Jancis Robinson

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Full name: Jancis Mary Robinson

Area of interest: Wine

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times

Email: jancisrobinson.com contact page | Jancis.Robinson@ft.com

Personal website: http://www.jancisrobinson.com

Website: http://www.ft.com/life-arts/jancis-robinson

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Networks: https://twitter.com/#!/jancisrobinson | http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/jancis-robinson/16/6b1/814

Biography:

About:

Education: Oxford University: Mathematics and Philosophy

Career: After leaving school worked for a travel company. Began her wine career writing for Wine & Spirit, 1975. FT’s wine correspondent since 1989

(the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine, 1984)

Current position/role: Wine correspondent

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Awards/Honours: Honorary Doctorate from the Open University, 1997; OBE, 2003

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Other: Married to the food writer Nicholas Lander

Books & Debate:

  • The great wine book OCLC 8388797, 1982
  • Anatomy of the wine trade: Abe's sardines and other stories OCLC 15791176, 1985
  • Jancis Robinson on the demon drink OCLC 17441203, 1988
  • Vintage timecharts: the pedigree and performance of fine wine to the year 2000 OCLC 19669089, 1989
  • How to taste: a guide to enjoying wine OCLC 46321187, 2000
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Latest work: The world atlas of wine OCLC, 2007

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Remit/Info: Wine

Section: FT Weekend / Food and drink

Role: Wine correspondent / columnist

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Email: Jancis.Robinson@ft.com

Website: http://www.ft.com/arts/columnists/robinson

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Day published: Saturday

Regularity: Weekly

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Average length: 1100 words

Articles: 2015

  • Plan BEE - Black economic empowerment brands focus export efforts on Scandinavia where monopolies are positively disposed towards helping their cause - 25th July
  • Cropped out: Cape wine lands - Few of the South African young guns can afford to buy land, so for their creative blends they depend on the goodwill of farmers - 11th April
  • Lucky ‘07 wines - There were too many wines among those we tasted whose producers seemed to think it was enough to carry a famous name - 28th March
  • Santa Barbara wines - I’m aware wine tourism can get out of hand. It took me hours to inch, bumper to bumper, into Napa Valley one sunny Sunday last month - 21st March
  • Climate change and wine’s alcohol levels - For wine drinkers, the most striking effect of climate change is the rise in alcohol levels. Who wants to drink a wine that can offer little other than alcohol? - 13th March
  • Argentina’s higher plain - I tasted the Zuccardis’ range of high-altitude wines, and it is light years from what has been the rich, oaky Argentine norm - 7th March
  • Chile’s cool crew - The regions being plundered by Chile’s new generation of wine producers are to the south of the traditional ones - 21st February
  • Terroir incognita - These were stunning wines by any measure, from vines between 40 and 70 years old in this rugged corner of southern Africa - 7th February
  • White meets its match - An increasing proportion of whites are high in acidity, have no trace of the toastiness of oak and have the flinty smell of recently struck matches - 24th January
  • Subsidising wine - The EU has now increased the sum available for promoting wine over the period 2014 to 2018 by 121 per cent to €1.15bn - 10th January

Articles: 2014

  • The other glass ceiling: female winemakers - Women are the most powerful economic force in the world’s wine market - 13th December
  • Christmas red wines - Twenty of the finest reds to have spread themselves across my palate over the past few months - 29th November
  • Southern Rhône wines - The 2013 Grenache crop was down about 30 per cent but some vineyards lost up to 90 per cent of their potential production - 22nd November
  • A seismic shift in the Mount Etna wine region - Etna was about to be engulfed not by molten lava but by an influx of wine producers - 15th November
  • The Queen’s wine merchants - For well over two centuries Justerini & Brooks and Berry Bros have done battle in the British marketplace - 8th November
  • A bear’s market - Prices in California have stopped heading skywards – good news if, like me, you love the sumptuousness of its top-quality wines - 1st November
  • Angels at the table - Naked’s pitch is that its investors fund young winemakers who need capital in order to turn their talent into delicious liquids - 25th October
  • Crossroads for Côte d’Or - Land in Burgundy is no longer affordable for Burgundians . . . Those with an eye to the future are investing in cheaper land to the south - 18th October
  • Tempranillo rising - Tempranillo went from being the world’s 24th most-planted grape in 1990 to fourth position in 2010 - 11th October
  • Winemakers make a U-turn - An increasing number of winemakers are expressing disaffection with the wines they made in the past - 4th October
  • The best Paris wine shops, or cavistes - By far the busiest of Paris’s most interesting wine shops was a new one on the edge of the Marais that sells not a bottle of French wine - 27th September
  • Best champagnes and sparkling wines - The judges worked over seven consecutive days. We must assume that all three have resilient tooth enamel and acid-resistant palates - 20th September
  • Baroness Philippine de Rothschild - Philippine had run Mouton Rothschild since 1988, when her father died, with such energy that it surprised many of us to learn that she had turned 80 - 13th September
  • Relabelling European wine: what’s in a name? - Some wines labelled ‘Vin de France’ are truly exciting, representing admirable ambition on the part of the producers - 6th September
  • Wine Car Boot: a model way to sell wine - I have never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting - 30th August
  • Serious student drinking - For recent graduates wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees, the world of wine needs many of their skills - 26th July
  • Grapes of worth - I want to draw your attention to the world’s greatest white wine grape. It expresses place more eloquently than any other - 19th July
  • South African wines - This collection really did confirm the existence of a whole new era in the country’s wine history - 12th July
  • A nose for crime: counterfeit wines - Downey spends less time advising collectors on what to drink and more time armed with the tools of her anti-counterfeit trade - 5th July
  • Pinot Noir redux - Austria, until recently more readily associated with fine white wines, is enjoying a red-wine renaissance - 28th June
  • The rich heritage of Italian wines - Of all the world’s wine-producing countries, Italy offers the greatest variety if not of wine styles then certainly of terrains - 21st June
  • How to keep wine - These dusty wine racks are a symptom of an extremely common condition I will call Stuck Cork Syndrome - 7th June
  • Masters’ class - It is remarkable that, at the recent eighth Masters of Wine symposium, a full 20 of the MWs were able to show off wines they had made - 31st May
  • Birthday drinks - Sweet white bordeaux would be a great choice for laying down for a newborn - 24th May
  • Bojo with mojo - Today, the leaders of the Beaujolais region are making serious wines, properly vinified rather than rushed to market - 17th May
  • California chilling - These wines presented a different and refreshing face of America’s wine state - 10th May
  • An honorary Burgundian - Marchand makes about 60 different burgundies every vintage – and a range of wines in Western Australia - 3rd May
  • The Chandon fizz family - LVMH is betting on the fact that the world’s wine drinkers will want bubbles wherever they are – even in red wine-obsessed China - 19th April
  • Barolo 2010 - Barolo 2010 is not being shown to the world’s media officially until May but many of the UK allocations have already been sold - 12th April
  • Chinese wines - In recent years the number of entirely respectable Chinese reds has grown at an impressive rate - 5th April
  • The gain in Spain - The dramatic reduction in vineyard surface area has been more than compensated for by the introduction of vineyard irrigation - 29th March
  • Priorat wines: a Catalan love story - Clos Erasmus’s maker and its US importer met years after they began their commercial relationship, and by 1997 they were married - 22nd March
  • Douro 2011s - Ambassador de Vallera is proud of having converted the sommelier at a top Berlin restaurant to Portuguese wines - 15th March
  • Non-vintage champagnes - Consumers demand more of the ageing on lees that provides champagne quality, and dryness has come to be viewed as a virtue - 1st March
  • Island treasures: Canary wines - Part of these wines’ growing appeal is that there is barely a Chardonnay or Cabernet vine on the Canaries - 22nd February
  • Bottle fight: Novelty v classic wines - Diners on both sides of the Atlantic may search for classic bordeaux or full-blooded California Chardonnay in vain - 15th February
  • Crate expectations - The total volume of wine shipped around the world in bulk now represents more than 40 per cent of all exported wine - 31st January
  • Burgundy 2012 overperformers - The better reds are almost eerily charming. Presumably the cool 2012 summer helped to preserve freshness - 25th January
  • Châteauneuf’s dilemma - Producers are worried about ever hotter summers – in very high temperatures the ripening process can simply stop - 11th January
  • Northern Rhone 2012 wines - Things looked up from early August and the 2012 vintage was made by a warm, generally dry end to the season - 4th January

