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Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty

featured, Australia

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2017

Australia produces as wide a range of high-quality wines as any country in the world, from almost all imaginable varieties and in all styles, while quality has never been higher than it is today. Consumers who view these wines as all red, all big, all the time are missing out.

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2014 Gigondas Charms While 2015 Stuns

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2017

Fans of elegant, accessible southern Rhône wines will find plenty to like from the 2014 Gigondas’ while 2015 produced a plethora of outstanding, attention-grabbing and cellar-worthy wines.

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2014 and 2015 Vacqueyras: Quality and Value

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2017

The wines of Vacqueyras don’t command the attention - or prices - of those from neighboring Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which makes the appellation’s top bottlings excellent buys for value-conscious Rhône wine lovers.

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The Rosé Wave Keeps Building

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2017

As incredible as it may seem, worldwide demand for rosé seems to actually be increasing beyond what were already historical highs. While many experienced members of the trade have been fearful of market saturation and consumer ennui or even burnout, according to importers, retailers and sommeliers that I’ve spoken to recently, that just hasn’t happened. This article focuses on a number of new releases and wraps up our coverage of Rosés for 2017.

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Northern Rhône: Solid ’14 Reds and Outstanding ’15 Whites

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2017

The northern Rhône produced a number of excellent red wines in 2014, although yields are down. Happily, 2015 brought an ideal growing season and harvest, with healthy quantities of clean fruit. My early look at the finished white wines indicates that ’15 is a vintage for the ages.

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2017 Rosé Roundup: Drink Now, Drink Later

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

Among the oldest of many wine cliché’s is that Rosés don’t age well and, like seersucker suits, are out of style after the Labor Day following the vintage. While wearing summer suits out of season might not be in good taste, drinking the best pink wines year-round is highly recommended.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: Moving Out of the Shadows

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

With the 2015 vintage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape stakes its claim as one of the Rhône Valley’s top growing regions for white wines. The better examples are now equal in quality to many of their highly esteemed and generally better-known northern Rhône cousins, even Hermitage and Condrieu. Unfortunately, there’s not much wine to go around.

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2017 Rosé Roundup: More Wines than Ever

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

The demand for pink wines has quickly gone from a wave to a surge to a flood at this stage and, no, it isn’t your imagination that there are far more of them than ever available, from all over the world.

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Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails

featured, Spain

Josh Raynolds, May 2017

After struggling with difficult weather in 2014 and 2013, producers in Spain were thrilled with a healthy crop of fruit in 2015. Early indications are that this vintage produced a bounty of top-notch wines that should provide abundant pleasure in their youth.

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2015 Northern Rhônes: Outstanding Wines for the Long Haul

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Apr 2017

More than a few producers I visited this winter called 2015 “a vintage marked more by the climate than by terroir,” with the fruit and the warm conditions speaking more strongly than place character. That may be true for now but I also believe that 2015 is a seriously great vintage and one of the best in a generation for the northern Rhône.