Changing tastes

An illustration of wine bottles on a catwalk
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‘As part of the zeitgeist there is more emphasis on wines that taste lighter and fresher’

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Pink rethink

‘Hues varied from pale-greyish salmon through some bluish lipstick-pinks to colours so deep they were really pale reds’

Italy’s precious past

‘Wine lovers who would like to taste significant ingredients in Italian wine history, and have the deepest of pockets, can now do so’

Blending wine
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Blend ambition

‘As far as we neophyte blenders were concerned, it was just a question of getting the proportions right’

Bourgogne
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1955 — a very good year

‘I grew up knowing burgundy,’ Lalou told me. ‘As soon as I was born, my father wet my lips with Le Musigny 1929’

Bordeaux’s woes

‘The big questions are not just how these baby 2014s are priced but whether enough people will care, even if they get the price right’

Cropped out: Cape wine lands

‘Few of the South African young guns can afford to buy land, so for their creative blends they depend on the goodwill of farmers’

Champagne: bursting the bubbly

‘We are left in the dark about too many champagnes. In an ideal world, I’d appreciate information about all ingredients’

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’

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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