Articles: 2013

  • Douro wines - Pintas 2001 was a perfect wine for the boom in the Douro. Now our wines are very refined and even more complex - 23rd November
  • Bordeaux 2003 first growths - Latour, Lafite and Mouton – these were the wines that stood out for all six of the tasters - 16th November
  • New York’s faddish wine community - Image is everything in the trend-conscious New York market. A whole generation of sommeliers rejected Grüner as irredeemably old hat - 9th November
  • Value judgments: my favourite wines selling for under £10 - As the following picks show, the vast majority of wines demand no great financial outlay… - 2nd November
  • Beyond Sauvignon - Once, other countries were deeply envious of New Zealand’s having an emblematic grape - but now it’s decidedly out of fashion - 26th October
  • What a corker - Nothing I know of preserves wine in an opened or “accessed” bottle for years as this system does - 19th October
  • Fortified wines - Judging by this tasting, caches of the finest wines are to be found all over the world, languishing far from the spotlight of hype’ - 12th October
  • A South African wine innovator - Vineyard manager Rosa Kruger has played a major part in the emergence of a new sort of South African wine - 5th October
  • Rare treasures - Some vintage ports like Nacional sell out immediately at a release price of £350 a bottle - 28th September
  • China’s finest wines - Red Bordeaux was known to gardeners in far western China at least as early as the 2nd century AD - 21st September
  • Masters of wine - Master of Wine exams were for masochists when I took them … What is stunning is how popular this form of torture is today - 14th September
  • When more is less - In inexperienced markets there is wide and misplaced belief in a correlation between price and quality - 7th September
  • Sale of the century - A London merchant is acquiring 2,000 cases of vintage Vouvray, some as old as 1919 - 31st August
  • Vine family trees - The family trees of great wine grapes - 27th July
  • The itinerant oenologist - Nayan Gowda has overseen vintages in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Hungary, England and France - 20th July
  • French but unfancied - Both Muscadet and Beaujolais are seriously out of fashion, which means excellent value for those who are happy to go against the crowd - 13th July
  • Vintage overkill - My Greek host had lured me to Switzerland with the promise of a complete vertical of Pétrus, famously the most expensive red bordeaux of all - 6th July
  • Cru control - It’s all change in Piemonte: from next year, a rule comes into force which prohibits more than one cru name on Barolo labels - 29th June
  • Jurassic spark - Jura wines are the height of fashion in New York and well loved in France. Now they are being enjoyed increasingly in Britain - 15th June
  • Japanese wine investors - Some of the finest wines are made by Japanese-owned companies, but you would never know this from the labels - 8th June
  • Bubbling under - Growers’ champagnes consistently offer so much better value than the heavily marketed grandes marques - 1st June
  • Austerity whites - There is more cheap red wine than cheap white but here are some whites under £10 worth investigating - 25th May
  • Haute stuff - ‘Most wine from the Hautes Côtes was pretty thin but this is changing – partly because summers are getting warmer’ - 18th May
  • Australian alternatives - There is now more Spanish Tempranillo and Tuscan Sangiovese in Australia than there is Cabernet Franc or Chenin Blanc - 11th May
  • First port of call - Why 2011 was a very good year for vintage port - 4th May
  • Château where? - Arnaud Christiaens’ scheme to create first-growth rivals from unnamed vineyards is designed to kick the whole Bordeaux system where it hurts most… - 27th April
  • Slim pickings - Bordeaux 2012: ‘a small, cunning, cowering, timorous vintage made by the skin of its teeth’ - 20th April
  • Vintage cinema - Why are there so many new films about wine? - 13th April
  • Young Americans - Every one of the 50 states now makes wine, even Hawaii and Alaska. North Dakota was the last to succumb - 6th April
  • Sweet surrender - Good quality chocolate, the sort that costs a fortune, can certainly be paired with wine provided you choose carefully - 30th March
  • Australian Shiraz - The verdict after tasting 48 vintages made from some of Australia’s oldest vines? ‘Hill of Grace deserves its pinnacle’ - 23rd March
  • Unfinished stories: Vins Doux Naturels - Wine archivists Philippe and Sandrine Gayral are ‘saviours of a dying wine style’ - 16th March
  • The wine race - The Oxford v Cambridge wine tasting is an extraordinary match – held well before the Boat Race but taken just as seriously - 9th March
  • Château-not-so-neuf - The greatest shock is how pure and fresh the wines are that come out of Rayas’ dusty, cobwebby containers - 2nd March
  • Waiting for Godello - I have a new enthusiasm – beautifully balanced fine whites from the local Godello grape grown inland of Rías Baixas - 23rd February
  • Fifty shades of grape - This grape obsessive’s interest in unusual grape varieties is so marked that he prefers to remain anonymous - 16th February
  • Points north: northern Rhône 2011 selection - ‘Northern Rhône white grapes shrivelled in the August heat and were picked before the rains, making successful, if full-bodied, wines’ - 9th February
  • Too Bordelais to fail? - The best 2009s were beautifully balancedit was one of the most enjoyable Suffolk bordeaux tastings I can remember - 2nd February
  • Canada warms up - There were more impressive whites than reds but – thanks to climate change – reds are no longer pale apologies for wine - 26th January
  • Beaunes to pick - In general, the 2011 burgundies are good at showing tasteable differences between vineyards - 19th January
  • Bonnes Nuits - Côte de Nuits are not wines that will have to be cellared for decades. They are characterised by truly burgundian delicacy - 12th January
  • The great vine decline - The rise in the incidence of vine wood diseases is worrying vignerons - 5th January

