[Andrew Jefford] New consumers have the money, leisure and desire to visit, explore and learn. As a result, visitor pressure has grown with toadstool velocity. For many producers, indeed, it’s reached crisis levels.
[Andrew Jefford] This new database charts exactly what varieties are grown in which regions around the world; readers can also follow major planting trends around the world during the first decade of this new century.
[Andrew Jefford] As a message of the general dissatisfaction which I’ve heard repeatedly expressed towards the INAO over the past three years, though, the Sancerre challenge is clear.
[Andrew Jefford] For many French winegrowers, 2013 has been a catalogue of anguish. But for Languedoc, it is a good vintage.
[Andrew Jefford] Professor David Nutt and his colleagues had developed the synthetic alcohol substitutes.
[Andrew Jefford] When you taste that fortified wine and others like it, you have to ask yourself: could Barossa Shiraz ever make a better wine than this is?
[Andrew Jefford] If we were to regard place and the cultural traditions of place as the primary translators of wine flavour, and variety as secondary and anecdotal, we’d be wiser wine lovers.
[Andrew Jefford] Once the enormous vineyard challenges are overcome, and a couple of decades of experiment has got underway to match site and variety, then the Gobi desert vineyards of Ningxia and Wuhai may surprise us all.
[Andrew Jefford] One harvest every six years deserves a little comment, especially when the crop is the most useful single volume on wine ever published - The World Atlas of Wine.
[Andrew Jefford] Wine is perhaps the good drug, but it’s hard to prove with any kind of scientific rigour. Respect for ‘wine exceptionalism’, thus, must always rely on the common sense of legislating politicians.