Decanter December 2020

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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12 Nummer

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5 min
a month in wine

Californians stoic despite latest fire losses A fierce wildfire has damaged several historic Napa Valley wineries and part of the Meadowood luxury resort, as well as destroyed homes, but winemakers have vowed to rebuild. Thousands were evacuated across parts of Napa and Sonoma Counties and more than 1,500 structures were destroyed as firefighters battled the fast-spreading Glass Fire that ignited in California on 27 September. Several wineries reported damage. Cain Vineyard in Spring Mountain District lost its winery alongside the homes of three families living at the estate. Howell Mountain’s Burgess Cellars saw its winery destroyed, but new owners the Lawrence family (Heitz Cellar) and Carlton McCoy Jr said vineyards were mainly spared. ‘We are incredibly grateful that our team members are unharmed and thankful for the wonderful firefighters,’ said McCoy Jr. LVMH-owned Newton Vineyard…

1 min
in brief

n A former wine distributor has been sentenced to 24 months in prison by a New York court after pleading guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from investors. Joseph Falcone, 60, told investors his ‘3G’s Vino LLC’ company would use the money to buy and distribute a wine product featured on TV show ‘Shark Tank’. He must also pay $1.8m in restitution to seven investors. n New film Wine & War charts Lebanon’s winemaking history and the challenges faced by wineries during conflict and political instability at different points in the last few decades. Based on the book Wines of Lebanon by journalist Michael Karam, it can be downloaded from Proceeds go to the CAP-HO charity, which helps to provide care for children at St George hospital, Beirut. n…

2 min
your letters

Scintillating Spain I opened your November issue with the usual relish to find your Bordeaux en primeur report and a guide to the wines of Spain. I am more than happy to read the Bordeaux notes, with the usual descriptors of ‘grip’, ‘cassis’, ‘power’ and ‘precision’, but where was my excitement? It was firmly in the Spain supplement. What an exciting country, never afraid to tread the balance between tradition and innovation. Particularly interesting was David Williams’ article on ‘Off-beat grape varieties’, opening up a treasure trove of native and lesser known delights. Looking for value and excitement? I know where I’m going! Jonny Tyson, Southfields, London, UK BLM and wine First Andrew Jefford gave Decanter readers a guilt trip about drinking wine because of climate change. Now he’s trying to turn black lives…

1 min
letter of the month

Who needs Champagne? The Covid cloud has certainly had a silver lining for English wines. During the summer I usually head to France and enjoy my evenings tasting copious amounts of French wine and Champagne; this year, however, Covid has meant I’ve opted for a number of staycations in the south of England. On my travels I’ve come across many excellent English vineyards. Everywhere I go, physically and virtually, I cannot escape the huge growth and popularity of English wines – Oz Clarke has just published a new book on English wines, and The Sunday Times ran a feature on buying an English vineyard. It’s great to see English producers and vineyards increasing not only in number, but also in quality. This year Wine GB awarded 245 medals to the 281 entries…

3 min
andrew jefford

How about this for an axiom: ‘There are no great hard wines’. Can you disprove it? Mature wines, for example, are loved by many; a great mature bottle often serves as inspiration and model for a lifetime’s drinking and collecting. What is successful maturity in a fine wine, other than a softening and mellowing of the gathered forces of youth? This may come at the cost of some allusive detail; but the loveliness of that harmony more than compensates. A time-softened wine swims, gently and resonantly over the tongue and melts into the throat, the stomach, the body. Unsuccessful maturation, by contrast, often reveals not softness but hardness, notably as the wine’s acid components assume a disproportionate significance within the overall structure of the wine. Acidity is one of the three…

2 min
hugh johnson

The piece of paper I use to jot down resolutions is almost covered – on both sides. These are drinking resolutions, naturally: wines I must try, or drink more of. The trouble is my default wines, already in the fridge, or just (like Chablis) the obvious solution to so many of life’s teeny problems, fill too much of our domestic capacity. So resolutions build up: more Greek wine is high on the agenda. More of the new output of Spain. A closer focus on Chianti, Chile, southwest France, Okanagan valley... Will life be long enough to do them all justice? Not a chance. I see it as a problem because in a sense it’s my job. You don’t have to. You may not even have noticed the spring-like burgeoning of wines…