[Andrew Jefford] Screwcaps are a wonderful closure for any wine where primary, pristine fruit is a desideratum; but primary, pristine fruit isn’t what those who buy and store great European wines in order to drink them at maturity actually want.
[Andrew Jefford] The Niagara Peninsula in Canada’s Ontario was sub-divided into 10 different sub-appellations, which is pretty picky for a young wine-growing location. Justified or not?
[Andrew Jefford] Each claret box is, in effect, an individual, portable cellar: sturdy, dark yet airy.
[Andrew Jefford] We take the notion of ‘the vintage’ so much for granted in the wine world that it’s difficult for us to gauge just how extraordinary a phenomenon, and how divisive, it is.
[Andrew Jefford] ‘I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and we’ve never had an icewine vintage to match 2013...'
[Andrew Jefford] The two most important aspects of a wine’s acidity, it seems to me, are the manner in which that acidity is bonded and integrated into the fruit presence of a wine; and how ‘ripe’ the acidity itself seems to taste.
[Andrew Jefford] what do economic theories tell us about the nature of fine wine as a ‘good’?
[Andrew Jefford] Why was the trial of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan so compelling?
[Andrew Jefford] Is Pinot Noir now Australia’s most successful variety? The question can be asked in all seriousness at the beginning of 2014.
[Andrew Jefford] The smell and taste of wine is, after all, magnetic north for all of us; everything else is just the scenery along the way.