rules.
Monday 01 October 2012
Wine lovers in Britain and elsewhere in Europe may soon be drinking bottles of Château Dead Man's Gulch or, more likely, Château Napa Valley.
Friday 15 June 2012
From cases of French plonk to single bottles from the New World, the finest vintages are now only a click away...
Saturday 17 March 2012
The brilliantly-staged annual Bordeaux press and trade tasting week is now a gravy train resulting in the serious boosting of the coffers of the greatest châteaux. Despite staggering prices for their pre-release 2009 vintage, they made hay because the vintage was rated as one of the true greats.
Saturday 04 February 2012
If you stick to buying your wine in supermarkets, chances are you haven't yet tripped over a great Burgundy. Burgundy is not something supermarkets tend to excel at. Its small-scale, artisan products can be pricey, infuriatingly inconsistent and difficult to pin down, but the idea that you have to be on a city slicker's bonus to afford it is wide of the mark.
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