Jane Anson

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Grape & Grain | With his two Bordeaux wine estates, oil baron Alejandro Bulgheroni is taking his time to get things just right

Argentina’s richest man and a serial vineyard buyer, Alejandro Bulgheroni is making sure his Chateau de Langalerie and Chateau Suau estates in Bordeaux produce the best quality wines while building a sustainable business

Argentina’s richest man and a serial vineyard buyer, Alejandro Bulgheroni is making sure his Chateau de Langalerie and Chateau Suau estates in Bordeaux produce the best quality wines while building a sustainable business

24 Aug 2017 - 5:41PM
What’s holding Thailand’s wine back? Winemaker honoured in France talks Thai terroir and the pull of the Pyrenees

Currently plying her trade at Chateau de Cabidos in southwest France, Méo Sakorn-Sériés explains how Thailand offers her a greater opportunity to teach others about winemaking than to do it for herself

Currently plying her trade at Chateau de Cabidos in southwest France, Méo Sakorn-Sériés explains how Thailand offers her a greater opportunity to teach others about winemaking than to do it for herself

3 Aug 2017 - 5:05PM
Grape & Grain | The fruit of a Rioja rebellion, ‘singular vineyard’ designation now permitted on wine labels

Following calls from prominent winemakers such as Artadi’s Juan Carlos López de Lacalle for labels to focus on geography, the Spanish wine region has introduced an overhaul – but it doesn’t go far enough for some

Following calls from prominent winemakers such as Artadi’s Juan Carlos López de Lacalle for labels to focus on geography, the Spanish wine region has introduced an overhaul – but it doesn’t go far enough for some

29 Jun 2017 - 5:46PM
Grape & Grain | Two winemakers helping put France’s Jura region on the map, and doing amazing things with chardonnay

Stéphane Tissot and Jean-François Ganevat, leaders of the ‘Jura revolution’, are coming up with some stunning wines using one of the most ubiquitous grapes

Stéphane Tissot and Jean-François Ganevat, leaders of the ‘Jura revolution’, are coming up with some stunning wines using one of the most ubiquitous grapes

25 May 2017 - 5:47PM
Grape & Grain | Bordeaux’s 2016 vintages will delight lovers of great Burgundy

Consistency at every price point – the newly released vintages show excellent structure, high levels of juiciness and ripeness that isn’t overdone. Here are our picks to look out for

Consistency at every price point – the newly released vintages show excellent structure, high levels of juiciness and ripeness that isn’t overdone. Here are our picks to look out for

20 Apr 2017 - 5:44PM
Tasting Bordeaux 2007: a mixed year, with some great early drinkers and complex flavours

The 2007 vintage showed marked differences between the Right and Left Banks, with some wines that are drinkable now, some that will need a few more years and others with underripe fruit or too much heavy oak

The 2007 vintage showed marked differences between the Right and Left Banks, with some wines that are drinkable now, some that will need a few more years and others with underripe fruit or too much heavy oak

16 Mar 2017 - 6:00PM
Grape & Grain | A look at the pioneers of Languedoc’s first-growth wines

Aimé Guibert, the patriarch of Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, died last year, leaving behind a legacy of great winemaking at his family-run business

Aimé Guibert, the patriarch of Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, died last year, leaving behind a legacy of great winemaking at his family-run business

2 Feb 2017 - 5:25PM
Grape & Grain | Taste test of 1966 Bordeaux shows the risks and rewards of letting good wine age

Drinking old wine can be a gamble, but an evening spent sampling 10 contrasting 50-year-old Bordeaux brings home the idea that a bottle of wine is a slice of time and place

Drinking old wine can be a gamble, but an evening spent sampling 10 contrasting 50-year-old Bordeaux brings home the idea that a bottle of wine is a slice of time and place

5 Jan 2017 - 5:55PM
Grape & Grain | Penfolds recorking clinic is date night for wine lovers, from New York to Asia

A stop on one of the wine world’s most unusual world tours gives collectors the opportunity to have their bottles assessed and, if needed, topped up and recorked

A stop on one of the wine world’s most unusual world tours gives collectors the opportunity to have their bottles assessed and, if needed, topped up and recorked

1 Dec 2016 - 4:05PM
Grape & Grain | Hong Kong wine entrepreneur Peter Kwok on his seven Bordeaux estates

Peter Kwok was the first Chinese investor in France’s premier winemaking region, and after 20 years, he is concentrating on the limestone terroir of his Right Bank vineyards

Peter Kwok was the first Chinese investor in France’s premier winemaking region, and after 20 years, he is concentrating on the limestone terroir of his Right Bank vineyards

27 Oct 2016 - 5:30PM
Grape & Grain | Why some winemakers drop organic label, but not Crozes-Hermitage pioneers

Some producers in France have given up their organic certification because of concerns over its rules, but a group of winemakers in the south of the country are fiercely proud of their natural methods

Some producers in France have given up their organic certification because of concerns over its rules, but a group of winemakers in the south of the country are fiercely proud of their natural methods

22 Sep 2016 - 5:35PM
Grape & Grain | First came Asti, then prosecco; now it’s time for metodo classico sparkling wine

Jane Anson is blown away by the quality of sparkling wines being produced in Italy’s Piedmont region, which are distinguished by their second fermentation in the bottle – and names 3 to look out for

Jane Anson is blown away by the quality of sparkling wines being produced in Italy’s Piedmont region, which are distinguished by their second fermentation in the bottle – and names 3 to look out for

18 Aug 2016 - 4:56PM
Grape & Grain | The British sparkling wine on Bordeaux menus, and how Brexit could boost sales

The pound’s fall as a result of Britain’s vote to leave the EU has pushed up costs for the country’s wine industry but made its exports more competitive, a leading producer says. We pick three English sparklers to try

