Five days in Ningxia and Wuhai was all it took to make me realise the total irrelevance of ‘wine-and-food matching’ to the Chinese gastronomic experience.
[Andrew Jefford] Why can't Alsace produce high quality Pinot Noir as Baden does, althouth it certainly has good terroir for this grape variety?
Without the peer group, scores for wines are not the scores.
[Andrew Jefford] One Alsace grape spends its life under a gagging order. If you’ve ever drunk a Pinot Blanc from Alsace, you’ve unwittingly enjoyed it.
[Andrew Jefford] I’ve recently seen a beautiful, moving, truthful wine documentary.
[Andrew Jefford] Over the course of a single weekend, 3,200 people are dispatched on a 6-km vineyard walk.
Revisit some of Jefford's most read columns - Every time you drink a European cooperative-produced wine, it will brim, silently enough, with stories like Margarete’s
[Andrew Jefford] It was one of the least articulate wines I have tried this year – its greatness lay in its modesty.
[Andrew Jefford] Excessive phthalate levels has become another Chinese concern for the French wine and spirit scene.
[Andrew Jefford] The pilot’s eye view of a sweep of vines is far more revealing than the driver’s.