Chile fires: 100-year-old vines lost in ‘national catastrophe’

Written for Decanter, January 2017 Century-old vines have been destroyed and up to 100 vineyards damaged in wildfires that Chilean authorities have declared the ‘worst forestry disaster in the nation’s history’. The viticultural fallout of the forest fires still raging in Chile has begun to emerge, with century-old vineyards burnt to cinders and small producers worst affected. So far, more than 100 vineyards in Maule … Continue reading Chile fires: 100-year-old vines lost in ‘national catastrophe’

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North America 2016 Harvest, Decanter October 2016

Written for Decanter.com North America’s 2016 vintage saw advanced harvests across the board, with some of the earliest picking dates on record. Despite the early start many regions experienced cooler ripening periods, and drought was less of a defining characteristic than last year. California A warm spring jump-started the Californian season up to a month early, similar to 2015. June was hotter than normal and … Continue reading North America 2016 Harvest, Decanter October 2016

Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

Written for The Drinks Business, Sep 2016 What they are making, is most likely what you are drinking. These ten winemakers command two thirds of the bottled Chilean wine exported in the last year. Their daily decisions in the vineyard and winery impact the wine that eventually meets your glass, and for that fact alone these men are some of the most powerful, or influential, … Continue reading Chile’s most powerful winemakers? The Top 10 in numbers

Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

A vast array of soils and terroirs gives this diminutive but plucky nation the tools it needs to forge a strong identity of its own, says Amanda Barnes. And it’s the growing reputation of Uruguay’s white wines that’s grabbing the attention… Read the full article here, Decanter October 2016   Read more on Uruguay on 80 Harvests The essential guide to Canelones Wine travel guide … Continue reading Uruguay: More than Tannat, Decanter October 2016

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Chile Harvest Report 2016

Written for Decanter April showers hit the Chile 2016 vintage, with some producers describing conditions as more like those on France’s Atlantic coast and overall production down by a fifth versus 2015. With wine regions spanning over 1000km, the Chile 2016 vintage was always going to have regional variation. But, most areas experienced a cooler and wetter year, with some reporting high humidity. This resulted … Continue reading Chile Harvest Report 2016

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El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 harvests

Written for Decanter The El Niño weather cycle saw Argentina report its worst pre-harvest grape losses since 1957, with production in 2016 expected to be 27% smaller than 2015 across the country and 39% down in Mendoza. A cool and wet spring set the harvest back by a month. April was a wash out with 400% more rainfall than usual over 15 days complicating harvest … Continue reading El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 harvests

And the winner is…

Written for Decanter. Sleepless nights, thousands of pounds invested in rare bottles, and zero social life are common elements of preparation for the World’s Best Sommelier Competition. Japanese candidate Hiroshi Ishida spent last month living away from his wife and three children, for his final purgatory of preparation. This year’s competition saw a record 61 candidates enter, and it cost the Argentine Sommelier Association £0.5m … Continue reading And the winner is…