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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

Meet the Producer

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?

Picking Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand

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Serious Sauvignon?

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc took the wine world by storm, so much so it’s easy to forget that you can find some seriously delicious examples in traditional heartlands of Bordeaux and the Loire, as well as more classic styles from the new world. Jamie Goode explains the science behind the styles.

Tim Wildman MW

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In pursuit of freshness

Master of Wine and winemaker Tim Wildman's search of 'Ultimate Drinkability' and how he fell in love with Australian wine.

Horn manure the most widely known biodynamic preparation

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What is Biodynamic Wine?

It’s easy to poke fun at biodynamics as the slightly hippy cousin of organic farming. Yet a rising number of wineries, Romanée-Conti, Château Palmer and Louis Roederer to name a few high-profile examples, have embraced organics more radical cousin.

Re-defining Fine Wine

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Re-defining Fine Wine

Famously hard to define. Hugh Johnson once suggested that a fine wine is a wine that you want to talk about. We agree.

Clarifying the Vegan Wine Debate

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Clarifying the Vegan Wine Debate

We take a moment to consider the hot topic of vegan wine, starting with what makes a grape-based product non-vegan in the first place.

The Swartland Evolves

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The Swartland Evolves

Jamie Goode tells the story of how a backwater, best known for farming cereals, became the source of a South African wine revolution.