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

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Dear wine lover

You doubtless want to know about wine, but I'm afraid my head this week has been dominated by picture hooks. Nick and I have been feathering the Languedoc nest that was rejuvenated over the winter. So far we have hung 110 pictures and have yet to hang the many collages based on family holidays. Here is our wedding present from Hugh Johnson, given its first-ever spring clean, I am ashamed to admit. 

In between hammerings and scrubbings we have been enjoying many a Languedoc wine, of all three colours. Gosh, these are good. I'm not talking about the cheap international varietal bottlings you find in supermarkets, but about individually crafted blends of local grape varieties that could only come from the Languedoc. I am busy making a collection of tasting notes and recommendations to share with you once I'm back in London at the end of August. has been all over the place this week: Canada, Turkey, Germany, BordeauxIsrael and, with Julia's recommended wine today, Rueda in Spain

Nor has there been any shortage of opinion, on tastevins (enthusiasm), the new alliance between Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Michelin (some puzzlement) and generational changes in the restaurant scene (approval).

We reminded you of the forthcoming Australian Women in Wine Awards (closing date 1 August) and I reported on one of the most indulgent lunches in a long time, in which top-quality burgundy played a major but not exclusive part.

All good.


​Ossian, Quintaluna 2015 Castilla y Léon (Wines of the week)

Jul 21, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

From €7.40, £51.60 per case of 6, $9.99, £10.95, 1,919 yen, 1,714 roubles Find this wine Made from 100% Verdejo grapes, this fresh, zesty, lemon- and grapefruit-scented white wine is a delicious and great-value introduction to the Verdejo-obsessed wines of Ossian, a company founded in Segovia in Castilla y Léon in 2005 by Javier Zaccagnini and…

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An advance party from the Judean Hills (Tasting articles)

Jul 21, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW & Jancis Robinson

Julia writes The Judean Hills Quartet came to London at the end of March carrying not stringed instruments but bottles and smart brochures. This misty image was on the cover. Four of the producers whose wines are described below – Castel, Flam, Sphera and Tzora (their protagonists are pictured below, left to right Eran Pick MW, winemaker at Tzora;…

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The Wine Dinner Advocate (Free for all)

Jul 20, 2017 09:00 am | Alder Yarrow

20 July 2017 As the new team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate solicit winery, wine retailer and restaurant partners for their RP Benefits app, we're republishing Alder's latest article free. 17 July 2017 On 5 July, the tyre company (and restaurant guide publisher) Michelin announced their ownership of a 40% stake in wine critic Robert M Parker, Jr’s…

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Left-bank improvements from a big French bank (Tasting articles)

Jul 20, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

The local bank Crédit Agricole is ubiquitous throughout France, indeed is our very own bank here in the Languedoc. Every village of any size has a branch, it seems, and presumably it plays a major role in financing the entire French wine industry. What is less well known is that the Groupe Crédit Agricole has a subsidiary that owns and runs several…

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Germans in London – vintage 2016 (Tasting articles)

Jul 19, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW & Jancis Robinson

Julia writes  As Michael noted in Germany 2016 – disaster averted, ‘The 2016 vintage in Germany was an emotional roller-coaster ride for growers, but most of them emerged from it smelling of roses.’ Rheinhessen’s Klaus Peter Keller described the first six months of the 2016 growing season in his region as ‘an emotional hell ride’, with heavy rain…

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The return of the tastevin (Free for all)

Jul 19, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Pierazzo da Feltre, one of the honourably mentioned finalists in our wine writing competition, urges us to take up the tastevin again. We all are very fond of and fatally attracted towards the tools of our passion. I paid a little fortune on eBay for a 1980s bone corkscrew in a lovely British green velvet box signed by Hugh Johnson. I wouldn’t dare…

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Turkey at the crossroads (Don't quote me)

Jul 18, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Just after the anniversary of the failed coup against Turkey's hard-line premier Erdogan, architect Umay Çeviker, who has written for us several times before, brings us up to date on the threats to the wine scene in Turkey. One of the few things those of us living in Turkey seem to agree on these days is the colour of our cars. More than 90% are…

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Candid Canada (Tasting articles)

Jul 18, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

Canada seems to have a lot going for it at the moment, and this selection of wines mostly provides yet more proof of her prowess. When choosing what to taste at a recent showing in Canada House, London, I decided to concentrate on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc (plus a few Cab Franc-based blends), Chardonnay, plus a smattering of other varieties,…

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

Jul 18, 2017 06:00 am | Jancis Robinson

18 July 2017 There are just two weeks left to enter yourself or nominate someone you know for these seriously worthwhile awards. I will be presenting the award we have sponsored at the awards ceremony at Australia House in London on the morning of 26 September. In the evening there will be a major public tasting event. Watch out for our competition…

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Jasper's retirement lunch (Tasting articles)

Jul 17, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

I’ve known Jasper Morris MW since before he had those letters after his name. Both Oxford graduates, him three or four years after me, we were Master of Wine students together in the mid 1980s. With his shock of red hair, exceptional confidence, loud voice and notable height, he was unignorable. He was always the one in class who’d tell us all that…

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Restaurants - what's changed in 35 years (Nick on restaurants)

Jul 15, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

This all began with a visit to my acupuncturist, who has, over the years, become a good friend as well as a great help. He lives in a wonderful house in the Lake District, about which I ask him during every appointment. His response is always the same – ‘fantastic’ -– but this time he continued in a different vein. ‘And when I was out walking the…

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