Jefford on Monday
A wine made by empty spaces
[Andrew Jefford] Rossese in Liguria’s mountain valleys is one of the red wines which work in their own climate zones in the same kind of way as Pinot does in Burgundy.
Out of bounds
[Andrew Jefford] Is there a conflict between brand and terroir? Can you express terroir in a brand without using appellation as a primary focus? Here’s a story.
‘Dying a slow death...’
[Andrew Jefford] It didn’t seem to attract much notice at the time, but the Casa do Douro was finally declared bankrupt and wound up at the end of 2014, with debts of €160 million.
Briskness in the air
[Andrew Jefford] Wow: how the Gigondas has advanced in the last decade, and what a special place it seems to be!
[Andrew Jefford] I have the significant lemon in front of me. What, though, should I do with it? I’m not sure. Here’s its story.
What’s a perfect berry?
[Andrew Jefford] There is no more fretful decision in a winemaker’s year that choosing exactly when to send in the picking troops.
Beyond the five booms
[Andrew Jefford] Australia’s resource boom may be drawing to a close, but there is no stopping the deep-cast mining of wine statistics and data at the University of Adelaide’s Wine Economics Research Centre under its energetic Executive Director, Professo
After the eclipse
[Andrew Jefford] Most great terroirs, I’ve come round to believing, can produce different sorts of compelling wine.
Runners and ringers
[Andrew Jefford] In contrast to elsewhere in France, 2013 was a superb vintage in Languedoc-Roussillon. For whatever reason, the world is thirsty for the wines of my adopted region at present.
Some useless notes
[Andrew Jefford] The 2012 DRC wines are singularly beautiful wine objects, after all, and tracking the play of their lineaments might teach us something about wine beauty more generally.