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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
Sat, 25 Mar 2017

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team. This week we decode cassis and tobacco...

Don't get caught out at tastings, know your 'tobacco' from your 'leather' wines. See tasting notes decoded and learn how to talk about wine like an expert.

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In the restaurant: How to complain about your wine — and get the right result
Sat, 25 Mar 2017

What kind of restaurant diner are you? Would you complain if you had a problem with the service? Or would you smile politely while clenching your fist under the table - in a classically British, non-confrontational manner? Sommelier Emily O’Hare gives advice on how to flag up a faulty wine, and what to expect from the restaurant when you do…

How to complain about your wine

Read our sommelier’s guide to making a complaint…

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Bordeaux Left Bank wine quiz – Test your knowledge
Fri, 24 Mar 2017

How well do you really know this cornerstone of the fine wine world? With Bordeaux en primeur on the horizon, and Decanter's Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter happening this weekend in London, test your Left Bank skills here.

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Bottles of Lafite from the early 19th Century in the château cellars in Bordeaux.

Test your skills on this classic region...

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Ageing wine: Double magnum versus bottle
Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Decanter's content director John Stimpfig investigates the differences between ageing wine in bottle and double magnum, following a recent blind tasting with top Pomerol estate, Château La Conseillante and its new technical director, Marielle Cazeaux.

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Credit: Château La Conseillante.

Decanter's Content Director John Stimpfig investigates the differences between ageing wine in bottle and double magnum...

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For the weekend: Great value sparkling wines
Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Decanter international tastings director Christelle Guibert hunts the tastings to find exciting, great value wines. See our selection of sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava and Prosecco...

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Celebrate Mother's Day with one of these must-try sparkling wines...

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Around the world in six Cabernets
Thu, 23 Mar 2017

What would the wine world be without Cabernet Sauvignon? Here are six classic examples from across the globe, in case you feel like creating the mother of all Cabernet comparative tastings...

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Great Cabernets of the world: Wines from a Decanter tasting held in 2015.

Inspiration for putting together a global Cabernet tasting...

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How to have the best Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter
Thu, 23 Mar 2017

If you're coming to the Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter in London this weekend, here's our insider tips on how to have the best time.

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

Our insider tips on how to have the best time...

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Anson: The last little guys of Pauillac
Thu, 23 Mar 2017

It's not all multi-million euro mansion houses and vineyard estates in this vaunted appellation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Jane Anson meets the winemakers who still represent another side of Pauillac.

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Grapes are brought in during harvest at Domaine Les Sadons in Pauillac.

Jane Anson goes beyond the multi-million euro estates...

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Singer Pink reveals California winery and early love for Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Interview
Thu, 23 Mar 2017

American singer-songwriter Pink, or P!nk, has opened up about her passion for fine wine, including her 'dirty little secret' project in southern California, the wines on her gig 'rider' and dinner with the late Loire legend Charly Foucault and his family.

Pink spoke to Olly Smith for the first in a podcast series of interviews with well-known celebrities who enjoy wine, called A Glass With.

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Pink, also known as P!nk, is a wine fan.

American singer on pruning, Pontet-Canet and meeting Charly Foucault...

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Luxury travel: Italian wine tour ideas
Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Ever dreamt of waking up in a Tuscan palazzo, surrounded by Chianti vineyards? Or perhaps a 12th-century castle in the heart of Barolo? Here's some inspiration for a luxury tour through Italy's finest wine regions…

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Stunning views across the azure bay... Credit: Porto Roca

Explore Italy’s best wine regions via castles, palazzos and boutique hotels…

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World Water Day: Decanter donates a further £50,000 to WaterAid
Wed, 22 Mar 2017

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day.

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Decanter's latest donation...

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Video: Italian police arrest suspected wine and cheese gang
Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Italian police have arrested several suspected fine wine and cheese thieves and released a video of a gang stealing wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in the north of the country.

Wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in a factory in Italy

Wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in a factory in Italy.

Police reveal details of 'Operation wine and cheese'...

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Where is all the Champagne going? See the latest figures
Wed, 22 Mar 2017

As the UK gears up to trigger Article 50 next week, a new report shows the extent of damage inflicted on Champagne sales in Britain by a 'sudden' fall in the pound sterling currency amid the Brexit vote. Below, see charts based on Comité Champagne data to show which country drank the most in 2016.

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Top destinations and fastest risers...

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Cape Town weekend road trip
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

Take wine weekend road trip through South Africa's Cape Town and along the coast to Hermanus, with the best food and wine along the way....

Cape town weekend

Stop off at Betty's Bay to see the African Jackass penguins.

Take a wine weekend road trip...

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Ed Sheeran buys Italian villa with vineyard – report
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined the ranks of musician celebrities who own vineyards by acquiring a villa in Italy's Umbria region, according to reports.

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Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury festival in 2014.

Young British musician buys villa in Umbria...

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Best value buys from Northern Rhône 2015
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

John Livingstone-Learmonth says the Rhône 2015 vintage is shaping up to be one for the ages. Many of these wines look fantastic value in the initial merchant offerings, so we've picked the ones to hunt down....

Best value buys Northern Rhone 2015

Great value wines from this top vintage....

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Fears over sommelier shortfall as Brexit looms
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

Brexit is making it harder to recruit talented sommeliers from Europe, according to senior members of the UK trade - echoing growing concerns throughout the UK hospitality industry.

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Judges pretend to be restaurant diners at the ‘world’s best sommelier’ competition in Mendoza, Argentina, 2016.

Can the UK still attract enough talent?...

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Article 50 date set: What to do before Brexit
Tue, 21 Mar 2017

UK prime minister Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50 on 29 March. Nothing is certain after that point, and it's not as if no one ever crossed the English Channel prior to the EU, but if you're a British wine lover living in the UK then here's a few things that you could try out before the country plunges into Brexit.

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Theresa May said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market.

Things to tick off your list...

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Jefford on Monday: Value from a great vintage
Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Andrew Jefford provides tasting notes for Crozes-Hermitage 2015 red wines, arguing that the appellation offers some of the best value in this highly praised Rhône vintage.

Crozes-Hermitage vineyards in the Northern Rhône.

Crozes-Hermitage vineyards in the Northern Rhône.

Andrew Jefford on Crozes-Hermitage 2015...

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Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894
Mon, 20 Mar 2017

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One of Rioja’s most esteemed producers; but it hasn’t limited itself to just the one region, having spread its wings over recent years, setting up home in Toro, Rueda and Ribera del Duero, where it continues to blend its hallmarks of both tradition and innovation...

Bodegas Palacio, Rioja

Bodegas Palacio, Rioja

Onwards and upwards’ should be Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894’s motto...

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