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

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Dear wine lover

When you read this, if all goes according to plan, Nick and I will just have arrived in New Zealand for Pinot Noir NZ in Wellington, modestly described as 'the best Pinot Noir event on the planet'. We will be at the beginning of a three-week trip that also takes in southern Chile, northern Mexico, and the Bay Area for the event at Davis described here. (It is rather a wrench leaving our brand-new flat in London that has been affording us views such as this one but our children have selflessly volunteered to keep it warm for us.)

At we have been neatening up our 15 tasting articles on 2015 burgundies and hope very much that Purple Pagers have found our 2,000+ tasting notes useful. 

By coincidence, we published Julia's set of tasting notes on 70 new releases from New Zealand this week. We also shared Elaine's detailed assessment of what happened when French businessman François Pinault took over one of the most admired vineyards in the Napa Valley, Eisele. 

From ye olde worlde, we were delighted to publish Bill Blatch's unparalleled report on the Bordeaux 2016 vintage, very much a game of two halves. I wrote about a clutch of German Sauvignon Blancs, also the topic of today's wine of the week. I also reported on some great-value wines from UK independent merchant Private Cellar as well as providing some guidance on tasting really old wines

We continued publishing entries in our wine writing competition and I reported on a visit to the vineyard in Windsor Great Park.

We opened the booking for both our Brunello Night on 5 March and our Sherry Night on 23 April to members of Purple Pages (bookings will open out to everyone on 7 February) and Nick reported on a particularly interesting new Indian restaurant in London.

We hope to meet many fellow food and wine enthusiasts on our travels,


2015 Pfalz Sauvignon Blancs (Wines of the week)

Jan 27, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From £6.98, €7.85, 19.50 Swiss francs Find the Bauer Sauvignon Find the Kalkstein Sauvignon Find the Wageck Sauvignon Yesterday, in Sauvignon Blancs from … Germany, I wrote about this rather unusual combination of varietal (yes, varietal this time rather than variety) and provenance. As I said, I recently had a chance to taste six examples - three…

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​Not so Private Cellar (Tasting articles)

Jan 27, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

The club of the most traditional, well-established wine merchants in the UK – typically with a royal warrant and/or a member of The Bunch – is a remarkably small, cosy one. As I pointed out recently in A bunch of indies, they are increasingly being challenged by a host of smaller, younger, leaner, more innovative independent wine merchants who…

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Sauvignon Blanc from ... Germany (Tasting articles)

Jan 26, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

I don't know about you but Sauvignon Blanc is not a grape variety I readily associate with Germany. It's not, after all, as though Germany is short of other grape varieties that offer direct fruit, marked acidity and a powerful aroma.  A certain R**sling, the country's most-planted grape, springs to mind, after all. And then when I mentioned to our…

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Bordeaux 2016 - the Blatch report (Free for all)

Jan 26, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

26 January 2017 For today’s Throwback Thursday we are republishing free Bill Blatch’s masterful and detailed summary of Bordeaux’s most recent vintage.  23 January 2017 One of Bordeaux’s most seasoned observers, Bill Blatch, sends this preliminary report on the most recent harvest in Bordeaux, whose wines I plan to go and taste, as babies, at the…

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New Zealand's new releases (Tasting articles)

Jan 25, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

If you are wondering why this collection of newly released New Zealand wines, tasted in London at the end of last year, includes not one Pinot Noir, there is a simple explanation. Today Jancis heads off to Wellington for Pinot Noir NZ 2017 and to visit producers on the pencil in the ocean, promising to return with a full report on Kiwi Pinot. In…

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WWC 19 - Jacky Blisson (Free for all)

Jan 25, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Jacky Blisson, the nineteenth entrant to our wine writing competition, here offers one piece imagining what her wine-merchant grandfather might think of the modern wine world, and another challenging the natural wine world on its appropriation of purity (subject matter tackled recently by another entrant in our competition Caroline Gilby MW). Jacky…

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Brunello 2 and Sherry Nights - on sale now! (Inside information)

Jan 25, 2017 09:00 am | Team JR

We are delighted to offer Purple Pagers a chance to secure earlybird tickets to two great tasting events in London this spring. This year we are reviving Brunello Night now that Walter has scooped the pool by already tasting the 2012 vintage, which has been given the Consorzio's top, five-star rating. (We will be publishing his…

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Burgundy 2015 coverage - a progress report (Free for all)

Jan 24, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

We now have about 2,200 tasting notes on the 2015 burgundies in our tasting notes database and you can follow the progress of how we covered this exciting vintage via this guide. British readers may like to consult our guide to which UK merchants are making offers of this vintage. (My picture shows the tasting held earlier this month in London's…

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Eisele Vineyard - Pinault's California outpost (Inside information)

Jan 24, 2017 09:00 am | Elaine Chukan Brown

This autumn I was able to spend time with Antoine Donnedieu de Vabres, general manager of the Eisele Vineyard, previously known as the Araujo Estate, in Napa Valley. Together we walked the site, and discussed what changes the Artemis Domaines team has made since taking ownership of the property from the Araujo family in 2013. We were also able to…

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The vines of Windsor Great Park (Free for all)

Jan 23, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

This article has been syndicated. It was the most glorious late summer day in England. A bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Peaceful rolling parkland punctuated by ancient oaks. A village green with a post office in a little old-fashioned brick cottage. In its carefully tended garden locals were sitting at wooden tables sipping their morning…

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Tasting very old wine (Free for all)

Jan 21, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See tasting notes on more than 50 particularly venerable wines in Wallowing in 1928s, and other relics. Just as there is a world of difference between a five-year-old wine and 50-year-old one, tasting old wines is a completely different exercise from tasting young wines. This…

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Kricket, Soho - opening up the Indian kitchen (Nick on restaurants)

Jan 21, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

A clue lies in the names of the following restaurants. Firstly, there was Dishoom, then Gymkhana, then Gunpowder, then Hoppers and, most recently, there is Kricket that has just opened in Soho. The names link England with the Indian subcontinent in a way that is both evocative and relevant. Gymkhana in Mayfair is the most sophisticated and sounds a…

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