The pound’s fall as a result of Britain’s vote to leave the EU has pushed up costs for the country’s wine industry but made its exports more competitive, a leading producer says. We pick three English sparklers to try

14 Jul 2016 - 5:12PM
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Grape & Grain | Rothschild takes Chilean wine to a new level as overseas sales grow

Chile’s exports to the US and China are increasing year on year and producers such as Rothschild and Concha Y Toro are expanding to meet the demand

Chile’s exports to the US and China are increasing year on year and producers such as Rothschild and Concha Y Toro are expanding to meet the demand

9 May 2016 - 10:38AM
Best of the best from the first tastings of 2015 Bordeaux wines in the barrel

Left bank/right bank split is so pronounced it’s almost as if there are two 2015 vintages, and with quality generally high there is value and ageing ability to be had without going to the top estates

Left bank/right bank split is so pronounced it’s almost as if there are two 2015 vintages, and with quality generally high there is value and ageing ability to be had without going to the top estates

13 Apr 2016 - 12:10PM
Grape & Grain | Why you really should try French red wines from Canada

More renowned for producing that wonderfully sour-sweet drop known as ice wine, the home of the maple leaf also turns out some very good French vintages

More renowned for producing that wonderfully sour-sweet drop known as ice wine, the home of the maple leaf also turns out some very good French vintages

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10 Dec 2015 - 6:00PM
Beaujolais producers slowly waking up to the potential of their wines

Winemakers want to prove there's more to Beaujolais wines than people think

Winemakers want to prove there's more to Beaujolais wines than people think

5 Nov 2015 - 9:01PM
Wine Opinion | Fickle nature robs winemakers of what looked a great 2015 harvest

Fire, floods and a tornado - in France - affected vineyards just before harvesting in what's predicted to be a vintage year. Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux escaped unscathed, though.

Fire, floods and a tornado - in France - affected vineyards just before harvesting in what's predicted to be a vintage year. Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux escaped unscathed, though.

1 Oct 2015 - 8:59PM
Wine Opinion | Untouched by science, Rioja winemaker sticks to her great-grandfather's ways

Maria José Lopez de Heredia, a fourth-generation winemaker in Haro, capital of Rioja Alta is committed to traditions that are untouched by modern science and yet produce bottles of enormous beauty.

Maria José Lopez de Heredia, a fourth-generation winemaker in Haro, capital of Rioja Alta is committed to traditions that are untouched by modern science and yet produce bottles of enormous beauty.

4 Sep 2015 - 2:37PM
Wine Opinion | Why France's Bandol wines need time to show their grace

These spicy, dark-fruited, Provencal reds, made using the mourvèdre grape, rank up there with the most venerable from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.

These spicy, dark-fruited, Provencal reds, made using the mourvèdre grape, rank up there with the most venerable from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.

6 Aug 2015 - 10:21PM
Wine Opinion | Why French wrong to think wine in screw-cap bottles won't age well

A Bordeaux winery has explained its decision to revert to corks by pointing to customers' view that screw caps are only fit for wine meant to be drunk young. Evidence suggests they are mistaken.

A Bordeaux winery has explained its decision to revert to corks by pointing to customers' view that screw caps are only fit for wine meant to be drunk young. Evidence suggests they are mistaken.

10 Jul 2015 - 9:52AM
Bordeaux winemakers investing in well-designed cellars for better sales

Students of architecture might traditionally consider a pilgrimage to Florence, Dubai, Miami or Tokyo to study the best examples of their craft. Very few would think about visiting a vineyard - but if they did, it would almost certainly be Rioja, the site of an architectural boom in the 1990s and into the 2000s with names such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid adding modernist touches among the Spanish vines. The first stirrings that a similar revolution might be happening in Bordeaux began about 10 years ago, most obviously with the big-name, high-profile chateaux across the Médoc and Saint Emilion. If there's an owner of a 1855 classified estate that hasn't called in the architects over the past decade, I'd like to meet them.

Students of architecture might traditionally consider a pilgrimage to Florence, Dubai, Miami or Tokyo to study the best examples of their craft. Very few would think about visiting a vineyard - but if they did, it would almost certainly be Rioja, the site of an architectural boom in the 1990s and into the 2000s with names such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid adding modernist touches among the Spanish vines. The first stirrings that a similar revolution might be happening in Bordeaux began about 10 years ago, most obviously with the big-name, high-profile chateaux across the Médoc and Saint Emilion. If there's an owner of a 1855 classified estate that hasn't called in the architects over the past decade, I'd like to meet them.

26 Jun 2015 - 6:23AM
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17 Apr 2015 - 6:06AM
Rhone Valley winemakers elevate syrah, or shiraz, to elegant heights

Syrah turns into something quite extraordinary in the northern Rhone Valley. The powerful black pepper spice of syrah (or shiraz, as it is more usually known in Australia or South Africa) in warmer regions mutates into a floral white pepper elegance wrapped up in silky tannins. It's the alchemy of soil, altitude and microclimate. Basically, the syrah doesn't get hot enough, or relaxed enough, to bring out its wild side, but there are a few places in the world that can manage this trick.

Syrah turns into something quite extraordinary in the northern Rhone Valley. The powerful black pepper spice of syrah (or shiraz, as it is more usually known in Australia or South Africa) in warmer regions mutates into a floral white pepper elegance wrapped up in silky tannins. It's the alchemy of soil, altitude and microclimate. Basically, the syrah doesn't get hot enough, or relaxed enough, to bring out its wild side, but there are a few places in the world that can manage this trick.

3 Apr 2015 - 6:08AM
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