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Decanter

February 2021

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
a month in wine

Predicting the top wine trends for 2021 From the rise of virtual tastings to unconventional packaging formats, we examine the trends that took 2020 by storm and are set to continue in 2021. Winemakers in your living room Nothing replaces vineyard visits or sharing wine face-to-face. Yet Zoom masterclasses and home tasting kits have allowed wine lovers to support restaurants, wineries and more while expanding their own knowledge. Richard Halstead, chief operating officer at research group Wine Intelligence, said there was a sense of ‘online finally coming of age’, both in terms of wine sales and education. Stephanie Barnett at London private members’ club 67 Pall Mall noted that online events meant ‘many members have found new regions that they wouldn’t necessarily gravitate to on a wine list’. Michael Osborn, founder and executive vice president at…

1 min.
in brief

• A rapid approach to detecting wine fraud using ‘fluorescence spectroscopy’ has great potential, according to a study in Food Chemistry. ‘This method provides a “fingerprint” of the samples according to the presence of fluorophoric or light-emitting compounds,’ said Ruchira Ranaweera, PhD student at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Institute, who conducted the research. • Looking for a steady supply of Port? Churchill’s Port has launched a ‘digital-first’ club, with members receiving bottle packs and ‘access to unique travel and Port education experiences both in Portugal and online’. Zoe Graham, co-founder of Port.Club, said: ‘Different Ports will be delivered direct to your door each [calendar] quarter.’ Annual membership is £240; quarterly membership is £70. • Piedmont has gained a new DOCG zone, Terre Alfieri, said the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini…

3 min.
your letters

Women in a man’s world I read the ‘Women of Champagne’ feature in your December issue with great pleasure. I found it inspiring and refreshing in a world of wine that, to a 24-year-old female, seems to consist predominantly of middle-aged men. It was with regret that I read Alexander Pelling’s letter in the January issue, in which he speaks of ‘your feminist lecture’ and advises Decanter to steer clear of ‘gender politics’. ‘Readers will thank you for it,’ he says. This is precisely the type of attitude that limits women’s progression in their careers. Systemic inequalities of any kind will not disappear unless there is widespread attention for them and discussion of them. Tori Elyssa Kok, London, UK I, like many others, was delighted to see an article promoting diversity within the wine industry…

1 min.
letter of the month

Selfless sacrifice After reading the expert discussion that accompanied the NV Champagne panel tasting (January 2021 issue), I have fixed on my New Year’s resolution for the coming year. The Champagne industry is suffering as never before from a slump in sales due to Covid-19, and Champagne houses are sitting on years of stock that they need to shift. In order to help them, I have resolved to buy and drink more Champagne in 2021. Why not join me in this selfless sacrifice? Don’t hold bottles back for a special occasion – after all, it’s important that we all do our bit to help the industry through this crisis. Let’s show our support and get those corks popping. David Collishaw, London, UK…

3 min.
andrew jefford

Life brims with surprises, and so does wine. I didn’t expect one of my most exciting autumn discoveries to be a Laški Rizling, nor that it would be crafted by a thoughtful couple from Ireland’s west coast, Liam and Sinead Cabot, setting to work in obscure eastern Slovenia. I got to know this amiable variety 50 years ago, in litre bottles, served at the Christmas parties my parents would organise in their vicarage in rural Norfolk. Laški Riesling, as it was called back then, came from Yugoslavia, an entity which ceased to exist in the early 1990s; this was the first wine I ever remember my Dad (the vicar) buying by name. ‘A nice crisp glass of dry white wine,’ he used to rhapsodise as he handed over a small, brimful…

3 min.
jane anson

On the morning of 1 November 2020, employees of Campari turned on their company computers and found the following note: ‘Hello Campari Group! If you are reading this message, it means your network was PENETRATED and all your files and data have been ENCRYPTED.’ The Italian beverage company had become the latest victim in a string of ransomware attacks targeting the food and wine world, with a group called Ragnar Locker demanding an eye-watering $15m (£11.3m) to unlock the files. It was technically a double-extortion ransomware attack, in which sensitive files and financial information are stolen and locked, with the threat that the data will be made public if the hackers aren’t paid. In August 2020, hackers captured files to extort payment from Brown-Forman, the Kentucky-based owner of brands such as Sonoma-Cutrer…