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 don't expect sympathy but have to report that I am still waking up at 3 am every morning - the price to pay for a great trip to New Zealand, Chile, Mexico and California.

This week's plea for reform in southern Chile, Nick's continued enthusiasm for eating out in Sydney, and my long report on Martinborough and Kumeu River in New Zealand are three of many results, several of them still to come. My picture is of a pair of Rieslings made by Hiro Kusuda that I tasted in Martinborough: a 2015 TBA from local grapes and a 1998 Auslese trocken from Lorch in the Rheingau, made when he was a wine student in Germany.

We published lots for you to chew on this week, including an extremely detailed report on Jura wines from Julia and a lovely survey of Sardinia's number one red wine by Tam (it seems that for once other members of the team have got to an Italian wine region before our Italian specialist Walter - who will be in London this weekend for our sellout Brunello Night).

I also sadistically contributed the tasting notes from a vertical of Coche-Dury Rougeots, wines that are practically impossible to find. Sorry. You may have better luck hunting down some of the wines in a little selection from Washington state tasted with some of their peers. And you certainly stand a reasonable chance of finding an example of today's wine of the week from... Margaux.

Meanwhile we continue to publish entries in our wine writing competition which seem to me quite frighteningly good. Do please read them and get ready to send us your favourites early next month.

Please wish me luck in the Land of Nod.


Washington v the rest (Tasting articles)

Mar 03, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Believe it or not, there is an organisation in Britain called the Circle of Wine Writers. I have belonged to it since 1976 when its chief activity was a monthly press ‘briefing’ at the top of New Zealand House in London on what was then called the Martini Terrace. (This was when people used to drink big brand vermouth by itself.) Shepherd’s pie…

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​Ségla 2005, 2007 and 2014 Margaux (Wines of the week)

Mar 03, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From €26.35, HK$362, AU$119.79, £200 a dozen in bond  Find the 2005 Find the 2007 Find the 2014 Last week I took part in a major blind tasting of nearly 200 significant 2005 bordeaux now that they have had 10 years in bottle. I will report on it in detail next week. One of the more surprising results was just how well Ségla, the…

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Mainly Martinborough, plus Kumeu River (Tasting articles)

Mar 02, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

After the Kiwi love-in that was the excellent Pinot Noir NZ celebration in Wellington (on which I will be reporting in more detail next week, with tasting notes on 185 NZ Pinots, including many enthusiastic ones about Martinborough wines) I spent a couple of days revisiting Martinborough, the wine region closest to the New Zealand capital and the…

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WWC 34 - Mark Chien (Free for all)

Mar 02, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Number 34 in our series of entries to our wine writing competition competition comes from Mark Chien. Age 59, male, currently program coordinator (2 years) for the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. Previously viticulture extension educator at The Pennsylvania State University (15 years), and wine grower on Long Island, NY…

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WWC 33 - Joss Fowler (Free for all)

Mar 01, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Joss Fowler has contributed to our site several times in the past, and here becomes the 33rd entrant we are publishing as part of the wine writing competition. SUBJECT TO PHOTOS It is commonplace in the fine wine market to request digital photographs of cases and bottles before a deal is made. Transactions are 'subject to inspection'…

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Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots vertical (Tasting articles)

Mar 01, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

At the vertical tasting of one of Coche’s most celebrated Meursaults at Tan Dinh, Robert Vifian’s famous Vietnamese restaurant in Paris, described below, I sat opposite someone rather special. Since 1977, via his friendship with the Rousseaus of Gevrey-Chambertin, Michel Bonnefond has owned half a hectare of Ruchottes Chambertin, the parcel…

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WWC 32 - Edan Barulfan (Free for all)

Feb 28, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Number 32 in our series of published entries to our wine writing competition comes from Edan Barulfan, whose bio reveals the following:  Male, aged 54, Canadian-born, residing in Israel. Israeli wine writer and journalist, wine judge and instructor. A lawyer by profession. Content Editor (Hebrew and English) and Member of editorial board at…

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Jura scratches the itch (Tasting articles)

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

When Jancis wrote Jura – the next small thing? in 2012, she referred to the region’s ‘increasingly fashionable vineyards’ and quoted Stéphane Tissot’s view that Jura wines were ‘riding the crest of a wave’, and there has certainly been a steady increase in exports in the last five years, currently comprising 11% of production. Purple Pager…

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Can Can Cannonau (Tasting articles)

Feb 27, 2017 09:00 am | Tamlyn Currin

It's dusty, windswept, almost African in its wide-flung spaces and scraggy escarpments. Isolated old farmhouses, propped up with corrugated iron, shelter rusting car chassis in the yards; wildly pink bougainvillea tumble over decrepit walls. Sheep dot arid, grazed-up, grey hillsides that finally give way to vines. A few rows here and there begin to…

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WWC 31 - Kathy Merchant (Free for all)

Feb 27, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

The 31st entrant into our wine writing competition hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and describes herself as follows:  I am a Level 4 Diploma graduate of the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as a Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators). I've written for Cincinnati’s Venue Magazine, including a feature article on…

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Sydney eating continued (Nick on restaurants)

Feb 25, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

All of the world’s great cities today share many of the same physical characteristics. Most notable is their proximity to water, essential for the shipping that was to make these cities great: London has the Thames, Paris the Seine and New York is conveniently sandwiched between the Atlantic and the Hudson. One of the bequests of the British Empire…

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Chile - the perils of monoculture (Free for all)

Feb 25, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See Mainly Itata for relevant tasting notes. ‘It’s a fight we are starting, and sometimes we feel like Braveheart', sighed Beaune-trained winemaker François Massoc pondering the issues thrown up by the recent forest fires in southern Chile. His Mercedes SUV notches up 100,000 km a year…

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