Lucky ’07 wines

‘There were too many wines among those we tasted whose producers seemed to think it was enough to carry a famous name’

Santa Barbara wines

‘I’m aware wine tourism can get out of hand. It took me hours to inch, bumper to bumper, into Napa Valley one sunny Sunday last month’

Climate change and wine’s alcohol levels

‘’For wine drinkers, the most striking effect of climate change is the rise in alcohol levels. Who wants to drink a wine that can offer little other than alcohol?’

Argentina’s higher plain

‘I tasted the Zuccardis’ range of high-altitude wines, and it is light years from what has been the rich, oaky Argentine norm’

Hermitage 2013

‘One of the most frequent laments I hear during my annual visits to the northern Rhône is how difficult it is to sell Hermitage’

Chile’s cool crew

The regions being plundered by Chile’s new generation of wine producers are to the south of the traditional ones

Tenth amendments: 2005 red Bordeaux

‘The most impressive thing about the 2005 bordeaux vintage is how consistently exciting it is’

Terroir incognita

‘These were stunning wines by any measure, from vines between 40 and 70 years old in this rugged corner of southern Africa’

Swiss wines

‘It had been some time since I had tasted many Swiss wines, and I was truly excited by much of what I saw’

White meets its match

An increasing proportion of whites are high in acidity, have no trace of the toastiness of oak and have the flinty smell of recently struck matches

Romania’s grape hopes

According to some estimates, no fewer than 120 new wineries came onstream in Romania last year alone

Burgundy 2013

‘We have some indication of what sort of Burgundy vintage 2013 is: far from opulent but fresh and focused’

Subsidising wine

The EU has now increased the sum available for promoting wine over the period 2014 to 2018 by 121 per cent to €1.15bn

Top 20 sparkling wines

No shortage of luxurious fizz for the holidays with a few bargains at the top of the list

The other glass ceiling: female winemakers

‘Women are the most powerful economic force in the world’s wine market‘

Top 20 white and fortified wines

These vintages gained a score of at least 17 out of 20 and range from sweet and/or strong to dry and light

Christmas red wines

Twenty of the finest reds to have spread themselves across my palate over the past few months

Southern Rhône wines

The 2013 Grenache crop was down about 30 per cent but some vineyards lost up to 90 per cent of their potential production

A seismic shift in the Mount Etna wine region

Etna was about to be engulfed not by molten lava but by an influx of wine producers

The Queen’s wine merchants

For well over two centuries Justerini & Brooks and Berry Bros have done battle in the British marketplace

ABOUT JANCIS

Jancis RobinsonJancis Robinson has been writing and broadcasting about wine since 1975, and has been the FT’s wine correspondent since 1989. Her principal occupation nowadays is www.jancisrobinson.com but she is also responsible for many of the standard reference books on wine including The Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine.

She qualified as a Master of Wine, the first from outside the wine trade, in 1984, and regularly judges and lectures about wine around the world. She has presented several award-winning television programmes including Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course and Vintners’ Tales, and is a professional narrator.

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