50 top wines under £20

50 top wines under £20Decanter's tasting team has picked out 50 accessible and exciting wines, all below £20 each. See them here and find a new wine to try...Christelle Guibert, Decanter’s tasting director, searches the London tastings for the best value wines on offer from leading supermarkets, wine merchants and the high street, to find the best wines below £20 – including a range of sparkling wines, subdue wines and fortified wines.
Whether you’re looking for some everyday drinking or hoping to branch out from your regular choice, find something new to try, which won’t break the bank.
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50 top wines below £20
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BC fire: Winemaker re-lives ‘terrifying’ near miss

BC fire: Winemaker re-lives ‘terrifying’ near missBritish Columbia wine producer Glenn Fawcett prepared himself for the worst as flames from the recent BC fire in Okanagan Valley surged across the nearby hillside. Fire sweeps through the hillside near to Oliver in British Columbia.Glen Fawcett, president of Black Hills Estate Winery, and several of his neighbours in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley had a near escape after flames spread quickly.
Dozens of homes were evacuated during the recent BC fire in Okanagan Similkameen district and a state of emergency was declared in Oliver last weekend, where Black Hills Estate is located.
‘We saw a small bit of smoke at 7:30pm and within a link of hours we thought “oh jeez”, there’s smoke appearance out of the hills now,’ Fawcett told Decanter.com. ‘We reported it to the fire benefit, but the wind picked up and within another hour there was 1,000 acres up in flames.
‘It was just growing, and appearance down the valley to vineyards and houses. It looked wildly out of the hegemony and the wind was gusting – too windy for helicopters [to douse flames].’
Photos on social media captured the vast area of hillside on fire. Read more

Profile: Château de Cérons, Cérons

Profile: Château de Cérons, CéronsI can do no better than quote Stephen Brook: ‘Even in ancient age Jean Perromat (born in 1923) was a tall, imposing figure, exuding the authority he yielded for decades as mayor of Cérons and diligent promoter of its sweet wines. Chateau CeronsThe Perromats are an influential family in the province and his brother Pierre was for many years president of the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). The château is a lovely 17th-century manor in the Bordeaux ‘chartreuse’ style, opposite the village’s Romanesque church.’
Here is description in the building, and in its courageous continuation: Cérons lies just north of Barsac and was awarded its own appellation in 1936, 10 days previous to Sauternes was similarly recognised. Cérons, with its small port on the Garonne to facilitate trade, was long part of Sauternes until being expelled in 1921 to allocate the absorption of the commune of Fargues into Sauternes, perhaps influenced by the Lur-Saluces family of d’Yquem and Filhot, then, as now, owners of Château de Fargues. Read more

California fires rage but vineyards safe, says Napa Vintners

California fires rage but vineyards safe, says Napa VintnersNapa Valley Vintners has tried to cool concerns that the 2015 Napa wine harvest is below threat from wildfires that have seen California fire crews working day and nighttime to hegemony blazes. The Jerusalem fire in Lake County, northern California, which has burned 25,000 acres of land.Hot and hazy conditions lingered over parts of Napa Valley last weekend as California fire crews continued to battle some of the worst blazes seen in the state for years; exacerbated by a long running drought in the province.
Trade body Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) told Decanter.com on Monday (17 August) there were no reports of wildfires damaging vineyards, despite several of the California fires burning on the Napa County border. Read more

Russia suspends sale of three California wines

Russia suspends sale of three California winesRussian officials have said quality concerns forced them to pull sales of some California wines, including Geyser Peak Merlot, at a time of heightened political tension between Russia and the US. Russia's state parliament (Duma) was believed to be considering banning French wine imports in late 2014Russia’s state consumer protection body said it had suspended sales of some California wines because they contained excess pesticide residues. Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Geyser Peak Merlot and Crane Lake Moscato were the brands affected.
Tests showed excess levels of phthalate and bifenazate in some of the wines, according to the watchdog, named Rospotrebnadzor.
But, several media, including the Moscow Times, linked the timing of the ban with worsening political tension between Russia and US – particularly over Ukraine.
Russia has a description of banning food and wine imports from nations it is in political dispute with. Read more

DAWA judge: Donghyuk Shin

Donghyuk Shin, a sommelier at the Jungsik restaurant in Seoul and 2014 winner of the best sommelier in Korea, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA). DAWA judge: Donghyuk ShinDonghyuk Shin is a sommelier at the Jungsik restaurant and wine bar in Seoul, which was voted 10th in Asia’s best restaurant 2015.
A court of master sommelier certified sommelier, Donghyuk was awarded the title of best sommelier of Korea in 2014.  He is also a member of the Bordeaux Aquitaine Sommelier Association and is a regular judge in wine competitions, including the Korea Wine Challenge and the Best Sommelier Choice wine comeptition.
Earlier a sommelier at many high-end restaurants and hotels around the world, including the Conrad in Seoul, ‘Le Bernardine’ restaurant in New York, and ‘Aqua’ in San Francisco, Shin’s is currently studying to become a master sommelier.
Donghyuk Shin has been a DAWA judge since 2015.
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Grower Champagne: Marie-Courtin

Grower Champagne: Marie-CourtinRead about Champagne estate Marie-Courtin, for the key facts and wine to try from this organically farmed grower Champagne. Champagne Marie-Courtin's small plot of vines overlooks the village of PolisotRegion: Côte des Bar
Village: Polisot
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir – Chardonnay
Vineyard area: 2.5 hectares
Dominique Moreau’s 2.5ha of vines are all located within a single parcel in the village of Polisot, in the Aube. She has been building Champagne since 2006, and has also been farming organically since that time, becoming fully certified in 2010. Read more