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Palmas Perfection

Anthony Rose

Palmas, so named because of the hand-drawn ‘palm branch’ chalked on the best barrels, is a limited edition of four fino sherries from González Byass to represent the quintessence of fino. We look at the background and the current range.

Matching wine to goose

Joanna Simon

Goose has a reputation for being difficult to match to wine. I really don't think it is.

Knowing your Nebbiolo

Jane Parkinson

Last week London was treated to a new event in tasting calendar, Nebbiolo Day. Jane went to check it out.


The Hidden Costs of Champagne

Anthony Rose

Champagne is the ultimate drink of celebration but what is the region doing to meet the challenge of climate change and its responsibilities towards the environment?

It's in the balance

Joanna Simon

It's November, it's cold, it's dark. Let's talk about alcohol.

Vérité's new vintage

Jane Parkinson

Hailed as some of the best red wines in the world in previous vintages, the new vintage of celebrated Californian wine Vérité was unveiled in London last week. Jane was ready and poised. 

Keeping Up with The Jones

Anthony Rose

Once Katie Jones worked for the marketing arm of a wine co-operative in the hinterland of the Languedoc. Today, she's making an increasingly impressive array of wines from 12 hectares of her own vineyards. 

An evening with Le Top 100

Joanna Simon

What an evening we had last Thursday. The Wine Gang joined forces with Sud de France and the 50 wine lovers who’d snapped up the tickets to taste wines from the Top 100.

On the beach

David Williams

If you like to walk on wine’s wild side, you’ll love Colares.

Made on Europe’s furthest western fringes just to the north west of Lisbon on Portugal’s central Atlantic coast, it’s a wine style that takes the idea of coastal vineyards to the extreme: all of the appellation’s vines are planted, often in untrained, disheveled-looking bushes, within two miles of the sea. With their deep sandy topsoils – just about protected from the gusty moods of the Atlantic weather fronts by cane windbreaks – this is effectively the vineyard as beach.

Cracking open the Krug

Jane Parkinson

Jane gets a flavour of the newest Krug release

The Riesling Why

Anthony Rose

The dry German Rieslings from the 2016 vintage are now being offered en primeur by German specialist merchants. We take a look at what's hot and what's not.

Age shall not wither them

Joanna Simon

I was in Campania recently for a vertical and horizontal tasting of Aglianico, “the Barolo of the south”, but no less fascinating than the tasting were some of the vines I encountered.