Best champagnes and sparkling wines

The judges worked over seven consecutive days. We must assume that all three have resilient tooth enamel and acid-resistant palates

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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

‘Philippine had run Mouton Rothschild since 1988, when her father died, with such energy that it surprised many of us to learn that she had turned 80’

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Relabelling European wine: what’s in a name?

Some wines labelled ‘Vin de France’ are truly exciting, representing admirable ambition on the part of the producers

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Wine Car Boot: a model way of selling

‘I have never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting’

Doyenne of Rothschild wine dynasty dies

Former actress widely credited with extending brands

Andrew Jefford: Sauvignon supremacy

Sémillon was historically the dominant component in dry white bordeaux but Sauvignon has now eclipsed it

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Andrew Jefford: The acid test

One of the most pernicious myths in the wine world is that a wine ‘needs’ prominent acidity in order to age well

Investors set for Treasury Wine bid battle

Second bidder enters race with A$5.20 a share offer for winemaker

Andrew Jefford: Routes to Rhône

Cornas goes beyond the simply fruity to include something more savoury. The vines have responded to the subtle climatic modulation

Andrew Jefford: Wine without frontiers

A number of growers in Collio (Italy) and Brda (Slovenia) have made wine blended from fruit harvested on both sides of the border

Serious student drinking

For recent graduates wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees, the world of wine needs many of their skills

Grapes of worth

I want to draw your attention to the world’s greatest white wine grape. It expresses place more eloquently than any other

South African wines

This collection really did confirm the existence of a whole new era in the country’s wine history

A nose for crime: counterfeit wines

‘Downey spends less time advising collectors on what to drink and more time armed with the tools of her anti-counterfeit trade’

Pinot Noir renaissance

Austria, until recently more readily associated with fine white wines, is enjoying a red-wine renaissance

The rich heritage of Italian wines

Of all the world’s wine-producing countries, Italy offers the greatest variety if not of wine styles then certainly of terrains