Updated: Tasting notes decoded

Updated: Tasting notes decoded   How to understand tasting notes: Are you puzzled by terms like dosage and flavours like leafy? Dosage After a traditional-method sparkling wine is disgorged, the liqueur d’expédition is added to create the final dosage. This addition of sugary liquid is used to balance the high acidity levels. With the correct…

Who can take over from Robert Parker?

Back in April 2016, Robert Parker announced he will be no longer rating new wines during en primeur for Bordeaux. He handed the reigns to his successor Neal Martin. I followed Neal Martin for many years before he joined Robert Parkers team. I always admired his easy reading style of critique on fine wines. However…

The last ten years: China

The last ten years: China If we look back to 2006 and consider how mainland China’s wine market has changed, it’s first worth considering just how young that market was. By 2006, the imported wine market was barely 15 years old and Chinese wine production, though expanded in the 1980s, had not yet made the…