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Bordeaux: Not so sweet for sweet wine

Published:  10 January, 2017

No one doubts that the future for historic winery Chateau d'Yquem and for sweet Bordeaux's renowned 11 premier cru producers - and even the second crus in Sauternes and Barsac - looks good.


Bordeaux's squeezed middle ground

Published:  22 November, 2016

Beyond the first-growth hoopla and hype Bordeaux has been struggling. The good 2016 vintage coupled with a new CIVC approach to consumer marketing might be the turning point


Provence Part 2: Oaked, whites and reds coming to the fore

Published:  01 November, 2016

In Part 1 of our Provence two-parter, we looked at how Provence is evolving its 'pink summer quaffing' reputation.


Provence Part 1: Beyond summer rosé

Published:  31 October, 2016

It used to be that when you opened that bottle of Cotes de Provence rosé that you bought back from the south of France, the phrase "Caveat Emptor" would run through your head.


The Douro Boys driving whites and reds to new heights

Published:  11 October, 2016

This year the celebrated Douro producer Quinta do Vallado commemorates its 300th anniversary.


Q&A: Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc

Published:  29 September, 2016

At a tasting of the 2014 Official Selection of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc, Justin Keay spoke with Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc about the organisation's ambitious new classification plans.


Justin Keay: Pico's Revival

Published:  28 September, 2016

Until the 1990s Pico's wine heritage was little more than history. Few were prepared to take on the big financial and logistical challenges that come with making wine in this extraordinary volcanic terrain. Little wonder - this is like no other wine region I have ever visited, unsurprisingly denominated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2004.


Analysis: Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish wines are offering really points of difference

Published:  19 August, 2016

Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey are increasingly recognised as fertile territory for wines offering real points of difference.


Insights: Italy's Montalcino producers are adapting and looking to the future

Published:  13 July, 2016

As one of Italy's best known DOCGs Montalcino is slowly remodulating to changing consumer habits and patterns of demand. 


Vinho Verde grows up as producers focus in on quality and single variety wines

Published:  22 June, 2016

More than the Alentejo, more even perhaps than Douro, Vinho Verde is Portuguese wine's big success story, boasting a name and style recognition that is the envy of other wine regions.


Analysis: Franciacorta looks to expand its exports

Published:  22 June, 2016

It is hard to think of an Italian wine region with a lower international profile than Franciacorta.


Analysis: New wine regions continue to emerge

Published:  12 May, 2016

New wine regions and areas with renewed vigour continue to emerge on to the world stage. Has there ever been a better time to drink wine?


Analysis: Why are Portugese wines still struggling in the UK?

Published:  17 March, 2016

It really is one of the great mysteries of modern wine retailing: why hasn't the huge critical acclaim accorded to Portuguese wines translated into either higher shelf sales or wider recognition amongst the wine-buying public?


Expressing a love of lava

Published:  26 February, 2016

There's been an eruption of interest in volcanic wines and to prove it the Institute of Masters of Wine recently held a seminar/tasting specifically devoted to them. 


Insights: On the cusp of a Balkan revival?

Published:  18 February, 2016

A tasting earlier this month at London's Institute of Directors showed that the financial and technical support being given to producers in Greece, Bulgaria and central Italy is paying dividends.


Insights: Mediterranean wines appeal rises as consumers become more adventurous

Published:  12 February, 2016

The search for the new and interesting is upping the ante for Greece, Croatia, Lebanon and Turkey. Justin Keay reports


Insights: How can Italy communicate its regional diversity to consumers?

Published:  26 January, 2016

After visiting last week's Borsa Vini Italiani tasting, Justin Keay asks how much the average wine enthusiast really knows about Italy?


Opinion: Has Indian wine's time arrived?

Published:  03 December, 2015

Before 2008, just about the only Indian wine you could find was Omar Khayyam, a gassy sparkling wine particularly popular in Indian restaurants - until the global recession knocked its producer Chateau Indage, out of business. Today things are very different


Insights: Turkish wine producers look to the UK as a key export market

Published:  13 November, 2015

Justin Keay, discovers some exceptional wines at last month's Wines of Turkey tasting and explores why more Turkish producers are looking at the UK as critical export market.


Justin Keay: Could Puglia be the new Tuscany?

Published:  23 October, 2015

Justin Keay takes a deep look at the Puglia wine region and investigates whether it should be considered the 'new' Tuscany.