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Lowerland, Vaalkameel Colombard 2018 Prieska

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 22/05/2020 - 09:49
An ugly-ducking grape turns swan in a remote region of the arid Northern Cape to celebrate tonight's #SpectacularSouthAfrica initiative to encourage everyone to open a bottle of South African wine. From 275 rand (per bottle in a case of 6), €29.95, £31.95, $39.99, 38.90 Swiss francs Find this wine NB I have included prices for the 2017
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Tumbarumba tasted

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 21/05/2020 - 09:46
A cool-climate, bushfire-burnt Australian wine region that deserves to be better known. Tumbarumba in the foothills of the Australian Alps in the south of New South Wales (see this map) suffered particularly badly from the recent awful Australian bushfires, which, in a roundabout way, resulted in my being able to discover its wines, as I will
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Hospo pairings – plant-based, heat and spice

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 21/05/2020 - 09:46
A rich smorgasbord of food-and-wine pairings volunteered by the laid-off hospitality professionals we have welcomed to Purple Pages recently can be perused via our guide. We have edited the suggestions extremely lightly to keep their spirit intact. Plant-based pairings If you're done on the pizza and popcorn, the steak and cream sauce, then
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Get a WSET qualification without leaving home

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 21/05/2020 - 09:46
The world’s biggest provider of wine education launches online exams. We hear that many of those laid off from the hospitality business have been spending their time upskilling. Lockdown restrictions have created ideal conditions for learning – so long as you have the willpower, a quiet corner, and the co-operation of your source of education.
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Australian Rieslings, and Chardonnays compared

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 20/05/2020 - 09:46
Mainly very fine Chardonnay, mostly (though not all) from Australia, but some Australian Rieslings, and some French and American Chardonnays for comparative purposes. See also Looking back at Australian Chardonnay, also published today. All of these Australian Rieslings and quite a lot of these Australian Chardonnays were tasted at the generic
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Looking back at Australian Chardonnay

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 20/05/2020 - 09:46
See Australian Rieslings, and Chardonnays compared for the tasting notes of the retrospective of Tiers Chardonnay described below. I think it was Xavier Bizot who had the idea of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the planting of the Tiers vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in 1979. He is the son-in-law of Brian Croser, who initially planted
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Arnoux-Lachaux 2018s – daring delicacy

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 19/05/2020 - 09:46
A range of fresh, delicate and terroir-transparent wines are given the red-carpet treatment. See the introduction to Arnoux-Lachaux – a bright new star for further background on this domaine, particularly the work they are doing in the vineyard, as explained to me by Charles Lachaux at a tasting of their 2017 vintage in London last year. My
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Hospo pairings – around the world

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 19/05/2020 - 09:46
A country-by-country survey of just some of the food and wine matches suggested by the professionals we have welcomed recently. See this guide to our hospo pairings series. Pandemics and climate-change issues remind us just how global we are. Not in a good way. But these hospos have reminded me just how global we are, and how global the language
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Sakes with a French accent

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 18/05/2020 - 09:49
Two of Champagne's most respected chefs de cave and a French Canadian gastro-moleculist have turned their hands and palates to sake. Ex-Monsieur Dom Pérignon Richard Geoffroy has been one of the best-known wine personalities. As the man responsible for every vintage since 1990 of Dom Pérignon, LVMH’s most important prestige cuvée champagne
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Buying sherry online

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 18/05/2020 - 09:49
Mark Godden, lured to Iberia by a love of sherry after 15 years at Fishbone restaurant in Central Otago, helps us order some great Andalucian fortified wines, direct from the producer. Study of delivery details is needed by those outside Spain, but two significant UK retailers are listed at the end. See also Hospo pairings – sherry published last
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The improbable link between hard seltzer and wine

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 18/05/2020 - 09:49
Jancis writes When I was in California in February, all the wine people I met seemed to mention White Claw. Here’s why. And why it's of relevance in the UK now too. Imagine a story that goes something like this: a young man begins his career and struggles to make it as a spirits importer, selling his favourite bottles out of the trunk of his car
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When the tasting has to stop

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 16/05/2020 - 02:00
This year the future of communal wine-tasting activities has been called into question. No wine fairs. No en primeur tastings. Perhaps no wine awards such as the DWWA shown above (left to right Sarah Jane Evans MW, Peter Richards MW and Anthony Rose at Excel 2019). So what happens next? A version of this article is published by the Financial Times
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A Davy's dozen

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 15/05/2020 - 09:45
Continuing our reviews of a dozen offerings from an independent UK wine merchant, we examine wines chosen by an operation with, presumably, quite a bit of time and wine on its hands. Davy's own more than 20 wine bars and they have all been closed ever since the lockdown came into operation. See also Lea & Sandeman, Yapp Bros, Haynes Hanson & Clark
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Mountain Tides Petite Sirah 2018 California

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 15/05/2020 - 09:45
Forget your preconceptions about Petite Sirah, and about California wine prices. $20 and £22.95 It’s so exciting to discover new producers making serious, kindly priced wines anywhere, but especially in California where they have been relatively rare. Funnily enough I have recently come across two – with spookily similar names. How weird
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Ferran on Chile – the South

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 14/05/2020 - 09:45
See also Ferran’s introduction to this series and his tasting articles devoted to northern Chile and central Chile. In this article we will journey more than 650 km (400 miles) from southern, dry-farmed Maule around Cauquenes, Loncomilla and Sauzal (northern Maule was included in my article on central Chile), through Itata and Bío-Bío to Chilean
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Hospo pairings – sherry

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 14/05/2020 - 09:45
There are more of these tummy-rumbling (or churning) pairings in the Hospo food and wine matches guide. We’re sherry zealots at JancisRobinson.com (just look at the crazy number of articles we’ve devoted to the wine) and so are somms. Victoria Moore calls it ‘a consummate food wine’ in her book The Wine Dine Dictionary, and back in 2011 Jancis
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Ferran on Chile – the centre

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 13/05/2020 - 09:45
See also Ferran’s introduction to this series and his tasting article devoted to northern Chile. My tasting of the wines of central Chile brought together the regions of the Central Valley: Metropolitan (Maipo), the O’Higgins region (Cachapoal and Colchagua) and the Maule region (Maule and Curicó). However, in this article only the northern part
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Why bother making wine in Vietnam (or indeed anywhere)?

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 13/05/2020 - 09:45
Tropical viticulture considered by our man in Singapore in his usual quizzical fashion. Within a thousand-mile radius of Singapore there are vineyards in three different countries: Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia (on the island of Bali). At latitudes of 12 degrees north for the first two and eight degrees south for Bali, these are way outside
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Ferran on Chile – the north

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 12/05/2020 - 09:45
See Ferran’s introduction to this project. Tasting reports on central and southern Chile to follow. My tasting of the wines of northern Chile comprised the regions of Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaíso. To give you an idea of the distances involved, Copiapó (Atacama) is 800 km (500 miles) from Valparaíso, nine hours by car. (For the locations of
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Hospo pairings – lockdown limitations

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 12/05/2020 - 09:45
More suggestions from unemployed hospitality staff, putting in the time creating, or remembering, fine food and wine pairings specifically tailored to self-isolation. A siege-like state settled on the ordinary order of food in early March of this year. Panic-buying swept supermarket shelves clean. Homely tins of tomatoes and packets of pasta
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