Decanter Jan-2019

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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okanagan valley, canada

Winter in Canada’s Okanagan Valley, located in the province of British Columbia. The vineyards and orchards shown here are planted around the town of Summerland, on the shore of Okanagan Lake, which stretches for 134km. This is an area of extremes, with summer temperatures of 35˚C dropping to -10˚C in winter. The Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vines planted here benefit from the modifying effects of the lake, meaning cooler nights in summer, and warmer days in winter, when a covering of snow protects the vines.…

2 min
john stimpfig

THIS AUTUMN, I was able to tick off another item from my fine wine bucket list. For years, I had wanted to visit the mountainous vineyards of Trento DOC, tucked away in the southern Dolomites above the broadening Adige Valley. Finally, I was presented with the perfect opportunity – an invitation to taste Ferrari’s brand new Trentodoc rosé fizz. The company was created in Trento by visionary founder Giulio Ferrari back in 1902. Very quickly, it established itself as an outstanding sparkling wine producer, specialising in Chardonnay. Since 1952, the house has been owned and impeccably run by three generations of the local Lunelli family. Under their care, Ferrari has quietly grown its plantings of Pinot Noir and its increasingly impressive rosé and blanc de noirs portfolio. In Trento, I tasted a…

3 min
a month in wine

Major flooding hits Languedoc region DEVASTATING FLOODS HAVE hit the Aude region in Languedoc-Roussillon, killing 15 people and causing up to €200 million of property damage, according to early estimates. President Emmanuel Macron responded with €80m of aid for inhabitants of the region. While emergency services naturally focused on community welfare and saving lives, winemakers within the worst-hit areas did express serious concern for their vineyards. On 22 October, Frédéric Rouanet, president of the Aude winemakers’ union, estimated that 40%-50% of the region’s vineyards were affected by the ‘catastrophic’ floods. However, as only a handful of vintners were still to harvest at that point, Rouanet said he did not expect there to be an impact on overall production figures for the 2018 vintage. When asked if the flooding was linked to climate change, Rouanet said he…

3 min
around the wine world

Research highlights potential for UK vineyard expansion Researchers have identified 33,700ha of ‘prime’ UK land suitable for vineyards, many in Kent, Sussex and East Anglia, and most of which are yet to be planted. According to the research team at the University of East Anglia, writing in the Journal of Land Use Science, the study was aimed at improving the UK wine sector’s breadth, resilience and productivity in the face of climate change driving up growing season temperatures. ‘Many existing vineyards are sub-optimally located,’ the study warned. It also highlighted that the amount of land under vine in England and Wales has risen by 246%, to 2,500ha, since 2004. While the study demonstrated global warming’s possible advantages for more northerly growers, it also said it inevitably posed a risk to existing producers. However, lead researcher…

1 min
in brief

UK wine duty rose in line with inflation on 29 October 2018, but Chancellor Phillip Hammond froze duty on beer, spirits and cider. The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) called the move ‘grossly unfair’, saying that an effective 3.1% rise in wine duty would cost the industry an extra £90 million. Prince Robert of Luxembourg, fourth generation owner of Château Haut-Brion, has become the 12th member of Primum Familiae Vini (PFV), a collective that brings together some of the world’s ‘leading wine families’. Other members include Joseph Drouhin, Familia Torres, Pol Roger, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Vega Sicilia, Antinori and Symington Estates. Prince Robert said he was ‘truly honoured and thrilled’. California winery Qupé has been sold to Vintage Wine Estates by Terroir Life for an unnamed sum. The…

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Memories of 1945 I WAS FASCINATED to see the Wine Legends article on Sandeman Vintage Port 1945 (November 2018). I was commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the summer of 1967 and my Royal Signals Young Officers’ course immediately thereafter was the first to be held at the new Corps HQ in Blandford, Dorset. The previous Corps HQ Officers’ Mess was at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire. The latter had cellars, whereas the former, being newly built, did not. This turned out to be excellent news. A large stash of vintage Port (1918 and 1945) had to be transported by army truck from Catterick to Blandford to ensure that it would not fall into the clutches of the regiment inheriting the Mess! Its ability to travel or not gave some…