Decanter article: The New World of the Northern Rhône

I contributed an article to the recent Decanter Rhône Special (July 2014 issue) on Crozes-Hermitage - they've since published it online, you can read it here. I was also on the panel judging a hundred Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages in the same issue - one wine just squeaked into the 'outstanding' category: Domaine Les Grands Bois 'Cuvée Maximilien' Cairanne 2012. Cairanne 2012s in general are well worth…

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Early drinking

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m beginning to miss the huge off-licence chains we had in the UK 10 years ago. Not that their ranges were that interesting, but I’m coming to realise they had a higher purpose. These thousands of wine shops across the land made wine noticeable. It implied that wine was important and worth exploring. This was backed up by a greater number of decent wine columns…

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