Articles: 2012

  • Toasts of the town - What do you get a wine lover for Christmas? - 23rd November
  • Welcome to Bottlewood - Despite punitive taxation, India now has a thriving wine culture – or at least its vast middle class and ‘upper crust’ do - 17th November
  • Weathering the storms - Hail, a vicious cold snap and a lack of rain have made 2012 an expensive and demanding vintage to make -10th November
  • Beautiful south - Languedoc makes the sorts of wines that France does best: hand-made, dry-grown wines shaped by the terrain in which they are grown - 3rd November
  • French fancies - Included in this year’s Absolutely Cracking selection are three Beaujolais, three Crus Beaujolais and four wines made nearby - 27th October
  • The matchmakers - ‘In my experience, many authorities on food can find wine dauntingly complicated. But this has been changing...’ - 20th October
  • The great grapevine - Where do the world’s wine grapes come from? Not always where you’d think - 13th October
  • Bourgeois values - ‘Crus Bourgeois rarely improve past 15 years, but the fact you don’t need to wait decades to enjoy them can be an advantage’ - 6th October
  • The rarest rubies - Cockburn’s new owners are determined to restore the port producer’s reputation from mass market to fine wine - 29th September
  • A toast to wine legend Joseph Berkmann - ‘A lover of the good life, a great raconteur, a voracious general reader and remarkably modest’ - 22nd September
  • Châteaux China - At several wineries, it is clear that Ningxia’s raw material is impressively consistent, and five qualify as excellent - 15th September
  • The new Nahe - ‘Top Nahe wines are now recognised as every bit the equal of the best wines from any other German wine region’ - 8th September
  • Delivering on taste - I positively relish the holidays as a time when any exposure to alcohol is voluntary - 1st September
  • Yes we Catalan - Empordà wines vary hugely in style, but the raw ingredients used could hardly have more personality - 28th July
  • The Jurassic toast - Wines from Jura may be some of France’s most unusual, but one winemaker thinks they are riding the crest of a wave - 21st July
  • Harvest them now… - There are great wines in the £10-£30 price category, among them luscious 2009 reds that are still available - 14th July
  • Portugal’s new colours - The country’s winemakers produce an array of fine whites and distinctive reds - 7th July
  • The race for Riesling - ‘Alsace vintners feel the Germans have become too proprietorial about the Riesling grape’ - 30th June
  • Love a bargain? - Our wine critics picks 25 great wines for under £10 - 23rd June
  • What Twitter has done for wine - Château owners now find their wines being rated in the unforgiving public glare of the Twittersphere - 16th June
  • Why 2009 lives on - It would be crazy to invest in smart 2011 vintage bordeaux when those from 2009 are keenly priced and already delicious - 9th June
  • Nature’s way - British interest in the natural wine phenomenon continues to grow, as shown by not one, but two London fairs devoted to natural, organic and biodynamic wines - 2nd June
  • Madeira refortified - ‘The big surprise was a new range of wines launched by Blandy’s, the company that dominates the island’s commercial life’ - 26th May
  • Côte d’Or treasure - Wine producers on Burgundy’s heartland tend to view their mature wines as others view their savings accounts - 19th May
  • Think pink: Italian rosé - The real surprise has been how many and varied are the Italian rosatos now being made - 12th May
  • A star performer - Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel physics laureate, views wine production as the ideal counterweight to cosmology - 5th May
  • Fake fine wines - As in the art market, provenance is becoming more important by the day as wine crime moves into the mainstream - 28th April
  • The world’s most exotic vineyards - Ecuador claims to have one on the equator, while a Napa Valley vintner will oversee Costa Rica’s first wine venture - 21st April
  • Vegetable or mineral? - From berries and cherries to graphite and toast: the wine tasting terms à la mode - 14th April
  • The queen of Burgundy - Lalou Bize-Leroy is famous for her elfin looks, her control freakery and the incredible speed at which she tastes... - 7th April
  • Best of Bordeaux: which vintages to drink now - A guide to those you should open - and those you should leave - 31st March
  • Sweet temptations - Based on red-skinned, small-berried Muscat and Muscadelle grapes, Australian ‘stickies’ are some of the most extraordinary wines in the world - 24th March
  • Grape Britain - At the second annual blind tasting of fine English fizz, the wines were very well made and had just the right amount of bubble - 17th March
  • When sweet meets dry - The sugar levels in dry wines can vary substantially - and those that fall between dry and sweet present real challenges - 10th March
  • Beware of fake wines - With the FBI investigating several cases of wine fraud in the US, the fake rate is rising. But there are some warning signs to bear in mind - 3rd March
  • Island of salvation - An exploration of Tasmania’s wine country yields surprising discoveries - 18th February
  • Bordeaux-on-sea - Every year, Southwold is the scene of a major reassessment of the Bordeaux vintage four years before - 11th February
  • Chile’s other revolution - One development includes a group of producers who have joined together to bottle wines obeying the rules of a single appellation, Vigno - 4th February
  • Talent uncorked - One pleasing phenomenon was how well many of the lesser-known producers performed in 2010 - 28th January
  • Burgundy’s magic spell - Jancis Robinson discusses the prospects for the 2010 vintage, a year marked by unfavourable weather - 21st January
  • Coming on strong - The theory is that as the planet warms up, grapes produce more sugar, which ferments into more alcohol - 14th January
  • After rain, Rhône shines - Thanks to the early September rains, the northern Rhône 2010s are delightful – ripe, but fresh and silky - 7th January

