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What's the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?
Mon, 18 Nov 2019

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You say Syrah, I say Shiraz...

Apart from the spelling? Nothing. They're the same thing.

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A look at Australia’s Fine Wine from Family Producers
Mon, 18 Nov 2019
Australia's Fine Wine

Some of Australia's top family-run estates bring out their flagship wines...

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Best wine advent calendars
Sun, 17 Nov 2019
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Christmas may seem like a long way away still but with December fast approaching what better way to get in the festive spirit – pun intended – than to think about swapping those small sweet treats for a daily tipple? An explosion in the advent calendar market has seen alcohol versions soar in popularity over […]

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Exclusive tasting of Jurançon's cult Clos Joliette
Sun, 17 Nov 2019
Clos Joliette, Jurançon, Vin de France

Have you heard of this cult wine? No, neither had I, despite 35 years of writing about wine. Joliette is a tiny vineyard of 1.5 hectares in Chapelle de Rousse, in the northeastern part of Jurançon, that bucolic region in the Pyrenees foothills. Scroll down for Stephen Brook’s Clos Joliette tasting notes and scores According […]

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Popping a Champagne cork is rocket science, says study
Sat, 16 Nov 2019
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High speed imagery from a bottle stored at 20 degrees Celsius. A Mach disk appears in 'A', as shown by the white arrow, but has vanished in 'F', one millisecond later.

Dry ice can briefly shoot out of a Champagne bottle at nearly twice the speed of sound, or about 2,400km per hour, according to new research published in the Science Advances journal. While this velocity was only reached for a millisecond and came after storing bottles above the ideal serving temperature, one scientist involved said […]

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Marqués de Murrieta: Ygay, Dalmau & Capellania all tasted
Sat, 16 Nov 2019
Marques de Murrieta

Discover the secrets behind the revered Rioja producer...

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Sonoma wineries fight perceptions as well as wildfires
Fri, 15 Nov 2019
sonoma wildfires
Vineyards proved resilient in the Kincade fire in northern Sonoma County, although several properties were not so fortunate.

Mass evacuations in northern Sonoma County affected winemakers alongside other residents as firefighters battled to protect lives and property by containing the Kincade fire in the Geyserville area at the end of October. Soda Rock Winery has described the ‘tremendous heartbreak’ of losing its winery building in Alexander Valley, northeast of Healdsburg, although all staff […]

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How is Sake made — Ask Decanter
Fri, 15 Nov 2019
How is Sake Made
Sake bottles

Making Japanese rice wine can be a tricky business...

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Best Value Chablis 2018 - Top buys
Fri, 15 Nov 2019
Best Value Chablis 2018

There’s no doubt that the quantity is there for Chablis 2018 with the year seeing one of the largest crops ever, but this is a distinctly mixed vintage. Quick link: Chablis 2018: Full vintage report plus top scoring wine Quality is variable with balance and concentration depending on yields, picking dates and vinification techniques. While there […]

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Champagne Jacquart: Signature 5 years aged Magnum
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Champagne Jacquart magnum

Champagne Jacquart has long been on hand to elevate and provide a touch of laidback luxury to life’s milestones, be they momentous or seemingly inconsequential, and with the dawn of the indulgent festive season, Champagne will be increasingly providing the soundtrack of choice to countless such events. This year Champagne Jacquart is raising the celebratory […]

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Thieves steal £65k of wine from billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s luxury hotel
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
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Thieves used the cover of darkness to break into Lime Wood hotel’s award-winning wine cellar, beginning the burglary at 3:38am on Monday 11 November. ‘Approximately 80 bottles have been taken with a value of around £65,000,’ said a spokesperson for the luxury hotel, which is based in the New Forest in southern England and is […]

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Anson: A masterclass in Napa Valley Cabernets
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Napa Valley Cabernet

Ten wines from 10 producers, 10 vintages spread over 25 years; 1991 to 2015. That’s a tough brief to perform well on, and I don’t think many regions would have been able to pull it off quite as impressively as Napa did during Decanter’s Fine Wine Encounter masterclass tasting on 3rd November. The aim here […]

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Ramón Bilbao: The sustainable way to wine
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
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Ramón Bilbao vineyards in Cuzcurrita, Rioja Alta

Promotional feature. How Ramón Bilbao are investing in a sustainable future...

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Top Puglia restaurants and accommodation
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Feudo Croce in Puglia

Top Puglia Restaurants Gran Bar Pugliese A superb café and fish restaurant sitting on an old harbourside just 15 minutes from Bari airport. Ideal for a first — or last — meal in Puglia. Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 62 – 70054 Giovinazzo BA Open: Monday-Sunday (excluding Wednesday) 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm Cala Masciola A luxury, […]

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Protos: A river runs through it
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Bodegas Protas entrance

Promotional feature. Running along the Duero River through Castilian heartlands...

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Chablis 2018: Full vintage report plus top scoring wines
Wed, 13 Nov 2019

This hot, early and bountiful vintage was a welcome relief for weather-plagued producers. But while the quantity is there quality is patchy, says Tim Atkin MW, with much depending on yields, picking dates and producer nous. See the top-rated wines to buy, from grand cru to Petit Chablis.

Chablis 2018

First the good news: there’s lots of Chablis 2018 to go round. After the hail- and frost-imposed penury of 2016 and 2017, nature was munificent this time, filling cellars to overflowing. ‘In 2017, we needed 10 vines to fill a basket with grapes,’ says Christian Moreau of Domaine Christian Moreau. ‘In 2018, we needed only […]

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Roman Abramovich linked to new Russian wine investments
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
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Roman Abramovich at a theatre premiere in Moscow in 2018.

A Russian company associated with Roman Abramovich has backed a plan by local wine industry veteran Denis Polyakov to launch a new importer in the country, according to sources close to Polyakov. Separately, it is understood that Abramovich has become an investor in the Gai-Kodzor winery in southern Russia. New Importer It is believed that […]

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A Decanter guide to Chablis Premier Cru
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
Chablis Premier Cru

It came as no surprise to wine enthusiasts around the world when the climats of Burgundy were recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The region has always been the epitome for exemplifying the importance of terroir, with a long historical tradition melding with grapes, soils, vineyard exposition and climate. I would argue […]

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The 30 best South African wines under £20/$30
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
Best South African Wines

South Africa’s time is most definitely now…

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New Wave Mediterranean Wines: DWWA Platinum medal winners showcased at Bellavita
Tue, 12 Nov 2019

On 7 November 2019, Decanter and Vinitaly teamed up at Bellavita Expo, London – the leading trade event dedicated to the promotion of Italian food and beverage – to host a Mediterranean-focused masterclass highlighting DWWA 2019 Platinum medal winners from Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Slovenia. The award-winning line-up was presented by Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, […]

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