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

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Dear wine lover

As advertised last week, we finally have a winner of our long-running wine writing competition, Hrishi (Rish) Poola of Berlin. We are full of admiration for all five of our finalists and were thrilled that all them turned up at last Sunday's Sherry Night, but decided that of the five, Rish's talent for writing was the most outstanding. I look forward to discussing some possible future topics with him. (Richard took this picture of him just after he was presented with his copy of Wine Grapes by Alex Hunt MW, whose retirement as a columnist precipitated the competition.)

Sherry Night seemed just as popular as our previous Barolo Nights and Brunello Nights, I'm delighted to say, and I sincerely hope that we can do a bit to encourage more wine lovers to take sherry seriously, just as I hope we have played a little part in making top-quality Italian wine better appreciated in the UK. 

Our coverage of the latest exciting vintage in Bordeaux ended this week with my two tasting reports on 2016 white bordeaux and my pick of what is likely to be some outstanding value in 2016 left-bank reds. Prices are starting to trickle out and so far seem to be about on a par with 2015 prices, in euros anyway.

My other major tasting article this week was a look at more than 60 of the vintage champagnes currently on the market. Yes, poor me.

Julia treated us to a detailed tasting report on her recent time in Mendoza, her first visit in 11 years so there was much to say. She will be following this up with a summation of the trends she spotted. Today she shares her tasting notes on all the en rama sherries she tasted recently in Jerez.

We published Simon Reilly's overview of how ways of selling wine in the UK have so radically changed over the last few years, and I described a UK-wide scheme to recycle corks. We'd welcome news of other similar schemes elsewhere.

Frost has been a real problem in many vineyards this spring. Michael outlined damage in Germany but European vineyards are not out of the woods into balmy nights yet.

Nick described a Cretan feast and my wine of the week today is a biodynamic Australian

Yours looking forward to the world's first conference on Zinfandel/Tribidrag in Croatia today,


Latest en rama sherries (Tasting articles)

Apr 28, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

Our first-ever Sherry Night last Sunday featured 38 wines, including some with the words ‘en rama’ on the label and some that their producers would describe as 'en rama' even though they did not say so on the label. The term is not legally defined, despite the Consejo’s best efforts to persuade producers that it would be a good idea to do so. The…

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​William Downie, Biodynamic Petit Verdot 2015 Riverland (Wines of the week)

Apr 28, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From AU$20, NZ$32, £17.50, 215 Swedish krone, 209.90 Norwegian krone, 3,240 yen  Find this wine This delicious wine is remarkable in myriad respects. I must say that whenever I taste a 100% Petit Verdot in Bordeaux I absolutely understand why it is viewed as quintessential blending material there. It seems to lack flesh and sometimes is a…

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Current vintage champagnes (Tasting articles)

Apr 27, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

The annual generic champagne tasting in London has been resumed and I was thrilled. For a long time it took place in the historic Banqueting House in London with its Rubens ceiling, but last month’s iteration was moved north to the foyer of the University of the Arts London at King’s Cross, virtually within sight of our new flat, so I was extremely…

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Freed from buying by the dozen (Free for all)

Apr 27, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

27 April For this week’s Throwback Thursday we are republishing, free for all, Simon Reilly’s gleeful confessions of a wine shopper. 26 April Simon Reilly, whose blog is, has been writing for for well over a year now. Here he enthuses over the recent wine revolution in the UK. The way I buy wine has changed. I…

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Mendoza - increasingly diverse and refined (Tasting articles)

Apr 26, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

My week in Argentina last month, my first visit there in 11 years, was split between the regions of Salta and Mendoza. Here I report on the producers I visited in Mendoza, where I found much greater diversity than I was expecting and much greater emphasis on what was referred to as 'fruit diversity' rather than 'winemaking diversity'. In other…

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Bordeaux 2016 – dry whites (Tasting articles)

Apr 25, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

See this guide to our coverage of 2016 Bordeaux. This - boo hoo - is the last tasting article of my report, bringing the total number of wines reviewed to well over 600, but I am continuing to add tasting notes as samples trickle in to my office in London. You can always check on the latest additions by narrowing your choice to Bordeaux 2016 and…

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Corks - get recycling! (Free for all)

Apr 25, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Wine production, and consumption, uses a heck of a lot of resources and I’m particularly keen to recycle as energetically as possible. (No comments at the back about recycling opinions and editorial contributions, thank you.) Of course we dutifully put all our empty bottles in the recycle bin (even if we just have to hope that the local authority…

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Bordeaux 2016 – sweet whites (Tasting articles)

Apr 24, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

See this guide to our coverage of 2016 Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage won't go down in history as a legend in the pantheon of sweet white bordeaux years, although winemaking proficiency continues to increase. This, incidentally, was the first year that chaptalisation was outlawed for all Sauternes and Barsac. The wines are in the fresh, zesty mould…

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And the WWC winner is.... (Free for all)

Apr 24, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

This morning the atmosphere in King’s Cross, the vibrant new development north of St Pancras Eurostar station, is heady with the aromas of sherry in the wake of our first Sherry Night at Caravan. The team at this extremely popular restaurant and coffee roastery did us proud last night with a series of suitable tapas to mop up the splendid…

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Frost damage in German vineyards (Inside information)

Apr 24, 2017 09:00 am | Michael Schmidt

Early budding followed by very cold nights - set to continue this week - has left many European vines susceptible to dangerous spring frost damage. Vineyards in northern continental Europe, including Champagne, have certainly been affected, as has the Languedoc. Producer of last week's wines of the week, James Kinglake of Begude, reports he has…

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A Cretan dinner at The Greek Larder (Nick on restaurants)

Apr 22, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

It was perhaps the strangest thing my wife could have said. Over breakfast the morning after a dinner at The Greek Larder at King’s Cross, in conjunction with the Lyrarakis winery from Crete represented by Bart Lyrarakis and the winery’s oenologist Miriam Ambouzer, Jancis turned to me and said, ‘It’s a shame Katie wasn’t with us last night because…

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Left bank 2016s lighten up (Free for all)

Apr 22, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See this guide to our coverage of Bordeaux 2016, including tasting notes on about 500 wines. Dominique Arangoits, technical director at St-Estèphe second growth Cos d’Estournel, looked rather shell-shocked when showing his particularly fresh 2016s earlier this month. ‘In less…

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