• ‘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’

  • ‘At this time of year I thought a few tips on visiting and tasting etiquette might be useful’

  • ‘The problem is that if no sulphur dioxide is added, then the wine has no defence against harmful bacteria’

  • ‘Champagne producer Bruno Paillard called the 1996 vintage a “naughty boy” because it was so changeable’

  • ‘The trend in both Bordeaux and California is to exercise restraint, so that the wines are drinkable in youth’

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