A toast to England

‘England’s best sparkling wines now offer much to those who thought only champagne would do’

New model Pomerol

‘Wine lovers would be surprised at the fluidity of the boundaries of the various Bordeaux châteaux’

The rise of the sommelier

‘I was told that nowadays some New York diners choose a restaurant on the basis of the sommelier’

Mind the culture gap

‘Given how dependent Bordeaux now is on China, it seems strange that gulfs in understanding persist’

Bordeaux’s white hope

‘We may see a revival in the fortunes of white wines — not least because whites are more food-friendly than heavy reds’

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Bottle v magnum

‘Perhaps there is no point buying magnums unless you are going to hang on to them for a very, very long time’

How to read a wine list

‘I qualified as a Master of Wine back in 1984, but I never hesitate to quiz a sommelier about how various possible choices are tasting’

Australian Chardonnay

‘Such progress has been made that I am now looking for serious alternatives to fine white burgundy in the cooler reaches of Australia’

A village affair

‘The white burgundies of Domaine Coche-Dury are the most sought-after in the world’

To Syrah with love

‘Even some Australian producers have started to call their wines Syrah rather than Shiraz’

A longer vie en rose

‘Domaine Tempier’s garrigue-scented pink wine can be worth ageing for decades’

Companion pieces

‘This selection from the book’s 300 new entries is a revealing barometer of the evolution of the world of wine’

Slickly sweet

‘Aline Baly boasts that @ChateauCoutet is among the top five Twitter accounts for Bordeaux classed growths’

Vintage point

‘I was thrilled to find that most of the 2005 reds from Burgundy are now beginning to deliver pleasure’

Plan BEE

‘Black economic empowerment brands focus export efforts on Scandinavia where monopolies are willing to help their cause’

One mighty smallholder

‘With a Parker score of 93 out of 100, Julien sold his entire La Fleur Morange 2000 crop for a very decent sum in 20 minutes’

Will prices for this year’s vintage be high?

Many Bordelais seem not to care that their wines are currently out of fashion

Brunello’s back

‘Tuscany’s grandest wine is emerging from a period in the twilight after the five-star imbroglio known as Brunellogate’

Welcome to the USA

‘A strong wind of change has blown through the winelands of South Africa, Chile and Australia — so how are these new wines faring?’

Savvy Savagnin

‘Jura wines have become the height of fashion with certain wine trendsetters’


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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