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Appreciation of indigenous vines has prompted a global diversification away from just Merlot, Cabernet or Chardonnay

A taste for heritage boosts local varieties

Appreciation of indigenous vines has prompted a global diversification away from just Merlot, Cabernet or Chardonnay

Buying: Classy vintages up for grabs at bargain prices

It is easy to track down fine wines and avoid paying a premium, writes John Stimpfig

Retailing: New merchants take the fight to supermarkets

Independents are thriving thanks to in-store events, writes Guy Woodward

Decanting: The secret is out of the bottle

How you serve fine wine is vital to its enjoyment, writes Jonathan Ray

wine storage cabinet

Storage: Keeping cool and collected until the time comes to drink

A successful cellar is all about following a few basic rules, writes John Stimpfig

winemaker Sébastien Fleury

Champagne: Journey into the true terroir

Grower producers offer distinctively rich flavours, writes Giles Fallowfield

Chardonnay: Australia answers back

Vineyards have been busy refining their techniques, writes Tom Cannavan

China: Eastern love affair with grape shows promise

Exports on the way from sixth biggest producer, writes Richard Hemming

Festivals: A world of wine

Countries around the world play host to the finest vintages with a range of attractions, explains Maggie Rosen

Education: Steps on the learning ladder

Wine education sees a big improvement