Dear wine lover, here are links to some of the articles that were published on this week.

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Dear wine lover

So popular was the trade briefing on Brexit at this week's London Wine Fair at Olympia that I had to stand at the back, with this view of a panel that included Gavin Quinney of Ch Bauduc, who so kindly keeps us informed of goings-on in Bordeaux (frost map expected next week). I'd been more comfortable at a similar event at Chatham House last Friday when sitting on the platform. There is clearly massive interest in this topic, but a miasma of uncertainty hangs over its likely effects on the wine world, or anything else for that matter. I will discuss some of them next week.

By no means for the first time, our most comprehensive articles this week were written by Julia, one on Swiss wines and one on sherry, another result of her first-ever trip to Jerez. To complement her sherry report we republished a short video of arch sherry proponent Jesús Barquín in our Throwback Thursday series.

Young Shi's account of her experiences working as a cellar rat in South Africa seem to have struck a chord, and coincide with our intention to publish every week two of the many articles she and her team have translated into Chinese. She went to South Africa via a scheme to encourage women in wine. We are delighted to be sponsoring one of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards. For obvious reasons the name of the Owner Operator category rather appealed to me. 

Our German specialist Michael Schmidt wrote about some of the excellent younger producers bubbling up in the Rheinhessen while occasional contributor Simon Reilly rather unexpectedly praised the experience of buying wine in monopoly-dominated Norway. Nick drew our attention to a new, top-quality deli/restaurant in East London.

I reported in more detail on that tasting of 2008 white burgundies, on a London showing of Oregon and Washington wines, and on Laithwaite's very varied current range. Today's wine of the week is a particularly heartfelt Catalan recommendation from Ferran. 

With best wishes from a London where we are apparently on high alert for another terrible terrorist incident in the UK and the army is much in evidence,


​Joan d’Anguera, Altaroses Garnatxa 2015 Montsant (Wines of the week)

May 26, 2017 09:00 am | Ferran Centelles

From €11.65, $15.99, CA$22.65, £16 Find this wine Today is an emotional day for me because for the first time since I started writing for four years ago I am presenting a wine of the week. In this slot one can talk about truly motivating wines, wines chosen on a very personal level leaving behind the pressure of scoring and, in…

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Laithwaite's switchback of quality (Tasting articles)

May 26, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From its humble beginnings in a railway arch in Windsor, Laithwaite’s has grown to be a massive operation with tentacles in the US, Australia, Asia and mainland Europe. Click on the Laithwaite’s tag to see our considerable coverage of this mail-order retailer and now English sparkling wine producer. In recognition of this I went along to their…

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Sherry - changing the rules (Tasting articles)

May 25, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

See also this video of the co-founder of Equipo Navazos sherries. While I was in Jerez in late March to select the most recent en rama sherries for our Sherry Night on 23 April (from which, thanks to attendees, we were able to donate £1,107.40 to Macmillan Cancer Care), I took advantage of my first-ever trip to the region (shame on me) to visit a…

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Piemonte en primeur in 2017 - the guide (Free for all)

May 25, 2017 06:30 am | Team JR

25 May In the light of the lukewarm consumer response to the 2016 Bordeaux en primeur campaign reported today in our guide to it, we're republishing this guide to another set of fine red wines suitable for ageing. 11 May This is a guide to all that Walter publishes this year on major tastings of Piemonte wines. His picture is of the Tanaro river…

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Rheinhessen Ortswein 2016s - new challengers (Tasting articles)

May 24, 2017 09:00 am | Michael Schmidt

See also The picture tells the tale - Rheinhessen 2016. It has been said that in some regional chapters of the prestigious premium wine growers' association, the VDP, the established elite can be keener to defend their territory against talented newcomers than to encourage their efforts. Not so in Rheinhessen, where at the annual Ortswein preview,…

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If Big Brother were a barman... (Free for all)

May 24, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Simon Reilly draws the phenomenon of state controls on drinking to our attention. On a recent trip to Oslo it occurred to me that over a three-day break I drank the same Riesling by the glass in three of the six restaurants I dined in. This is not the sort of thing I would usually do. Whether I am drinking in a restaurant or at home, I actively…

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Impressions of South Africa (Don't quote me)

May 23, 2017 09:02 am | Guest contributor

Jancis writes Young Shi is my representative in China and, as a hard-working MW student, commutes between the UK, Shanghai and the wine regions of the world. She was one of this year's successful applicants for an internship in one of the PIWOSA wineries in the Cape. Below she presents her impressions of South Africa as a result of this total…

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Oregon and Washington in London (Tasting articles)

May 23, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Last March the leading Pacific Northwest wine-producing states Oregon and Washington jointly showed off their wines at a generic tasting in London. The two states are of course extremely different in virtually every way, and certainly as wine producers. We try to keep you up to speed with developments in them, as witness Elaine's recent report on …

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​2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards launched (Free for all)

May 22, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

We are delighted to be sponsoring one of the eight categories in this year’s Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA), for which entries are now invited. Winemaker of the Year - sponsored by WineArk Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Workplace Champion of Change –…

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The perseverance of the Swiss (Tasting articles)

May 22, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

Swiss wines don't get much exposure in the UK, though they certainly deserve to based on their quality. Thanks in large part to our Wine Grapes co-author José Vouillamoz, I have tasted more Swiss wines in the last few years than in the previous decade, for example at the annual Mémoire des Vins Suisses, which celebrates the ability of Swiss wines…

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Long live the salt-beef sandwich (Nick on restaurants)

May 20, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

The Mark Ogus of today looks quite similar to the Nicholas Lander of 1981. Both of us are tall, good looking (in my opinion, anyway), and both of us have, or had in my case, a full head of hair. Both of us are thin, wear glasses and have just opened restaurants. And both of us are, or were, looking slightly the worse for wear, a situation…

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A welcome white burgundy horizontal (Free for all)

May 20, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See the accompanying tasting article with tasting notes on all these wines. Assessments of maturing red bordeaux vintages are, if not ten a penny, then reasonably common – helped by the fact that, with a few exceptions, the vineyards of most Bordeaux châteaux are pretty extensive.  The…

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