Articles: 2011

  • Has it been a vintage year? - Perhaps the best thing to happen this year was the realisation that 2010 was such a good vintage in so many wine regions - 31st December
  • The sweetest things - Go on – treat yourself to a super-fresh and tangy Riesling, a delicious Sauternes or a top-quality, bone-dry sherry - 17th December
  • The great whites - There are so many white wines being made today – and you don’t have to wait long before they’re ready to drink - 10th December
  • Dazzling reds - More than bordeaux and other tannic reds, pinot noir and burgundy go particularly well with what is known as ‘festive fare’ - 3rd December
  • The bubbly types - Take your pick of 25 fine fizzes – the first in Jancis Robinson’s series of top 100 festive wines - 26th November
  • China hoists its sails - Per capita wine consumption in the country is still minuscule but the total wine market has grown exponentially - 19th November
  • Trial by Pinot - At a tasting, Jancis Robinson finds that two of her favourites are German, prompting her to wonder if the country’s Pinot Noir is better than red burgundy - 12th November
  • Sherry’s raw truths - This new wave, deliberately bottled raw or en rama but not chilled or filtered, tastes much more alive and interesting - 5th November
  • We’ll always have 2009 - This was the most opulent vintage that Bordeaux had seen, Jancis Robinson says. Would the 2009s show signs of going sweet and jammy on us? - 29th October
  • Cleaning up the Cape - Seventeen years after the creation of the rainbow nation, there are still pitifully few black or mixed race winemakers - 22nd October
  • Oz bounces back - Contrary to its reputation as being good only for over-processed labels, Australia is a wonderful source of artisan wines - 15th October
  • No one forecast this ... - The 2011 growing season has been a climatological roller coaster. Go, stop, go and a heck of lot of work sums it up - 8th October
  • My natural instincts - Fine wine production is at a crossroads between authentic and over-manipulated - 1st October
  • Bordeaux britannique - The general character of the 1996 vintage is rather old-style British, but with a decent amount of flesh on the bones - 24th September
  • Virginia’s climbers - After thorough soil mapping and intensive input from soil and viticulture specialists, the wines are thrillingly good - 17th September
  • Red rises in China - The Chinese wine lover enamoured with names and brands is now a very powerful reality - 10th September
  • Dark days for pink fizz - Two poor summers and a rosé craze have put pink champagne producers under pressure from entirely external factors - 3rd September
  • The really new Beaujolais - The 2010s are showing beautifully – even if the vintage is very different in character to the relatively tannic 2009s - 30th July
  • Cultured Vulture: Italy’s Aglianico - As more wine drinkers around the world are exposed to its charms, Jancis Robinson hopes the classy Aglianico grape will be planted more widely - 23rd July
  • First growth pains - The protracted and unpredictable nature of Bordeaux’s 2010 primeur campaign has caused acrimony - 9th July
  • Changing tastes - The day of the annually printed wine list is well and truly over – there are few more dated sights in a restaurant - 2nd July
  • Brought to heel - The most alluring local grape is Primitivo – but the Puglians seem determined to kill the goose that lays this particular golden egg - 24th June
  • Château godfather - Janis Robinson dines with Francis Ford Coppola, but the 1958 Inglenook Cabernet from his Napa Valley estate is the real star of the evening - 17th June
  • Life is sweet - To make really good Sauternes, pickers – who must be available at a moment’s notice over several weeks– may have to comb a single vineyard up to 10 times - 11th June
  • The pinot pioneers - It is the tantalising nature of red burgundy that seems to have inspired a new generation of vignerons to seek out sites in California - 4th June
  • Quaffable and quotable - Jancis Robinson realises that Michel Chapoutier had become Rent-a-Wine-Quote when he came out with ‘fruit is to the wine what the disc is to the music’ - 28th May
  • Match points - Paying three-star prices in a restaurant with very limited menu justifies you in expecting the wine waiter to be able to suggest several perfect matches for every dish - 21st May
  • Naked’s ambitions - Jancis Robinson looks at an online wine retailer whose customers not only get to rate producers’ wine but are given the power to decide a vintage’s worth - 14th May
  • Not such a grand plan - Based on the latest attempt to forge a sustainable future for the Languedoc, Jancis Robinson fears that wine and French politics will never blend into one harmonious cuvée - 7th May
  • Price and prejudice - Does one get what he pays for with the wine on offer today? Jancis Robinson strongly believes there is little correlation between price and the pleasure a wine gives - 30th April
  • Dry reds? Mazel tov! - Kosher wine – served at Passover as part of Jewish ritual – has seen a dramatic improvement in sophistication and is no longer seen as a cheap joke - 23rd April
  • The summer of content - Jancis Robinson was dreading a tasting assault in Bordeaux due to high levels of alcohol and tannin, but finds that the best of the nascent ferments strike a convincing balance - 16th April
  • Primed and en primeur - The bordeaux 2010 samples may bear little relation to the final wines as the eventual mix will be made up of a blend of hundreds of barrels coming from different forests, coopers and treatments - 9th April
  • Back to Bordeaux - The 2001 vintage is generally much better and cost much less than 2002. Those who bought sweet whites should feel very smug indeed - 2nd April
  • Serious student drinking - At the 58th Varsity Blind Wine Tasting competition, Jancis Robinson saw agony, angst and euphoria. She also noted an element of military precision about the triumphant Cambridge team - 26th March
  • Still bubbling under - As new vignerons systematically change the profile of vine varieties grown in the UK, English fizz will have to deliver more pleasure if it is to thrive commercially - 19th March
  • A new Austrian empire? - These wines must have been very absorbing because I ended up for the first time ever being shooed out of the tasting room - 12th March
  • Is there class in ’95? - The 1995 Bordeaux vintage, offered at prices that seemed outrageous at the time, could be said to have been the first of the current era of maximum commercial opportunism - 5th March
  • Please buy generously - In the past wines have tended to favour the first half of the phrase ‘cheap and cheerful’, but there has been a distinct step up in quality for this year’s Wine Relief - 26th February
  • Burgundy revisited - A second look at 2008 red burgundies reveals that the vine-by-vine attention biodynamicists lavished on their vineyards has paid off - 19th February
  • Seriously going places - With China’s current wine-fever, sommeliers such as Krishna Hathaway are in great demand, bringing a sensible sequence to an exciting drinking culture - 12th February
  • Splendid isolation - Portugal’s unique viticultural heritage offers the discriminating drinker wine made from a dazzling array of high-quality vine varieties rarely found elsewhere - 5th February
  • White elephants - Along with en primeur merchants, white burgundy’s disappointing track record has been the single most common complaint on Jancis Robinson‘s website forum - 29th January
  • Youthful charm - At a recent tasting in London, Jancis Robinson finds that there could hardly be a greater contrast between the open, ripe red fruit flavours of 2009 burgundy and the reticent 2008s - 22nd January
  • Kiwi fruits - The range of wine styles available today from New Zealand’s North and South Islands is much more exciting than it was just five years ago - 15th January
  • Out on their Rhône - High temperatures in the region in the summer of 2009 seem to have resulted in wines that are delightfully supple and well balanced - 8th January

