A single-minded vigneron unlocking the potential of Ribera del Duero

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A single-minded vigneron unlocking the potential of Ribera del Duero

Jorge Monzón and Isabel Rodero, from Dominio del Águila, are shaking up the way Ribera del Duero wines are seen, where rich, ripe and bold is the norm, these are elegant, restrained and terroir expressive. Paz Levinson spoke to Jorge about his influences and where next for this exciting project.

Spotlight on Jura and Savoie

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Spotlight on Jura and Savoie

Burgundy’s hipper younger siblings, Jura and Savoie, are the source of a surprising number of diverse grapes and wines for their size. They’ve really caught the hearts and minds of the wine cognoscenti of late, Jamie Goode explains.

Tuning into Terroir

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Tuning into Terroir

Jamie Goode explores one of the most widely used – and perhaps abused – concepts in the world of wine.

Telmo Rodrìguez Remelluri. photo: Carlos Spottorno

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Rediscovering the vineyard wines of Rioja

On the surface Rioja seems steeped in tradition, but the arrival of a vine pandemic at the end of the 19th Century had a huge impact on Rioja and its wines. Jamie Goode spoke to Telmo Rodrìguez, a game-changer on the Spanish wine scene, who has been instrumental in rediscovering the links between quality and place in Rioja.

Agrippiotis to Zweigelt - Return of the Natives

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Agrippiotis to Zweigelt - Return of the Natives

Doug Wregg, one of the UK's leading Natural Wine experts, explores the wine world's fascination with rare grape varieties. And why one of your new year resolutions should be to explore the extensive, exciting and sometimes tongue twisting world of native grapes!

Mischief & Mayhem: A Passion for Place

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Mischief & Mayhem: A Passion for Place

Mischief & Mayhem is a relatively new project in the context of Burgundy. Jo Lory spoke to co-founder Michael Ragg to find out the story behind him and his wife Fiona Traill-Stevenson's leap from loving Burgundy, to living there and setting up a successful winery from scratch.

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Perfectly Imperfect

Do you secretly dread that little piece of ‘theatre’ at the start of a meal when the sommelier asks you to taste the wine? Jamie Goode author of Flawless. Understanding Faults in Wine runs through the most common wine faults and how to recognise them. But also makes the point that some so-called faults, can also be part of a wines character.

Blurring Borders

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Blurring Borders

Jamie Goode looks at neighbouring regions, and new fine wine hotspots, Burgenland in Austria and Sopron in Hungary. Once joined under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today they share common grapes, terroir, and sometimes winemakers.

The magic of old vines: myth or reality?

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The magic of old vines: myth or reality?

Just as it’s often assumed that wine gets better with age – it doesn’t always - the words vieilles vignes are seen as a stamp of quality.  Jamie Goode digs a little deeper.

Rethinking Jerez

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Rethinking Jerez

The mantra of place over process is finding a voice via quality-focused winemakers Willy Pérez and Ramiro Ibáñez. Alvaro Ribalta, who spent two weeks of harvest with them, discusses why a blank-canvas mentality is needed when approaching Jerez from a terroir perspective.

A toast to the diversity of Champagne

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A toast to the diversity of Champagne

Paz Levinson reflects on her discovery, whilst a trainee sommelier, of grower Champagne. Some of the changes that she has seen in this venerable region over the last 20 years, and why good things come from small (vineyard) parcels!

Winemaker Daphne Glorian in one of her biodynamically farmed vineyards in Priorat

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Five fall into adventure

How did Priorat, a remote mountainous region southwest of Barcelona where cooperatives were making dense wines in a style that had barely changed since the 12th century, become one of the top regions in Spain?