Decanter January 2022

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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1 min
a very merry whatever

UK-based readers of a certain vintage may remember an Irish comedian called Dave Allen, whose end-of-show line was the nicely nuanced ‘may your god go with you’. And just as we choose our own deities (Bacchus, anyone?), so we choose what we celebrate, when, how, and who with. So whether your chosen feast day is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Lunar New Year, Hanukkah, Cinco de Mayo, or all of the above and more – which sounds a little tiring – you’ll have your very own special set of traditions and treats. And that’s exactly as it should be. However, sometimes we all need a little help in deciding on the details – which is where we hope we can help. We’ve filled this issue with…

1 min
meet the decanter experts

JANE ANSON is a widely published and awarded wine writer, educator and judge. Resident in Bordeaux, she was Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent for over 20 years, and has recently launched her own website ÅSA JOHANSSON is a writer on wine, food and travel, and an educator at the Swedish school of sommeliers. Born in Stockholm but based in Tuscany, she writes for prominent titles in Sweden, Norway, Canada and Italy FIONA BECKETT is a contributing editor to Decanter. Publishing at, she is a leading expert on food and drink matching, writes a column for The Guardian and is author of 25 books on food, wine and beer PETER RANSCOMBE is a widely published journalist, author, copywriter and drinks columnist-blogger for Scottish Field magazine. A regular contributor to Decanter, his first novel Hare was published by Knox…

7 min

This Christmas set to be ‘a pink affair’, says Majestic Beaujolais and winter rosé are among the big trends this festive season, according to new data from Majestic Wine. A surprise UK Beaujolais revival in 2020 is still ongoing through 2021, said the retailer in its recent trends report, adding that sales data also suggested that Christmas 2021 could be a ‘pink affair’ as more people come to appreciate the joy of food-friendly rosé. Other trends include a South African wine renaissance and resurgent, post-lockdown fizz sales – led by crémant, grower Champagne and English sparkling – plus ‘unprecedented’ Port demand in 2021, ‘driven by unusual, but Instagram-friendly, bottle shapes’. Majestic’s chief commercial officer, Robert Cooke, predicted ‘a real variety of bottles on the UK’s Christmas tables’, despite supply chain challenges. Its sales of…

1 min
1,770 million

SOURCE: THE WORLD OF WINE REPORT DECANTER LOVES… PINO 3000 Pino 3000 takes extreme viticulture to the next level. This joint venture wine was conceived by the team at ice Q, Europe’s highest gourmet restaurant, 3,048m up, in Sölden in the Austrian Tyrol. Three leading winemakers from Austria, Germany and Italy were inspired to produce a blend of top Pinot Noir grapes from each of their wineries, matured in oak at the summit of the Gaislachkogl mountain. Taste the 2019 vintage at ice Q – or €1,260 buys you a case of wine and a night at Das Central hotel for the next Pino 3000 Collection launch in late 2022.…

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dream destination

Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa One of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, dating back to 1692, Spier is also home to a luxurious four-star hotel. A perfect base for exploring the winelands, the village-style resort is modelled on the colourful Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, with its cobblestone streets and brightly painted houses. Airy rooms and suites are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own swimming pool, overlooking the estate’s extensive gardens and the Eerste River. Foodies can feast on farm-to-table dishes, made with organic seasonal produce from the estate’s biodynamic farm, as well as enjoying wine tastings and food pairings featuring Spier’s range of award-winning bottles. Other activities include al fresco movie nights, Segway tours, mountain biking, eagle encounters and falconry displays. Or book a detox…

2 min
a drink with… brucenicholson, winemaker

Bruce Nicholson has spent more than 34 years in Canada’s British Columbia and Niagara regions as head winemaker of two of the country’s leading icewine producers – Jackson Triggs and Inniskillin. He retired from Inniskillin in late 2021, and is succeeded by Nick Gizuk. ‘I was at a wine festival 35 years ago and tried a Chardonnay from the Okanagan that was the real deal. It inspired me and is certainly one of my favourite varieties to work with to this day. People like Donald Ziraldo, Karl Kaiser and Allan Jackson, Don Triggs are the reason we’re here. These were the pioneers. ‘With icewine, [picking] can happen in November, December or January, and sometimes as late as February or even March. The later it is, the more nervous the winemaker and…