Articles: 2010

  • Passion on the page - After a few rather lacklustre wine book vintages, 2010 has yielded a number of titles that are either intriguing or particularly useful, and occasionally both - 31st December
  • There’s a lot of empty noise about vessels - Wine professionals tend to clasp one besmirched glass throughout an entire tasting, contrary to a widespread belief that glasses must be changed often - 24th December
  • Rich pickings - In the last of her festive guides, Jancis Robinson picks strong and sweet wines. Lovely soft, long-aged taste of the sea, what sailor could resist this? - 18th December
  • Do the white thing - From the fresh and zesty to the assertive, exotically rich and flamboyant, Jancis Robinson presents a selection of white wines with real distinction - 11th December
  • On red alert - Jancis Robinson selects festive wines that go well with celebratory meals and their sweet accompaniments, from bordeaux bargains to underpriced offerings from the Languedoc - 4th December
  • Sparkling results - Jancis Robinson looks at various champagnes for Christmas drinking – nothing in excess, just the sort you’d be thrilled with at a party - 27th November
  • No place like Rhône - The northern reds seem to be much more relaxed, eloquent and convincing, a phenomenon already evident in the 2009s that Jancis Robinson first tasted back in May - 20th November
  • A lot of bottle - Jancis Robinson meets Adrien Tramier, a vivid exception to Bordeaux’s image as a region of grand wine, high prices and predictable people - 13th November
  • Jancis Robinson on oak barrels - Twenty years ago wine producers around the world measured their success by the number of new oak barrels they had in their cellars. But oakiness is now considered as 1980s as shoulder-pads - 6th November
  • Crisis? What crisis? - Italian winemakers are all doom and gloom, but Italian wine sales in the US are booming - 30th October
  • Grape grandchildren - The sons of André Lurton have strayed from Bordeaux in spectacular and unusual fashion: Jacques focuses on consultancies, while François owns vineyards and wineries across the globe - 23rd October
  • Hot and bothered - The great majority of 2003 bordeaux, whose grapes were afflicted by the year’s heat-wave, should be drunk before the fruit recedes altogether - 16th October
  • Noir thrillers - When tasted blind, do New Zealand and Oregon Pinot Noirs outshine those from Australia and California? Jancis Robinson joins a comparative tasting of 65 vintages to find out - 9th October
  • Pure pleasure? - First organic, then biodynamic, and now ‘natural’. The latest in holier-than-thou drinking, natural wine has invaded Britain surprisingly recently - 2nd October
  • Grape wars: Chile v Argentina - The two South American countries have been moving determinedly – occasionally recklessly – upmarket, and can now offer wines with real personality - 25th September
  • Wine-hunting on the web - Thanks to the diligent work of New Zealander Martin Brown, Wine-searcher.com was born in the late 1990s. It now lists more than 4m wines available from around the globe - 18th September
  • Savennières: brimfire in a bottle - There are now so many styles of the Loire Valley white wine – all of them showing the Chenin minerality and ageability of which a corner of the Angevine countryside seems uniquely capable - 11th September
  • Southern exposure - Anne Gros, one of the most respected wine producers in the world, establishes a new domaine in Languedoc, arguably France’s most challenging wine region - 4th September
  • If these walls could talk - Jancis Robinson samples wines from 56 producers of the Grand Cru, Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy, and discovers suppliers that are little known in the UK - 31st July
  • DIY wine books - Writers are increasingly taking the initiative to self-publish, which has its attractions if you can find your market and a direct route to customers - 24th July
  • Beaujolais’ year in the sun - The exuberant quality of the 2009s is impressive – stuffed full of fruit, cost well under £15 a bottle and actually delicious to drink - 17th July
  • Time is ripe for Germany - Winemaking in has never been more brilliant, the weather never more propitious for ripening grapes fully while retaining the freshness that is German wines’ special trait - 10th July
  • Bordeaux 2009s: there’s a price to pay - The vintage has hit record prices but what is scary is that demand for the top wines seems to have been similarly exceptional, even if it is unclear if people are buying to drink or for investment - 3rd July
  • Summer wine special - Jancis Robinson selects her favourite bottles, from lighter reds to vintages bold enough for a barbecue, for those long hot evenings - 26th June
  • The growing gulf in the world of fine wine - Many brokers, traders and merchants who cluster around London will have nothing to do with wine bought in the US and Asia - 19th June
