China’s wine industry has exploded in recent years, with the number of wineries more than doubling over the past decade, propelling the country past Australia to become the world’s 7th-largest producer. What is driving this fast-paced growth and is the quality of Chinese wine improving?
Old wines make great gifts. They’re a piece of history in their own right, giving drinkers the opportunity to taste a summer that happened ten, 20 or even 50 years ago. Unlike many affordable wines — which are pre-aged through micro-oxygenation and meant to be drunk within a year of...
When Ernie Loosen speaks about riesling, everyone should listen. The iconoclastic German wine producer is exactly what the doctor ordered to put a wine region—or in Loosen’s case, to re-establish a grape—on the world wine stage and make everyone believers. Riesling is Loosen’s cause, and lucky for him the Mosel Valley is his home.
In 2005, Serge Marquié and Sally Wilkinson had a problem. After their twin sons were born, they wanted to secure some great wines from the boys' birth year. But while they were able to get their hands on some wonderful Bordeaux, en primeur, obtaining collectible Napa wines proved difficult.
There is no shortage of luxurious fizz here, with a few bargains at the top of the list. All these wines are around 12% to 12.5% alcohol and all but the first and the Ridgeview won a score of at least 17 from me recently, sometimes in the ultimate test of quality, a blind tasting.
Champagne, more than any other wine, is drunk for the label, and if you’re trying to make a statement, many of the best-known Champagnes don’t really say much. Champagne doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record on ecology, even with the unveiling of new (largely self-policed) standards this year.