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The shift in global economic power towards Asia is introducing new tastes into the fine wine market but bordeaux remains dominant

Old certainties are under threat

The shift in global economic power towards Asia is introducing new tastes into the fine wine market but bordeaux remains dominant

Vintages fit to drink now

‘Some of the lesser 2009 red bordeaux, with their voluptuous fruit, are already a pleasure to drink’

Sebastian Roach, manager of Borough Wines in Hackney, pouring wine from a barrel
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Modern breed of bar targets young

Down-to-earth approach sets out to cater as much to the novice as the seasoned tippler

City vineyards preserve history and way of life

Tucked away in centres and suburbs, producers fight sprawl of urban expansion

Ramzi Ghosn tests his vineyard’s produce

Bekaa valley finds its feet

Lebanese production draws on roots set deep in history

Investors lap up Montalcino

Overseas owners of vineyards reap rewards

Maghreb fortunes rise

North Africa rediscovers wine heritage

Industry assesses potential of low-alcohol wine market

As health-conscious drinkers demand lower alcohol content, winemakers are studying how to modify their processes

Experts remain divided on health benefits of wine

Some researchers advocate drinking in moderation, while others are focusing on other lifestyle and social factors

Regulator fails to enthuse

UK body to curb fraud is short on recruits

2012

Hopes rise again after correction

It is a year since the First Growth bubble burst but the market learnt from 2008 and is keeping its nerve, says John Stimpfig

Critics and pricing: Parker’s nose is not as big a pointer as it was

The inventor of the rating scale is still controversial, says Maggie Rosen

Auctions: 2011 was a good year with a slow finish

Ella Lister says that prices for commodity Bordeaux, not ready to drink, had reached untenable heights

Mature vintages can be surprisingly affordable

Jancis Robinson looks at the difference between youth and age – one of the most absurd aspects of the current fine wine market

Profile: Future of whites lies in the past

Producers are waking up to their rich store of heritage varieties, as are the consumers, says Walter Speller

Passion play: Investing for the love of it

Wine funds adopt two broad approaches to investing: strictly financial or passion-based, writes Ella Lister

Fake vintages: Warning of ‘old’ Burgundy risk

Good imitations are hard to detect

Yquem: Still in a class of its own

Few deny that the château produces better wines than its neighbours, writes Stephen Brook

Australia: Winemakers welcome you at the cellar door

Adelaide vintners embody an accessible, unpretentious approach, writes Guy Woodward

Online: Wine forums have their own mix of courtesy and crossness

The tone of discussions ranges from the passionate to the downright dull, writes Margaret Rand

Investment: Claims of strong returns hold up

It is well worth considering the extent to which wine has real financial value in challenging times, reports Geraint Carter

Design: Good glasses enhance the enjoyment

The taste and aroma of wines are enhanced by premium stemware, writes Richard Hemming

Liv-ex: Tracking the price of wine can surprise

Price indices for wine can be used to make comparisons of performance, volatility and correlation with other asset classes, writes Chris Smith

BYO: Bring your own wine to smart restaurants

Restaurants charge a high price for good wines, but many now allow you to bring your own, writes Tom Cannavan

Eduardo Chadwick: Putting Chile on the map

The owner of Vina Errazuriz has always been a true pioneer and risk-taker, writes John Stimpfig

Burgundy: Lovers crowding the field

Vintage’s virtues lure new fans, who vie for limited supply, writes Margaret Rand

En primeur: 2011 proves a hard sell

Bordeaux proprietors failed to cut prices sufficiently, writes John Stimpfig