  • When a bottle is better than a case - The UK is known as a sophisticated market for wine, but Jancis Robinson says consumers in search of a single superior bottle will find few retailers able to help them - 12th June
  • Hidden delights from the south of France - Languedoc-Roussillon is the perfect playground for those who like hand-crafted, highly individual wines that express the place where they were grown and are sensibly priced - 5th June
  • Canadian wine – from bottom to top - A recent showcase in London proves that some of Ontario’s best Chardonnays can hold their own with the world’s finest - 29th May
  • At last – wine is a force for good - Jancis Robinson attends a fundraising wine dinner in Singapore for the charity Room to Read where 400 guests donated well over S$2m - 22nd May
  • A continent of connoisseurs - Jancis Robinson was once told that Asians – cast as teetotallers or beer guzzlers – would never become wine drinkers. Yet they are now the focus of the world’s fine wine trade - 15th May
  • Madeira – not just for Christmas - Jancis Robinson goes on an extraordinary celebratory tasting featuring the Atlantic island’s finest wines - 8th May
  • English wine gets serious - English viticulture, once the preserve of untutored amateurs, is now a much more commercial proposition - 1st May
  • Hungary for progress - The country’s wine producers have started to make a higher proportion of dry white wines – typically dry versions of Tokaji’s signature grape variety Furmint - 24th April
  • Bordeaux 2009: the right bank - Growers in Sauternes and Barsac are cock-a-hoop over the quality of the vintage and unprecedented demand from Asia is likely to push prices up - 17th April
  • Bordeaux 2009: the left-bank reds - This vintage can offer more sheer pleasure than any I can remember and may well provide delicious drinking throughout its life - 10th April
  • Enter the flagon: new wines from China - Jancis Robinson spends 48 hours in China and is delighted to see the exciting new developments in Chinese-grown wine - 3rd April
  • A tasting that gave me so much pleasure - Jancis Robinson samples top quality 2000 bordeaux and is awed by the vintage’s delightful freshness, gentle tannins and seriously impressive harmony - 27th March
  • Food (and wine) for thought - Most producers want to show off their wines in a pure, unadorned state and would serve food only after a tasting. But Jancis Robinson is convinced that food is no distraction to wine evaluation - 20th March
  • Out on its own in California - Ridge has been producing appetising, claret-style wines for half a century and has built up a faithful international clientele - 13th March
  • Are you ready for wines from Japan? - Jancis Robinson learns that there is a new initiative to launch an export campaign for Koshu, which is made from a grape variety that is often dismissed within its native country - 6th March
  • Old vines, new region - Jancis Robinson discovers the Spanish region of Cigales, whose wines tend to be rather more structured and very few of them suffer the over-oaking that seems endemic in Ribera del Duero - 27th February
  • Hooray for Australian Chardonnay - Jancis Robinson generally agrees that Australia’s large wine companies have been allowed to tarnish the industry’s reputation but two recent tastings left her with newfound admiration for a big brand - 20th February
  • World wine web - Eric LeVine revolutionised the world of wine appreciation when he created CellarTracker, an online cellar management system that allows wine users everywhere to rate wines and compare notes - 13th February
  • There’s room to cultivate that added sparkle - Champagne drinkers have been branching out into those made by growers themselves. But a recent tasting showed they are not necessarily superior - 6th February
  • A mean, green streak in the crimson - The 2006 vintage was compromised by rain and rot, and there was still a marked gap between the most and least successful wines - 30th January
  • Burgundy’s diamonds in the dust - Some of the 2008s from the region’s top ‘domaines’ are marvels of precision and charm, but most of the reds shown at merchant tastings in the past two weeks are, Jancis Robinson admits, much harder work - 23rd January
  • Miracle rescue for 2008 burgundies - Rot, mildew and continuous rain wreaked havoc on the region’s vineyards, but the north wind and sunshine saved enough grapes to make very good – even great – wine - 16th January
  • The secret of a great white rioja - Jancis Robinson is impressed by the Macabeu or Viura grape, a variety that has the unusual virtue of being capable of making dry white wines, often blends, with verve and character that improve with age - 9th January
  • Here’s to Riesling and responsibilities - Jancis Robinson hopes for a tax on the use of the word ‘passion’, top quality places to store wine, responsible shipping and storage and to drink more and more Riesling in 2010 - 2nd January

