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

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Dear wine lover

Over the last week Nick and I flew from Chile to southern California and then travelled south with Baja California old-timer Wyatt Peabody to take a look at Mexico’s most important wine region in the far north west of the country. He couldn’t believe how rapidly the area has acquired new wineries, restaurants and places to stay – mainly funded from booming Mexico City. It was fascinating and I will be reporting on it all in about three weeks’ time. This poster was one of many compelling sights from our car as we waited 90 minutes nose to tail to get through the border into the US from Tijuana. (Yesterday saw a Day Without Immigrants protest in much of the US, with businesses dependent on immigrant labour closing for 24 hours.)

On we have continued to publish a ridiculous number of articles, including a long-overdue spurt on entries in our wine writing competition, one each day this week. Please note that we intend to let you have a say on your favourites.

Julia filed a particularly detailed survey of a serious look at 2013 bordeaux now that it has settled into bottle. Has it improved? Alas no.

Meanwhile, Gavin Quinney points out today, with some fascinating figures, just how big the 2016 bordeaux crop was.

Ferran reported on an exciting new development in Rioja, adding a few more Spanish wine discoveries. Michael treated us to the second of his three tasting articles based on the appetising wines of Franken that I for one would like to see more of in my cellar.

Alder's column this month was a canter round California vintners' response to the new regime in the White House. In unrelated news, Nick described some great places to eat in and around Auckland, New Zealand.

I filled in the detail of that blind tasting of five Krug Grande Cuvées, and provided tasting notes on some real bargains from the Loire. My wine of the week today is one of my favourite wine styles, a top Bourgeuil - difficult to say and spell but lovely to drink.

Best wishes from California,


WWC 27 - Jean-Louis Eveque (Free for all)

Feb 17, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Number 27 in our series of contributions to our wine writing contributions comes from Jean-Louis Eveque. His bio is as follows: Born in Nice in a French-Italian Piemontese family, part wannabe bourgeoisie, part hard-as-nails mountain peasants. Raised in Marseilles, studied business and lived in La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. Became a member of a…

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​Bordeaux 2016 - the largest harvest since 2006 (Free for all)

Feb 17, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Gavin Quinney of Ch Bauduc in the Entre-Deux-Mers follows up his earlier article on last year's harvest, Bordeaux 2016 - quality and quantity, with this more detailed report on the very high yields the region enjoyed in 2016. 2016 was the biggest Bordeaux harvest in over a decade, according to official figures. The production of 577.2 million…

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Jacky Blot, Le Haut de la Butte 2014/15 Bourgeuil (Wines of the week)

Feb 17, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From £10 in bond, €17, HK$208 Find the 2015 Find the 2014 Loire Cabernet Franc-based reds - when they’re good, they’re so very, very good. And, as I pointed out in Can you afford to ignore the Loire? yesterday, and will emphasise the point in my FT article tomorrow, the Loire Valley is currently basking in the glory of three excellent vintages in a…

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Can you afford to ignore the Loire? (Tasting articles)

Feb 16, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

I am ashamed of how relatively sparse our coverage of Loire wines is, particularly since they offer such great value, and their attributes - freshness and a sense of place in particular - are currently so popular. I keep meaning to revisit the annual wine fair in Angers that has always been such a useful showcase for the wines of the region, but…

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WWC 26 - Thibaut Scholasch (Free for all)

Feb 16, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

The 26th published contributor to our wine writing competition has an impressive scientific background, as explained below. Thibaut earned a masters degree in Viticulture and Enology in 1997 and a masters degree in Winemaking in 1998 from SUPAGRO, one of the top agronomy schools in France. Thibaut holds a PhD in viticulture from the French National…

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Rioja'n'Roll and other Spanish finds (Tasting articles)

Feb 15, 2017 09:00 am | Ferran Centelles

Rioja'n'Roll is the name of an unofficial association of eight restless winemakers in Rioja. They share the same purpose: introducing the B-side of present-day Rioja. The team includes five descendants of Spanish vine growers: Sandra Bravo (Sierra de Toloño), Eva Valgañón (Alegre y Valgañón), Bárbara Palacios (Barbarot), Roberto Oliván…

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Wine v Trump (Alder on America)

Feb 15, 2017 09:00 am | Alder Yarrow

This past Saturday, 11 February, an estimated four thousand people gathered on Ocean Beach in San Francisco to offer a message to the world, spelled out by a crowd on the sand. The 50-metre-high letters they created formed the word ‘resist’ followed by two exclamation marks (photo below by Stefan Ruenzel). This gathering was not unusual for San…

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WWC 25 - Martin Day (Free for all)

Feb 15, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Martin Day, our 25th writing-competition entrant, began his journey into wine in 1996 when, as a 22 year old, he took an assistant manager’s position at a wine bar in Southend-on-Sea. He immediately became enamoured with the world of wine and started to work his way through the WSET exams. Following a stint working with Swig, he took a position…

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Bordeaux 2013 at Southwold-on-Thames (Tasting articles)

Feb 14, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

The annual Southwold blind tasting of Bordeaux wines harvested four autumns earlier decamped this year to the spacious and well-appointed Thames-side offices (right) of Farr Vintners because our normal venue at the pretty seaside town of Southwold was being renovated. As a result, we had even better tasting conditions than usual but no chance to…

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WWC 24 - Paula Sidore (Free for all)

Feb 14, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Announcement  We are continuing to publish the best entries into our wine writing competition, which overwhelmed us with both the number and the quality of submissions. We intend to publish more entries, including this one, and then to invite readers to vote on their favourites from the longlist of published articles. This vote will run between…

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WWC 23 - James Dowdeswell (Free for all)

Feb 13, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Our 23rd published entrant into last year's wine writing competition is James Dowdeswell, who says: I am an award winning stand-up comedian with a passion for wine. My solo stand-up show on wine has toured as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. I have appeared on several TV shows including Ricky Gervais’ Extras and Russell Howard’s Good News.…

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Franken trilogy 2 - Escherndorfer Lump (Tasting articles)

Feb 13, 2017 09:00 am | Michael Schmidt

See also part 1 of Michael's trilogy, 700 years of the Bürgerspital. There is no doubt that the Würzburger Stein is the most famous vineyard of the Franken region and possibly the only one of international renown. Very few wine lovers abroad will have heard of the Escherndorfer Lump (pictured right courtesy of the VDP Franken), although a tax…

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Eating out around Auckland (Nick on restaurants)

Feb 11, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

The massive changes that have taken place in New Zealand since my last visit here in 1988 were obvious from the moment I walked out of Immigration at Auckland airport. Like so many other countries, New Zealand has got, and even perpetuated many miles from home (as witness the success of the Kiwi-owned Caravan and Allpress in the UK), the coffee…

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Drowning in Krug (Free for all)

Feb 11, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also Krug Grandes Cuvées compared blind. A common complaint by champagne lovers, including this one, is that, unless a champagne carries a vintage year (which only a tiny minority of champagnes do), it is impossible to tell what’s in the bottle – even though the producers make a new…

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