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

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Dear wine lover

After the success and popularity of our four Barolo Nights in London, one in New York (and another sellout there to come in early October), we decided it was high time we showed off the quality of Barolo's neighbour Barbaresco. Members of our Purple Pages have been able to take advantage of our earlybird offer and next week tickets go on sale to everyone. 

Last Saturday Nick and I were at the FT Weekend Festival at Kenwood House in London in perfect weather. Here glasses are being filled for my presentation of six unusual(ish) grape varieties supplied by Jeroboams, including a Nascetta. Very outré.

On the site we were happy to kick off the week with news of 14 new Masters of Wine. Very many congratulations to them all on what is a very serious achievement. (Serious being the operative word when you look at the topics they addressed in their research papers.)

As well as rustling up the wines for our Barbaresco Night in London on 15 October, Walter has been busy reporting, in two long articles, on the exciting wines of Sicily including nearly 160 tasting notes. Compare and contrast with my 2002 article on the island rescued from the archives and republished yesterday.

Michael and I filed our first report on the recent pre-release Grosses Gewächs tasting in Wiesbaden. German reds were the topic this week; myriad tasting notes on Rieslings and other whites (mainly 2016s) will follow.

Richard was lucky enough to taste the latest vintage of Salon while I compared a few southern hemisphere Pinots. Today Julia considers the range of one of Scotland's most fastidious and successful wine importers, Raeburn.

We shared news of a brand new wine region in Chile, Nick reviewed a particularly wine-friendly Italian restaurant in London and I enthused about the value to be had in the Languedoc and Roussillon, turning the spotlight on the some exciting new producers.

Today's wine of the week is a Patagonian Pomerol. 

Wine never ceases to be intriguing.


A taste of Raeburn (Tasting articles)

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

Zubair Mohamed started selling wine at the back of his father's florist shop in Edinburgh in 1984. According to the World of Fine Wine's Neil Beckett, a long-standing friend of Zubair, in the beginning you would never have known from the outside that there was wine for sale. Now a successful shipper and wholesaler, still with that original shop,…

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​Riccitelli, Patagonian Old Vines Merlot 2015 Rio Negro (Wines of the week)

Sep 08, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From £32.99, 58 Swiss francs  Find this wine This is a wine I would love to serve blind in Bordeaux. It reminds me so much of a wild but serious young Pomerol made for the long term, with a layer of extra intensity thanks to the vines’ exposure to the intense Patagonian sunlight in southern Argentina. It’s made by Matias Riccitelli, one of the…

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Sicily moves towards greater stylistic clarity (Tasting articles)

Sep 07, 2017 09:00 am | Walter Speller

For a quick look back in time, see Jancis's report on Sicily, Italy's new California, written 15 years ago. The presentation of the new vintages at Assovini’s annual en primeur event in Catania, Sicily, in May, showed many a sign that its producers are searching for more original wines. The various Nero d’Avolas demonstrated that the grape is…

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Announcing our first Barbaresco Night (Inside information)

Sep 06, 2017 09:00 am | Team JR

We are delighted to announce that our first ever Barbaresco Night will take place on Sunday 15 October 2017. Following four Barolo Nights and two Brunello Nights, we thought it was time to honour Italy's other great B-wine, Barbaresco, Barolo's neighbour in Piemonte. As usual, Walter has selected the wines based on the best of those that he tasted…

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The 2017 GG tasting - reds (Tasting articles)

Sep 06, 2017 06:00 am | Jancis Robinson & Michael Schmidt

For our coverage of the exceptional 2015 vintage in Germany, see this guide. Jancis writes Towards the end of August, Michael and I found ourselves in the airy Kurhaus of leafy Wiesbaden enjoying a preview of the latest set of Grosse Gewächse to be released by Germany's elite VDP producers on 1 September. As usual, the organisation was superb. Over…

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​DOC Sicilia starts to show its limitations (Don't quote me)

Sep 05, 2017 09:00 am | Walter Speller

Look out for Walter's plethora of tasting notes on current releases from Sicily and this week's Throwback Thursday, on Planeta and the state of winemaking in Sicily, 15 years ago! A mere six years after its inception the DOC Sicilia, spanning the whole of the island, and replacing what had previously been the lower level IGT Sicilia, is…

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Newly released Salon 2006 and friends (Tasting articles)

Sep 05, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

As one of the most prestigious and rarest cuvées in Champagne, Salon always steals the headlines when it is released, but the first thing I want to mention is the exceptionally good quality of its sister house, Delamotte. Their Blanc de Blancs 2007 is around one eighth of the price of its trendier sibling, but the difference in quality is minimal –…

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New Masters of Wine announced (Free for all)

Sep 04, 2017 10:44 am | Richard Hemming MW

Today, 14 new Masters of Wine have been announced, joining the four who passed earlier this year. Of the 18 in total, seven are women and they are resident in six different countries. The Institute looks increasingly diverse and widespread, and there are now 369 MWs around the globe. As someone who experienced it first hand in 2015, I can tell…

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A bunch of southern hemisphere Pinots (Tasting articles)

Sep 04, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

As Nick wrote recently in An unpacker's lament, we got back to London from the Languedoc to find quite a lot of unsolicited samples awaiting (no sympathy expected).As it happens, nine of them fell into one category, this one. So, while I have added notes on the other ones as Standalones (to find them, go here, tick the Standalone box and set the…

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​Introducing Ñuble – Chile’s newest wine region (Inside information)

Sep 04, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Chilean agronomist Max Morales reports on this new and interesting – possibly complicated and challenging – development. After many years of political and economic efforts, Chile has a new wine region called Ñuble, previously part of the Bío-Bío region, with three subregions: Valle del Itata, Punilla and Diguillín. The Bío-Bío region loses the…

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Turi – too much of a good thing? (Nick on restaurants)

Sep 02, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. The reopening of Enoteca Turi, the long-established Italian restaurant that for over 25 years had its home in Putney, south east London, in its new, more central home in Pimlico, where it has taken the place of the former Tinello restaurant, is to be welcomed on many fronts. First of…

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For French value, head south (Free for all)

Sep 02, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See tasting notes on more than 100 wines in Languedoc and Roussillon tasted summer 2017, and Mature Minervois which shows how well these wines age. In 1989 when the French franc (remember that?) was cheap and the first, pre-Ryanair, wave of British romantics sought a little…

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