Styles & Regions

Style and Regions

Chianti Launches 11 New Sub Zones. US Importers are yet to be Convinced

For most US consumers with more than passing knowledge of Italian wine, Tuscany’s most famous wine comes in two forms: as Chianti and Chianti Classico. Now, as Liza B. Zimmerman explains, labels bearing the names of generally unfamiliar sub zones will begin to appear on the shelves.

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The Quality-Driven Basque Separatists of Rioja

The dispute over the Basque part of Rioja, the "Rioja Alavesa", continues following the Basque regional government approval of the DO "Arabako Mahastiak - Viñedos de Álava". The Basques have a strong argument: higher quality standards.

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Barolo: Deserves its Reputation?

Has Barolo gone out of fashion? For our sister publication WEINWIRTSCHAFT it is clear after this tasting that the Piedmontese classic has lost none of its relevance. Clemens Gerke exalts the wines.

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Germany: VDP Wines Punch Above Their Weight

VDP wineries may only represent 3% of the German market by volume, but their 10% of the value makes them very significant. It also explains the importance of  the annual Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) tasting. Alexandra Wrann of WEINWIRTSCHAFT takes a closer look.

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VDP White GG 2021: Wide Field of White

A good 60 white wines other than Riesling entered the lineup at the preview. This large complement to the traditional white wine GGs is far more than a marginal note of the Wiesbaden preview. Some of the wines were of a particularly high standard. Christoph Nicklas reports.

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VDP Riesling GG 2021: Walking a Fine Line

The VDP has made around 450 wines from 2017 to 2021 available for tasting. Of the 629 GGs that will be released from September 1, 2022, 380 are Rieslings. The 2021 Riesling vintage does not come close to the great 2019 vintage, nor to 2020. However, top wineries from Rheinhessen, Nahe and Pfalz offer numerous highlights. Sascha Speicher describes his impressions.

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VDP Pinot Noir GG 2021: Idig Raises the Bar for Pinot

The GG preview in Wiesbaden was again excellently organized. The top rating of 97 points was awarded to one Pinot only. Another shone with 96 points. There were seven Pinots with this rating in the 2019 vintage. In the uppermost tier, it looks like the 2020 vintage is a notch behind the 2019, but both were unquestionably two excellent years for Pinot. Sascha Speicher reports.

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Ambitious Greek Winemakers Take to the Mountains

Greece's new generation of winegrowers is moving on up, growing grapes at higher altitudes to make fresher, more natural wines, as Simon Werner reports.

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Meiningers German Sparkling Award 2022

German sparkling wines showed a high quality in the 2022 tasting. Sekthaus Raumland was awarded with collection of the year.

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Tuscany: New UGAs for an Individual Identity

The new site designations for Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are drawing a lot of attention to the regions and filling a gap. Veronika Crecelius reports.

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Spain: the Tempranillo Axis

The appellations along the Duero stand for Ribera del Duero, Toro and much more. David Schwarzwälder gives an overview.

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Bigger than Zin - Is Bourbon Barrel Wine a Passing Fashion or Here to Stay?

Maturing whisky in sherry casks has a long and distinguished history, but traditionalists scoff at the idea of briefly storing wine in barrels previously used for whiskey. With highly profitable sales of around 20m bottles per year and the involvement of top US brands, however, bourbon barrel-aged wine is a sector that needs to be taken seriously. Sarah Phillips McCartan reports. 

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Italy: Overshadowed Successes

2021 was a good year for Italy's wine industry, especially for export-rich operations. However, cost explosion, inflation, the war and the perceived endlessness of the pandemic darken future prospects. Veronika Crecelius reports.

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New Zealand: New Shores

Sauvignon Blanc remains the benchmark for wines from New Zealand, but new developments are emerging. Eckhard Hillmann reports.

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Chile Goes Upmarket

In a world that is moving to premiumization, Chile’s largest wine company is focusing on its Sauvignon Blanc.

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