Articles: 2009

  • How to pour it and store it - As we all go into entertaining overdrive this season, Jancis Robinson offers practical advice on how to serve and handle wine - 26th December
  • Strength and sweetness - This is the time to indulge in dessert wines, ports and sherries - 19th December
  • Best of the reds - Jancis Robinson lists 75 top reds for festive drinking, including the exceptional 2007 Rhônes - 5th December
  • White Christmas - Suggesting good buys for FT readers is never easy. This week, Jancis Robinson presents the first in a series of wine guides: a selection of 75 divine whites for festive drinking - 28th November
  • The wrong rain in the Rhône - The valley has usually been blessed with successful vintages, but Jancis Robinson finds out that too much rain caused grapes to swell with water, diluting the flavour of the 2008s - 21st November
  • Limoux still sparkles, even without fizz - The surprisingly complex and refreshing still Chardonnays are the finest group of wines made in this surprising region, which offers French finesse and good value - 14th November
  • From some place in South Africa - The quality of wine being exported from the Cape has progressed in leaps and bounds – even if we often have to guess at exactly where the grapes were grown - 7th November
  • Bordeaux’s quiet masters - Jancis Robinson talks to the Boissenots, the Médoc’s leading consultants, and is struck by the fact that they never court or rarely receive publicity - 31st October
  • Russia’s wild world of wine - On a trip to the south of Russia, Jancis Robinson discovers that wine production there is remarkably like it is everywhere else, with the big transformation being in new equipment - 24th October
  • A year worth a splurge? - After trying almost 120 red bordeaux at a tasting organised by fine wine traders Farr Vintners, Jancis Robinson says there are certainly bargains to be had from the 2002 vintage - 17th October
  • All sweetness and light - Many British wine drinkers are looking for wines that are more refreshing, simpler and fruitier. Jancis Robinson was at a wine trade forum to discuss this trend – and how to benefit from it - 10th October
  • Twelve Tuscans 10 years on - A tasting in Hamburg demonstrates that time in the cellar has benefited these substantial red wines, making them sweeter and more luscious - 3rd October
  • A marvel in the Médoc - Jancis Robinson says Château Sociando-Mallet wines are much better than those of its neighbours because it lies on a gravelly hillock and has the best view of the Gironde - 26th September
  • French winemakers hope for a fine vintage - Vintners interviewed by the Financial Times this week have expressed optimism about the prospects of producing a highly desirable vintage after a severe winter had killed off harmful bugs and allowed vines to rest - 19th September
  • Nuits, the burgundy du jour - After an intense, three-day blind tasting of top 2006 red burgundies, Jancis Robinson finds that Nuits-St-Georges, which showed real savour and raciness, is by far the best-value appellation - 12th September
  • A mature nose for investment - AltaTech sells its ‘high end’ grapes at top dollar on the basis that it will help wine-producing customers gain higher scores for their products - 5th September
  • Go back a decade for the best bordeaux - All the significant 1999s vintage are just about ready now and are providing really rewarding drinking - 29th August
  • Nk’Mip, QwAM QwMT Merlot, anyone? - The wines of Okanagan Valley show quite extraordinary directness of fruit; they almost punch you between the eyes with their frankness - 22nd August
  • A vintner determined to stamp out wine fraud - Laurent Ponsot, the Burgundian wine grower, tells Jancis Robinson how he became an amateur detective - 18th July
  • Take the sommelier home with you - Bertrand Faure Beaulieu’s Sarment offers personal services to well-off individuals who lack the time and experience to look after their own wine collections - 11th July
  • New Zealand comes of age - Jancis Robinson is encouraged that New Zealand wine is no longer a one trick pony and that winemaking is better than it has ever been, at a wide range of price levels and styles - 4th July
  • Kind hearts and classic clarets - Continuing a fine FT tradition of ‘looking at’ each vintage of the top red bordeaux at 10 years old, Jancis Robinson surveys how many of the 1999s are inspiring - 27th June
  • A nose for wine, a head for business - Direct Wines turns 40 and Jancis Robinson learns that its owners, Mr and Mrs Lathwaite, have always complemented each other: he takes care of the wines and she deals with the business side - 20th June
  • Germany passes the acid test - The weather may have presented challenges but the country’s best wine producers are more skilled and more determined than they have ever been - 13th June
  • The new Ottoman emperors - After a short trip to Turkey’s vineyards and cellars, it will not be long before the country produces something exceptional - 6th June
  • The port trade’s calling card - The quality and sheer sophistication of the best 2007s convince Jancis Robinson that the appearance of vintage port every three or four years should encourage us to pull some corks - 30th May
  • Perfectionism meets pragmatism - Jancis Robinson visits a former Japanese diplomat whose high standards has resulted in exceptional vintages at his New Zealand winery - 23rd May
  • Bordeaux versus the rest of the world - Most Bordelais shudder at comparative tastings, which tend to benefit the organisers by showing that their wines are much better value than top bordeaux - 16th May
  • Le weird et le wonderful - Jancis Robinson values Les Caves de Pyrène because the wines are authentically French and the staff provide a direct line to the latest developments in France rather than peddling the same old list - 9th May
  • Germans do it better - Their dry Rieslings are less austere, partly due to climate change and to the fact that German vintners today are more skilled at making well-balanced dry wines - 2nd May
  • The Albariño that isn’t - The famous Spanish white wine grape is at the centre of controversy after Australian growers were told that their own versions are of a different vine variety - 25th April
  • The wines that came in from the cold - Commentators find attractive vintages at the 2008 tasting in Bordeaux in spite of the rains, mildew and rot that swelled, ravaged and threatened the grapes - 18th April
  • Difficult for Bordeaux to swallow - A vast proportion of the 2007 vintage is still sitting on merchants’ books, unloved and unwanted - 11th April
  • How Australia went down under - While more and more fine Australian wine is being produced, its fortunes and reputation have plummeted - 4th April
  • How to keep the bubbly from bursting - The Champagne region’s traditionally unorganic vineyards, are slowly developing environmental credentials - 28th March
  • Wine’s age of uncertainty - The increasing incidence of drought, bushfires, floods, frost and dramatic storms and the giddy gavotte of world currencies are raising concerns - 21st March
  • Liberté, égalité, fraternité ... and abstinence - New anti-alcohol policies are just one of the threats pressing on France’s wine industry - 14th March
  • A passion for Pinot Noir - Winemakers keep experimenting with the red burgundy grape to discover interesting new flavours from this delicate, unpredictable, playful liquid - 7th March
  • Caught up in a national disaster - In spite of the bushfires, Melbourne’s Yarra Valley is still very much open for business - 28th February
  • Sauvignon strategies, some involving sheep - One factor that has helped sustain the price of Marlborough whites, apart from the huge popular appeal of its zesty, off-dry style, has been its relative scarcity - 21st February
  • Wine women on song - Visits between winemakers on both sides of the Atlantic foster understanding of the vinous opposition and engender a re-examination of attitudes - 14th February
  • Red and white go green - Jancis Robinson has been running a campaign against extra-thick, extra-dark and extra-heavy bottles whose manufacturing and transporting costs are far more than those of regular bottles - 7th February
  • The new négociants of Burgundy - One of the things found most exciting by Jancis Robinson during her extensive tastings of 2007s was how many of the best ranges were made by new or recently revamped producers - 31st January
  • The discreet charms of 2007 burgundy - Stressful was the word invoked to describe the year’s growing season, brought about by a ‘détestable’ summer - 24th January
  • Bargains on the grapevine - For between £5 and £8 a bottle the less expensive wines of the southern Rhône offer the best value in straitened times - 17th January
  • The man with wine in his veins - The exceptionally well-connected Peter Max Sichel built Blue Nun into a 3m-case brand and is Mr Fixit in the international wine business - 10th January
  • Southern comfort aids 2007 Rhônes - Surprisingly few of Châteauneufs had uncomfortably hot finishes and most were surprisingly refreshing, helped certainly by the relatively modest temperatures and powerful mistral during the summer of 200 - 3rd January

