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

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Dear wine lover

We're thrilled that the fund we launched to help South Africa's most talented sommeliers, Zimbabweans all, go to the world wine-tasting championships in Burgundy in October has just about reached its target. Team captain Joseph Dhafana of La Colombe in Cape Town is shown here. Very many thanks to all who contributed, and it's not too late to add just a tiny bit more to the JustGiving donation page to ensure they are in top tasting form after the flight to France. (Our connection is that Tam Currin is Zimbabwean, and we published a long article about these young men's journey from Zim to top Cape tables last year. It's a great story that deserves a great film-maker.)

We also published news of this year's South African winery internship offer (women only, I'm afraid), and reminded you about our summer quiz. Five pairs of tickets to a big Australian tasting in London on 26 September are seeking winners.

There was a strong Australian accent to the site this week, with Max on what he reckons is an outstanding producer in Clare Valley and Richard on a Penfolds retrospective of Grange's little brother.

I reported on this year's very accomplished crop of 2015 ports, on Bordeaux's second wines and on a famous Tuscan producer's progress with Merlot as well as highlighting a thrilling high-elevation white from Spain. I also mused on the vexed question of bottle sizes and supplemented Julia's collection of tasting notes on German non 2016s tasted recently.

Nick's musings this week were on the social media sensation that was #Mincegate

Go figure, as they say.


​Mustiguillo, Mestizaje Blanco 2016 Vino de España (Wines of the week)

Aug 04, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From €8.59, £13.50, 172 Danish krone Find the Mestizaje 2016 Isn’t it amazing that this wine, made substantially from a grape variety of which more than 90% has been grubbed up over the past 25 years thanks to EU subsidies, is now available not just in its homeland Spain but also in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Denmark? And the 2015 (which…

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Trinoro embraces Merlot again (Tasting articles)

Aug 04, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Andrea Franchetti, owner of Tenuta di Trinoro in an isolated valley in southern Tuscany and Passopisciaro on Etna in Sicily, has made so many appearances on this website that he probably deserves his own article tag. I will create it as soon as I have finished writing this dreadfully late report on a tasting he organised at the luxurious wine…

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50 years of La Parde (Tasting articles)

Aug 03, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Bordeaux’s second wines are on the move – both in terms of price and, fortunately, quality – not least because of the increasing rivalry between châteaux and their owners’ insatiable desire to prove that their wines can fetch higher prices than their neighbours. The emergence of third and even fourth wines has enabled ever stricter selections, not…

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

Aug 03, 2017 07:40 am | Team JR

3 August 2017 We are absolutely delighted to be able to report that the fund we set up to enable a wine-tasting team from Tam's native land Zimbabwe to take part in the world wine-tasting championships organised by La Revue du Vin de France in Burgundy on 14 October has just about reached its target of £6,500. The JustGiving donation page registers…

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Recently tasted German wines (non 2016s) (Tasting articles)

Aug 02, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson & Julia Harding MW

The 36 wines described below, 20 of them 2015s, are wines Julia and I have tasted recently in London – mainly chez O W Loeb and at the recent VDP tasting at 67 Pall Mall. For the 2016s tasted alongside these, see Germans in London – vintage 2016. You will see that we have featured German wines for the last four Wednesdays, and you can follow our…

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Women's Cape winery internship applications sought (Free for all)

Aug 02, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Five years ago Kathy Jordan of Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch (pictured here) launched a two-fold wine mentoring programme aimed at women working in the wine industry, one for South Africans and the other for international candidates. This thoroughly worthwhile enterprise has now grown into the PIWOSA Women in Wine Initiative to include all the…

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German 2016s – a guide (Free for all)

Aug 02, 2017 09:00 am | Team JR

Below is a list of all the articles we have published so far on the excellent 2016 vintage in Germany, the most recent at the top. Jancis and Michael will be tasting the VDP's Grosse Gewächse (the plural of Grosses Gewächs) at the end of August in Wiesbaden, which is the very first official opportunity to taste these dry wines from top sites. The…

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Does bottle size matter? (Free for all)

Aug 01, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

This article has been syndicated. Does size matter? It’s a favourite belief of wine professionals that the larger the wine bottle, the slower but more magnificent the evolution of the wine inside it. For that reason, large-format bottles generally carry a premium. The theory is that in larger bottle sizes the ratio of liquid to oxygen, assumed to…

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Penfolds Bin 389 back to 1971 (Tasting articles)

Aug 01, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

See also Max Allen's profile yesterday of one of South Australia's most exciting small-scale producers, Adelina - a top tip from Max. I don't think I've ever seen Peter Gago blink. As chief winemaker for Penfolds since 2002, it must require superhuman effort not only to handle the responsibility of crafting some of Australia's most esteemed reds…

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​2015 ports seep out, subregional names to emerge too? (Tasting articles)

Jul 31, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson & Julia Harding MW

Jancis writes We haven’t had a serious vintage port declaration for a while (see The best 2011 reds anywhere) but in April and May of this year most of the important port shippers launched some baby 2015s on to the market, and extremely good most of those we have tasted are too, as you can see below. You can read about the special qualties of the…

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Adelina – a top tip from Max (Max on Oz)

Jul 31, 2017 09:00 am | Max Allen

See Richard's account of a vertical tasting of one of Australia's most admired conventional reds, Penfolds Bin 389 back to 1971. Oh, this is ridiculous. I’ve had these three red wines open for days. Each bottle is now more than half empty. But the wines are stubbornly refusing to show signs of oxidation or spoilage. In fact, if anything, they’re…

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Nick minces his words (Nick on restaurants)

Jul 29, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

The media furore caused a couple of weeks ago by what has come to be called #Mincegate, the much-discussed review of one particularly fine dish of minced Hereford beef on dripping toast that has been on the menu at The Quality Chop House in Farringdon Road, London EC1, since it was re-opened by our son, inter alia, almost five years ago, provided a…

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