Adam Lechmere

Freelance wine journalist


Adam Lechmere

I launched in 2000 and was editor for 11 years before going freelance in 2011. I continue to write for Decanter, have a column in Food & Travel magazine and contribute to Le Pan, World of Fine Wine, Harpers, Meiningers Wine Business International, Wine Enthusiast and other journals. Recent features include a gourmet tour of Berlin for Food & Travel, profiles of Francis Ford Coppola at Inglenook, Marques de Murrieta, Screaming Eagle, Opus One, Lebanon, Mondavi, Ch Phelan Segur...



English sparkling wine comes of age

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Pierre Seillan

Two decades after taking on Jess Jackson’s challenge to make a California Merlot as good as Petrus, Pierre Seillan’s three Bordeaux inspired Vérité Sonoma reds are regarded as some of the very best in California. Adam Lechmere meets the energetic Gascon winemaker behind Jackson Family Wine’s fine wine portfolio, which includes interests in St-Emilion and Tuscany as well as the cult Sonoma estate
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Spring Mountain Regional Profile

The patchwork of vineyards in this elevated AVA are home to a contrasting assortment of single-minded traditionalists and wealthy newcomers, all attracted by this rugged, often remote terrain’s ability to produce outstanding wines. Adam Lechmere spent some time with the locals
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The Push for Rioja Crus

Rioja is one of the world’s best-loved, most lucrative wine brands, so why would you want to change a winning formula? Adam Lechmere meets a band of ‘reformers’ who do – believing that the current level of classification is too simple for such a complex region of terroirs
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Arnot Roberts: Modest Revolutionaries

Experimental winemakers Duncan Meyers and Nathan Roberts have been friends since childhood. Adam Lechmere went to California to find out why they’re rapidly garnering a reputation as two of the state’s most exciting winemakers
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Moon Mountain

I spend a heady few days with the wonderfully diverse but close-knit group of entrepreneurs, growers and investors harnessing the terroirs of Sonoma's "newest oldest" AVA
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Regional profile: Navarra

This diverse region struggles to compete against Spain’s most powerful brand, Rioja. Is it time to forgo the emphasis on ‘serious’ red blends and international whites so that its native varieties can come to the fore?
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French winemakers in Napa

Recent cooler vintages in Napa have encouraged producers to look for restraint in their wines. But how much is the style change welcomed by French winemakers in the region, asks Adam Lechmere
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Interview: Robert Hill-Smith

An aristocrat of the Australian winemaking industry, Robert Hill-Smith is a scion of one of the country’s most historic winemaking families. However, it’s his vision for the future that has turned Yalumba into a dynamic global success story, writes Adam Lechmere
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Stag's Leap - Keeping the Faith?

Five years on from its acquisition by current owners Antinori and Chateau Ste Michelle from founder Warren Winiarski, Adam Lechmere visits pioneering Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and asks whether its reputation as a beacon of California elegance has survived the transition to more corporate ownership
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Interview with Jared Liu of China's

Jared Liu co-founded, China’s biggest wine retail website and its third biggest imported wine retailer, in 2008. With the Chinese e-commerce market expected to reach 250m by the end of the year,, with six million registered users, is set to continue its domination of the sector. The five-year-old site’s statistics are impressive: it sells an average of 20,000 bottles a day, peaking at 120,000, and it has a considerable presence amongst female wine buyers. Yesmywine. com has just broken even, and a stock market flotation is on the cards.
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Open-uri20131209-2-aruwgo_profile company profile: interview with Mike Osborn, founded by entrepreneur Mike Osborn, is now the biggest retailer of imported wine in the US, finds Adam Lechmere. And as the growth in Millennial spending power converges with the growth in mobile technology, it’s tipped to get even bigger.
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