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Exploring Wiston Estate: The Banana Belt Republic

The story behind the Goring family’s stylish West Sussex sparkling wines. By Margaret Rand Margaret Rand visits a part of the South Downs famed (and nicknamed) for its warm climate, where the Goring family is making fine sparkling wines of tension and generosity on their sustainably managed farm at Wiston Estate. It used to be… Read More »

Report Indicates No Scope for En Primeur Bordeaux Price Increments

Bordeaux’s 2023 vintage is still to be tasted by many journalists and critics, yet there has already been price speculation ahead of an en primeur releases campaign expected to begin in May. ‘Further price increases are off the table,’ said Liv-ex, a global marketplace for the trade, citing market conditions in a new report focusing… Read More »

Field Notes from Bordeaux 2023: Feeling Out of Sorts?

In the first of a series of blogs from the Bordeaux 2023 en primeur tastings, Simon Field MW sets the meteorological and commercial scene behind the vintage. By Simon Field MW It was 29°C (64°F) in Bordeaux yesterday, Sunday, April 14, with azure skies and the morning freshness gifted by the Atlantic Ocean. A far… Read More »

Exploring Rhone: A Comprehensive Tasting Session of Ventoux Wines

Mont Ventoux’s prominence in Southern Rhone’s Ventoux appellation cannot be overstated. The renowned mountain, rising to 1912 meters, commands the landscape. This majestic peak is a well-known attraction for cycling enthusiasts globally, being a challenging stage on the Tour de France route. Ventoux appellation, with Mont Ventoux at its core, is one of the major… Read More »

Discovering Rhône with Xavier Vignon: A Deep Dive into Ventoux

Xavier Vignon, a winemaker and consultant, arrived in the southern Rhône region in 1996 and fell deeply in love with the area. After canceling his planned move to Australia, Xavier began to produce wines for others. In the process, he assessed 50 different caves and initiated a negociant business. Seven years ago, his focus shifted… Read More »

$9.4m Syrah Vine Sonoma Wine Country Property Now Up for Grabs

This recently listed Sonoma wine country property offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape thanks to its wrap-around porch. It also comes with a 0.8-hectare (two acres) Syrah vineyard, according to the listing by Holly Bennett of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sonoma brokerage, adding that the estate offers the ‘epitome of wine country living’. Photo credit:… Read More »

The Transition of William Kelley: A Story of Switching Sides

How a leading wine writer became a Burgundian vigneron. By Paul Day William Kelley, one of the world’s most influential wine critics, is now making his own wine in Burgundy—and the results are extremely impressive, says Paul Day. William Kelley, still in his early 30s and Editor-in-Chief of The Wine Advocate, is one of the… Read More »