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 know you will have been reading about excessively hot, dry weather in southern Europe (we published Walter's report on the drought in Italy this week), but much of France, with the exception of the far south eastern corner, has been experiencing unseasonably cool, cloudy and sometimes stormy weather – presumably part of the same front as has been soaking southern England. The hot, dry early summer still means that the French wine harvest is likely to be relatively early, but I doubt any records will be broken.

Last week I deliberately suppressed any domestic news as I thought I had previously been rather self-indulgent, but I had a few complaints about this reticence. Suffice it to say that in this penultimate week in our recently renovated Languedoc house we have had the pleasure of many a visitor and that they have all had the decency to say the right things. My picture of a dog on a cycling holiday was taken on a local walk during a break in the clouds.

I have now turned back to my desk from the hammer and picture hooks and, after my usual four-week summer break, my first Financial Times article of the season will be published tomorrow.

But enough of me. This week has seen a tour de force from Julia all about Uruguay. I challenge anyone but a Uruguayan to complain about anything important she missed out in her two articles on the subject. And today she reports in almost as much detail on a particularly tantalising tasting, the annual showing of one of London's finest wine importer's treasures from all over the world. There are many gems in this collection of 90 wines from Fields, Morris & Verdin that you should be able to find, wherever you live in the world.

Richard contributed the contents of his monthly spittoon with a thought-provoking article on a rarely discussed aspect of wine, the effects of its defining ingredient, alcohol. He also reported on the latest releases from one of the most famous producers in the Loire and co-ordinated the mass of information in our recent revision of London for wine lovers with its recommended wine retailers, wine bars and wine-minded restaurants aplenty.  

Last Saturday Nick imparted some useful tips on investing in restaurants via his profile of a particularly successful entrepreneur.

I wrote about an extensive south-to-north tasting of Nuits-St-Georges, a tasting of Rivesaltes and its neighbours back to 1930 – yes, 1930 – and commend today's exceptional California wine of the week to you. 

Yours looking hopefully if pedantically for the sun (NB correct usage of the first adverb),


FMV – too many wines, not enough time (Tasting articles)

Aug 11, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

FMV is the amalgamation of Fields wine merchants of Sloane Avenue in London and Morris and Verdin, originally established by Jasper Morris MW and Tony Verdin. It is part of Berry Bros and Rudd and supplies UK restaurants and independent retailers with wines from 14 different countries. The agony of this portfolio tasting in mid June in London was…

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​Ramey, Rodgers Creek Syrah 2013 Sonoma Coast (Wines of the week)

Aug 11, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From $60.99, 65 Swiss francs, £64.99, €75 Find this wine I am a horribly stingy scorer. For a young, non-classic wine to get 18 points out of 20 from me is embarrassingly rare. So today’s wine really is exceptional in my view. It’s not cheap but it is stunning. Fans of northern Rhône wines will recognise the class, gloss, excitement and majestic…

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L'Archiviste VDNs in 2017 (Tasting articles)

Aug 10, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

In June I had another chance to taste the latest vintage-dated vins doux naturels from the collection of L’Archiviste, Philippe Gayral. You can find earlier tasting articles devoted to these unique wines (useful for gifts) in 2014 and 2013. These are wines based on the traditional grape variety of Roussillon, Grenache, in which the fermentation is…

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​How is Italy’s 2017 vintage shaping up? (Free for all)

Aug 10, 2017 07:00 am | Walter Speller

10 August 2017 Today's Throwback Thursday article was published for Purple Pages members only yesterday but we're making it free today because it's so topical. 9 August 2017 As I write this, Italy and much of southern Europe is in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 43 ºC (109 ºF). Heat is nothing unusual for large parts of…

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Uruguay 2017 – the wines (Tasting articles)

Aug 09, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

See Uruguay 10 years on, published yesterday, for my introduction to this trip. Three days was predictably too short a time to visit 25 producers in the south of the country and taste their wines, so in some of the tastings producers from a particular region graciously grouped together to allow me to see more without having to race between 25…

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Is alcohol in wine taboo? (Hemming's Spittoon)

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

The legs of the chair next to me are made of red polypropylene and have the form of triangular prisms. I do not, incidentally, find their triangularity to be miraculous – but never mind me, what did Aldous Huxley have to say on the subject? The legs, for example, of that chair – how miraculous their tubularity, how supernatural their polished…

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Huet's 2016 Vouvrays (Tasting articles)

Aug 08, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

The 2016 vintage in the Loire was both blessed and cursed. Blessed by superb quality fruit, but cursed by frost that devastated yields. In the case of Domaine Huet, one of Vouvray's star players albeit with a complex recent history, 50% of their crop was lost. Bearing in mind exchange-rate changes, it should not be surprising that these wines now…

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Uruguay 10 years on (Inside information)

Aug 08, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

Tomorrow I will publish tasting notes and information on 25 significant Uruguayan producers. Some things don’t change: Uruguayans are just as friendly, relaxed and hard-working as they were when I first visited Uruguay’s wine producers a decade ago (see A speed date with Uruguay and Some promising wines from Uruguay). There’s a gentleness and…

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London for wine lovers 2017 (Free for all)

Aug 07, 2017 09:00 am | Team JR

Here is a completely revised and updated guide to London for wine lovers. The city continues to offer a huge range of wine-related diversions, and this guide represents many decades of accumulated insider knowledge from Jancis and the team, as well as the latest developments and newest openings. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for…

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Nuits-St-Georges at La Cabotte (Tasting articles)

Aug 07, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

If you are a lover of burgundy and have been following our recent accounts of our Purple Paulée and a memorable tasting of the wines of Domaine Georges Noëllat, you will know that Jason Haynes of Flint and Stannary St Wine Co is doing his utmost to promote the wines of burgundy in London. More than just organising an annual tasting of the latest…

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How to invest in restaurants (Nick on restaurants)

Aug 05, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Paul Campbell, 53, greeted me as warmly as any of the restaurateurs he has worked with. He guided me to a corner table, allowed the waitress to take our coffee order and then asked her to return with the breakfast menu. Campbell was dressed quite casually. A white shirt, the top two…

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