• ‘A Loire Cabernet Franc from a good vintage can knock spots off many red bordeaux for grace, refreshment and value’

  • ‘Champagne houses used to say their non-vintage blends were consistent from year to year. That just won’t wash in a world full of wine geeks’

  • ‘Poland has been developing a wine culture. Sales of still wine have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past 10 years’

  • ‘The 2015s may be the best-balanced red Châteauneuf vintage I have tasted’

  • ‘Offered during the great depression, these 1928s were slow to sell; just as well they were chock full of the preservative tannin’

  • Some of the most distinctive wines from this vintage came from older vines, which are also better able to withstand the increasing problem of drought

  • ‘The grapes were exceptionally healthy in 2015. The vines flowered early, fast and efficiently’

  • A selection of seasonal and festive types of wine

  • ‘Some of the best-priced reds from the autumn tasting season in London’

  • ‘Germany is producing truly fine dry wines that tend to be much better partners for food than many a white burgundy’

  • ‘If you choose your vintage champagne carefully, there may be no need to shell out for a prestige cuvée’

  • ‘It is not necessary to pay top dollar in order to experience 2015’s sumptuous combination of ripeness and precision’

  • ‘Say “Roy” in French wine circles and everybody knows exactly who you mean’

  • ‘The theory that Pinot Noir is so delicate and finicky that it can succeed only in Burgundy is questionable’

  • ‘A rabble of younger independents has flowered while off-licence chains have shrunk’

  • ‘Over the past decade or so, the words mineral and minerality have invaded wine talk and wine writing’

  • ‘Neill says he puts all his energy “into making beautiful wine and creating beautiful places”’

  • ‘Oporto is buzzing — and even Vila Nova de Gaia’s staid old port lodges have transformed themselves’

  • ‘Premium sakes are thriving, quality has increased overall, and more and more people want the world to know about it’

  • The matriarch who nurtured her Napa Valley vines to fruitful finesse

  • ‘Poor little sherry was relatively insignificant compared with the lucrative, globally famous spirits brands’

  • ‘Sauvignon Gris is greatly in vogue thanks to its having a softer appeal and perfume than Sauvignon Blanc’

  • ‘The summer of 2015 was so warm and dry that vintners worried the vines would “shut down” and the ripening process stall’

  • ‘During a visit last May, I was the first outsider to taste finished bottles of Nyetimber’s most luxurious new wine’

  • ‘The 16 per cent Dettori is a monument of a wine, to be admired for its daring but not necessarily enjoyed’

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