Styles & Regions

Ribera re-thinks its approach

James Lawrence said that while the Ribera del Duero region has some outstanding wineries, it needs to reconsider its export strategy.

Can Pinot Noir yields be increased?

Does quality have to suffer when you increase quantity? New Zealand Pinot Noir makers are questioning received wisdom, finds Rebecca Gibb MW.

Jedi wine training

How do you train your palate without spending a fortune on wine and travel? Felicity Carter tests the Master the World kit.

A year of comfort wines

Jeff Siegel charts the course of the wines that did well this year in the US market and asks what was so attractive about them.

The mechanisation dilemma

Quality producers want their grapes hand-picked – but labour shortages are looming. Caroline Gilby MW looks at the situation in Eastern Europe.

The red blend juggernaut

Since they burst onto the scene earlier this century, New World red blends have taken the wine world by storm. James Lawrence has the story.

Apothic, the blockbuster red blend

Apothic is a wine that helped create and define an entire category. Felicity Carter hears how it was done.

Wines from German-speaking lands find a new champion

Two Americans are rolling up their sleeves and diving into wines from German-speaking countries, on a mission to tell the world about them. Felicity Carter speaks to Paula Sidore, the co-founder of TRINK magazine.
 

Moldova about to turn 30

Three decades after the end of communism, Moldova’s wine industry is still finding its feet. Caroline Gilby MW reports.

Spain’s ubiquitous white

Airén is one of Spain’s most widely planted whites. Yet it almost never appears under its own name. James Lawrence asks why.

Naoussa’s difficult road

Grigoris Michailos charts the evolution in style and the challenges ahead for Naoussa region in Northern Greece, Macedonia.

The transformative crush

Okanagan Crush Pad began small but grew to have a regional impact. Michaela Morris reports

The pandemic wines

Back in 2019, before anybody had heard of Covid-19, wineries prepared for their 2020 wine launches. Jeff Siegel looks at what happened next.

What they’re drinking in Switzerland

Wolfgang Fassbender unlocks the mystery of what the inhabitants of this wealthy country buy when they choose their wines.

Chile’s backstage winemakers

Some of the most influential winemakers in Chile are the least well known. Marcela Burgos meets them at some of Chile’s biggest companies.