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

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Dear wine lover

I thought you might like this picture of Chas Peterkin of Four Walls Wine at a burgundy tasting at La Cabotte in the City of London this week. His reaction to record June temperatures was to wear shorts, but he still wore the apron that is the signature garb for staff at Barry Phillips' company near Chichester. I thought it showed off rather well his nicely turned ankles.

Two days later at the burgundy-minded restaurant Cabotte, 11 of us enjoyed our over-subscribed Purple Paulée at which members of Purple Pages shared their bottles of fine burgundy. I'll be reporting on it next week.

The article I'd really like you to read this week is Tam's about a remarkable group of self-taught sommeliers from her native land, Zim's Supersomms, who have successfully bid to field a team at the World Wine Tasting Championships in Burgundy in October. These elegantly dressed young men need your help.

Nick and I both wrote about Greece last Saturday. On Monday, Elaine reported on an unusual producer in the Napa Valley while Alder reviewed a new genre of wine entertainment and education, podcasts.

Walter supplied another instalment of his comprehensive review of current releases from Piemonte (wines other than Nebbiolo this time), while Michael delivered the second half of his report on German VDP 2016s – an interesting vintage for classicists, to judge from what I've tasted so far.  

Tam wrote a lovely cooling story about Switzerland's famous Vin du Glacier and three of us reported on a bevy of top-quality champagnes. Today Andy Howard heaps praise on the lowly Co-op, Richard urges us to try a top-quality sparkling Vouvray, and I most unfortunately contribute a tribute to the late Tim Stanley-Clarke, one of the UK wine trade's most popular figures.

Yours very sadly,


Farewell Filing Clerk (Free for all)

Jun 23, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

The wine trade has been robbed of one of its funniest characters, and when I say funniest, I mean someone who was reliably and delightfully full of fun. Tim Stanley-Clarke died yesterday in hospital. His character shines out from this message from his hospital bed: 'I am sorry to be the harbinger of bad news, but a new and invincible infection has…

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Huet, Pétillant Brut 2010 and Brut Réserve 2009 Vouvray (Wines of the week)

Jun 23, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

From €17.80, $25.75, 2,034 yen, 189.95 Danish krone, £22.75, 269 Norweigan krone, CA$49.90, AU$56 Find the Brut 2010 Find the Réserve Brut 2009 The stranglehold that the word 'champagne' has over the world of sparkling wine is both absurd and unjust. Most people would scramble to buy a top-rated vintage champagne at under £25 (see Andy Howard's …

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The Co-op - cautiously individual (Don't quote me)

Jun 23, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Andy Howard MW continues his series on the major UK retailers. See also his performance reviews of Aldi and Lidl, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose. The Co-op really is the dark horse of the UK grocery market. The company has been in existence since its inception as the Rochdale Pioneers Society back in 1844 and is probably known to a large…

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Assorted posh champagnes (Tasting articles)

Jun 22, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding MW & Tamlyn Currin

Jancis writes We have recently been lucky enough to have tasted a range of champagnes from some of the grander producers  - Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Dom Pérignon, Laurent-Perrier and Philipponnat - and report below on our findings. These tasting notes are supplemented by two groups of rosé and demi-sec champagnes tasted blind recently as part…

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Podcasts - a new medium for wine (Free for all)

Jun 22, 2017 08:00 am | Alder Yarrow

22 June We're republishing Alder's comprehensive review of this exciting new source of wine education and entertainment free today as part of our Throwback Thursday series. 19 June For those interested in learning more about wine without visiting wine country themselves, the methods for doing so haven’t changed much in the past 30 years. There were…

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Zim somms take on the world, with your help (Free for all)

Jun 21, 2017 09:00 am | Tamlyn Currin

Just over a year ago, Erica Platter wrote about the inspirational 'Zim somms' who were making their mark on the Cape wine scene through sheer hard work and talent. Since I'm Zimbabwean born and bred, and long exiled from my homeland, the story had a particular resonance for me - in particular that of Tongai Joseph Dhafana. So when we received an…

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VDP 2016s part 2 - Nahe and Franken (Tasting articles)

Jun 21, 2017 09:00 am | Michael Schmidt

Jancis writes Michael's introduction to Germany's 2016 wines, in VDP 2016s part 1 - Rheingau, Pfalz and Mosel, was the first of several rounds of tastings of this slightly more 'herbaceous' vintage. Today we're publishing his reviews of 2016 Rieslings tasted in Mainz at the end of April from VDP producers in the Nahe and Franken, with a handful of…

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Langhe - not just Nebbiolo (Tasting articles)

Jun 20, 2017 09:00 am | Walter Speller

See our guide to all of Walter's articles about this year's Piemonte en primeur. I must admit that I am so focused on telling you the latest about Nebbiolo in its Barolo, Barbaresco and (more and more) Alto Piemonte form, that I tend to turn a blind eye to the Langhe’s far more affordable wines such as Dolcetto and Barbera (the wines of the…

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​The glacier wines of the mountain people (Inside information)

Jun 20, 2017 09:00 am | Tamlyn Currin

The folds of the Val d'Anniviers hunch deep into low mist and cold rain starts to fall. The village of Grimentz looks like a hand-coloured bookplate torn from an old copy of Heidi: time-weathered, dark, larch-wood chalets packed close against the slopes of the mountain as streams of melting snow rush between them and under pretty wooden…

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Massican - Italian-inspired Napa whites (Tasting articles)

Jun 19, 2017 09:00 am | Elaine Chukan Brown

In 2009 Dan Petroski launched the entirely white-wine-focused brand Massican, sourcing fruit from iconic Napa Valley vineyards. In 2012, fruit from Russian River Valley was added to ensure adequate quantities for the various cuvées. Although Massican relies on fruit from California’s North Coast, the inspiration for the brand rests in the fresh,…

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Greece is the word (Free for all)

Jun 17, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also our recent tasting notes on Greek white wines and Greek reds and Paxos - island eating. Andreas Diamantis of Paxos Wines surveyed the well-stocked shelves in his little shop in the tiny port of Lakka, with his father seated implacably at the till. ‘We Greeks now make pretty…

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Paxos - island eating (Nick on restaurants)

Jun 17, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

See also Greece is the word. Love rather than food was the primary reason we undertook the rather taxing journey to Paxos. An invitation to the final stage of the wedding of the son of one of my closest friends to a fellow lawyer received almost a year ago sent Jancis into a frenzy of planning which only partly bore fruit, sadly, thanks to British…

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