Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author


What I am drinking, reading and savouring each week

Italy holds strong fascination for wine lovers, especially those who enjoy a long history with their glass of Chianti, which is exactly what made last week's highlight tasting so compelling. The tasting was of Antinori wines and Prunotto (one of the many other wineries the A...
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Staying in the moment...

It's easy to get sucked into fads and many winemakers are diving head first into the latest one. It's called chillable reds.This week another wave of light bodied wines with their deep pink or pale ruby colour (depending on your point of view) arrived for tasting. They prove...
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Dialing up rosé or a new thing?

It's easy to get sucked into fads and many winemakers are diving head first into the latest one. It's called chillable reds.This week another wave of these light bodied, deep pink or pale ruby (depending on your point of view) coloured reds labelled chillable landed on the t...
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The irony about heatwaves is that they often lead into some of the best vintages of wines that seem to be the exact opposite of what you would want to drink during extremely hot days. But a new release of 12 top reds from 2021 is a reminder of the halcyon days before the rai...
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"When you don’t travel and don’t expose yourself to other situations, you begin to feel you’re the best. Travelling and seeing and listening, you feel that you’re not the best at all. You’re just learning."These are the words of Alberto Antonini, a Tuscan born cons...
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Gamay's new lease of life

Gamay, where have you been all my life? Now the festive season is officially over, there is less fizz in most of our glasses but the wine in mine over the past week has been a surprising summer red and I haven't been drinking it chilled. Gamay. It's an old grape being give...
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The fifth edition of Oxford Companion to Wine is 25 per cent longer and contains over one million, meticulously researched, wordsReview by Joelle Thomson, 22 December 2023When every wine blog at this time of year is full of recommendations to drink (and my Top 20 of 2023 rem...
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What I'm drinking this weekend

November 21, 2023
When it comes to surnames, it could have gone either way for the Dicey brothers but Matt and James have turned their name into a positive and given one of the wine world's most tired, dire and old fashioned bits of packaging (bag-in-box wine) a total makeover. This month the...
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Great books are a subjective matter but there's no doubt that this one earns its place on the top shelf of all wine lovers. It is the long awaited fifth edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine.The 944 page tome was edited by a trio of respected wine writers, Julia Harding M...
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It's bitterly cold in winter, searingly hot in summer and deeply devoted to one red grape, which makes Central Otago seem like a one trick pony when it comes to wine, but this week a bunch of new white wines was a reminder that it is far from it.This week's tasting tabl...
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