Articles: 2008

  • Bubble to bust in a year that lacked bottle(s) - As the fine wine market suffers from plummeting purchases, Jancis Robinson observes increasing soul-searching among producers about environmental concerns - 27th December 2008
  • No champagne, no gain - In the last of her four-part guide to festive drinking, Jancis Robinson selects the bubbly - 20th December 2008
  • Fortified wines - In the third of her four-part guide, Jancis Robinson selects fortified wines - 13th December 2008
  • Christmas whites - Online extra: The FT’s wine writer lists 75 white wines she recommends for Christmas drinking - 8th December 2008
  • Red wines for the season - Online extra: Jancis Robinson recommends more than 60 reds for drinking this Christmas - 6th December 2008
  • Sweet, strong and surplus - If you know where to look, you can find caches of ancient liquids languishing at attractive prices - 22nd November 2008
  • The online evangelist - Through his web-based wine tasting show, Gary Vaynerchuk wants to infect an entire generation with his enthusiasm for wine - 15th November 2008
  • A weak year for bordeaux - Underripe tannins and occasional green notes are in many of the 2006 reds – although Jancis Robinson does identify some from the vintage that outshine the norm - 8th November 2008
  • Bordeaux’s brilliant 2005 gets better - Jancis Robinson finds that the vintage now has a greater lustre, since its perfect growing season has been followed by a series of increasingly difficult ones - 1st November 2008
  • Meet Japan’s besotted brewer - Philip Harper has made a greater commitment to Japanese culture than any Englishman before him: he is Tokyo’s only western ‘toji’, or master brewer of sake - 22nd October 2008
  • Australia’s greatest glory revisited - In its youth, Grange can be a bit much – all tannin, tar and camphor. It takes many years to evolve into a gorgeously sweet, luscious, exotic elixir - 18th October 2008
  • Why Argentine Malbec shines above the rest - Once scorned, the ubiquitous Malbec grape is now properly valued as offering a vibrant yet haunting expression of South American sunshine - 11th October 2008
  • Sweet and Spanish – but it’s not sherry - What is dark, sticky, transforms plain vanilla ice-cream into a feast and can cost so little? Jancis Robinson samples a unique varietal wine that is - 4th October 2008
  • Get stuck in the middle - Reports suggest that it is mid-priced wines that will suffer most from the current economic turmoil, a great shame since they offer the best-value - 27th S eptember 2008
  • Forget the grapes, it’s a cultural thing - Wines are starting to taste much more similar, in spite of coming from a wider range of sources. Jancis Robinson suspects the widespread use of a narrow range of commercial yeasts may be the cause - 20th September 2008
  • A spoonful of sugar - Many have expressed displeasure in Alsace wines getting sweeter and sweeter, and it is becoming a concern to drinkers and local authorities - 13th September 2008
  • Consulting the chameleon - Jancis Robinson meets a Catalan winemaking consultant who is responsible for successful new wines from the right bank of Bordeaux and further afield - 6th September 2008
  • Souvenirs to leave behind - Those who expect their treasured wine mementoes to prolong the warmth and languor of the summer holiday just past are all too often disappointed - 30th August 2008
  • Eins, Zwei, ... Dry - Partly thanks to climate change, says Jancis Robinson, the quality of German Riesling fermented out to dryness has dramatically improved over the past decade - 26th July 2008
  • Beware a new red menace - The practice of picking grapes later is producing uncomfortably dry finishes in more red wines - 19th July 2008
  • On tour with Napa’s VIPs - Touring the world’s most visited wine region demands organisation, designated drivers, pocket money and temperance to enjoy the countless tasting sessions one can savour - 12th July 2008
  • Chianti ups the ante - The 2006 vintage of Chianti Classico brings us wine lovers something to celebrate – and not just that so many of the wines taste good - 4th July 2008
  • Everything’s coming up rosé - “The world is awash with rosé,” observed an old friend who once managed one of London’s most famous hotels somewhat testily to me the other day - 30th June 2008
  • Long live German Riesling - Anyone keen to buy 2007s but less than enthusiastic about bordeaux should think seriously about Germany’s exceptional 2007 vintage - 21st June 2008
  • Hot spots for Chile’s vineyards - Wine production being a particularly sensitive barometer of climate change, vineyards are creeping polewards in both hemispheres - 14th June 2008
  • Time to think again about sherry - Do you remember one of the prime reasons that sherry died? - 7th June 2008
  • The insider’s choice - This must be the first time such an array of wines has been shown in London since the time of the Pontacs,” said Prince Robert of Luxembourg last week - 24th May 2008
  • Local whites are just the Italian job - Think of Italian wine and what do you see? Something deep purple or dusky crimson? - 16th May 2008
  • Brits who love a vigneron’s life - No one knows exactly how many French wine enterprises are British-owned but the total must now be well into four figures - 12th May 2008
  • Wine magic and other mysteries - Has the magic gone out of wine? This seemed to be the over-arching theme of a rare two days of discussion between some of the world’s most respected winemakers and wine writers in the Andalusian town of Ronda a fortnight ago - 5th May 2008
  • A meal to toast the class of 1982 - The year 1982 is of huge significance in the world of wine. It was the vintage that marked the beginning of the modern era in Bordeaux, when ripe fruit was first accepted as fine bordeaux’s most desirable feature - 28th April 2008
  • Bordeaux 2007: White is the new red - What was extraordinary when tasting hundreds of samples of young 2007 bordeaux earlier this month was how good the whites looked - 21st April 2008
  • Bordeaux 2007 – the vintage only the fittest survived - The 2007 vintage is quite extraordinary – as exceptional as the 2003 heatwave year but in an entirely different way - 14th April 2008
  • ‘I’ve never sold a wine that everyone wanted as much as this one’ - One of the most exciting things about my job is discovering a new wine region. And these are not always in far-flung corners of the wine world - 7th April 2008
  • South African stars, served on a ‘Platter’ - One of the great mysteries of the world of wine is why South African wine is not more celebrated - 31st March 2008
  • Time to get hot on temperature control - Last summer one hundred cases of very fine wine indeed had to be poured straight down San Francisco’s drains - 24th March 2008
  • ‘Millions of Chinese will be disappointed’ - I went back to China earlier this month after a gap of five years. Visitors of a more serious bent may go to China in search of answers to the future the planet. I went in search of wine - 15th March 2008
  • The hills are alive with heroic viticulture - Slovenia is possibly the most unusual wine culture in the world, certainly in Europe. During a brief visit there last November I tasted some of the most distinctively delicious wines to have come my way for several years, and some of the worst - 7th March 2008
  • ‘It’s more important that I’m in love with wine’ - It may be surprising but there are not all that many wine producers in the most traditional villages of Bordeaux and Burgundy who are absolutely besotted by the wines of the world - 1st March 2008
  • Name-dropping in Italy - Wine-label printers have much to thank the Hungarians for. From the beginning of this year the name Tocai Friulano is officially banned from wine labels exported from Italy, so a new name is required for wines made from this popular grape variety in the north-east Italian region of Friuli - 23rd February 2008
  • Australia’s climate of change - The Australian wine industry is in flux. Supplies of inexpensive wine produced with maximum added water and minimum human hand that have underpinned Australia’s export effort have been drying up, quite literally - 16th February 2008
  • Alsatians come to the aid of a one-trick pony - New Zealand has long been the envy of other wine exporting countries - 9th February 2008
  • Davos: wining, dining... and mining - I host wine tastings regularly and am used to keeping an audience, even a crypt full of fund managers, under control. But halfway through a look at 10 wines with – can you believe it? - 2nd February 2008
  • Should burgundy lovers resist the 2006 vintage? - With burgundy, there are rarely certainties. With 2006 burgundy, there is only one: that both reds and whites will evolve relatively fast - 26th January 2008
  • The year that sorted the diligent vignerons - Tasting with Dominique Lafon in the cellars of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in the Burgundian village of Meursault is always a pleasure but last December Lafon’s grin was particularly wide - 19th January 2008
  • Rhône whites give burgundies a run for their money - The question every wine professional dreads is: “What’s your favourite wine?” As with our children, we love them all equally for their very different charms and capabilities - 12th January 2008
  • The American telling the French what to do - We all know that French wine producers have been having a tough time and have been sorely in need of a bit of help in selling their products in a world awash with cleverly marketed New World alternatives. But who exactly has been capitalising on this opportunity to offer advice and expertise? - 5th January 2008

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