Viticultural Paradise Lost

'A viticultural paradise.' That was how some people used to refer to Chile. A country whose vineyards were refreshed by pure Andean melt-water, free from pests and diseases that afflicted other less wholesome nations, and where all vintages were bountiful and even. These days, reality is catching...

Letter from Chile: save the south

'My friend Steve Anderson died earlier this year. Car crash, southern Chile. A journalist, campaigner and all-round cranky man, he gave me my first proper job. His main role in life was to be a pain in the backside. Mainly to those in positions of...

Peter interviewed in Vida & Estilos

Back in February, following a whistle-stop tour around Chile's wine heartlands, I was sat down for an interview by Alvaro Peralta Sáinz for Vida & Estilos. The resulting piece is in Spanish, accompanied by a somewhat sombre photo portrait (I plead weariness). To paraphrase, though, I was...

Decanter Man of the Year 2018: Eduardo Chadwick

Since Decanter magazine launched its Man of the Year accolade in 1984, there have been 36 recipients. Nine from Bordeaux, five from the UK, three apiece from California and Australia. And now, it has its first name from Chile: Eduardo Chadwick. It's a big moment, not just for...

30 great New World buys under £30

When I was asked to compile a selection of thirty great New World buys under £30, my first thought was: what does New World mean? And my immediate reaction was: excitement. That's what I want wines from new countries to give me - a real sense of...

Royal Tokaji’s Golden Decades

This is a report on a very special tasting I attended in the gleaming riverside offices of Farr Vintners in Battersea, September 2017. It was a tasting with both a personal and political dimension. We were privileged to be tasting wines from the first decade of Royal...

Hospices de Beaune

January is the time of year when Burgundians show off their new vintage. Currently it's hard to cross the road in London without falling over a top-notch Burgundian producer clutching bottles of their 2016s - a year that is notable for reduced volumes due to spring...

The Wine Detectives

Wine fraud is a big issue. It also makes for a fascinating story. So I was thrilled to be able to explore the topic in a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary called The Wine Detectives. (Click on the link to find the original 28-minute programme...