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Adam Lechmere

Freelance wine journalist

London

Adam Lechmere

I launched Decanter.com 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...

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English sparkling wine comes of age

The announcement late last year that Champagne Taittinger had bought a substantial parcel of land in Kent in a multi-million dollar investment was the best Christmas present the English wine industry could have imagined. For a house of this renown to endorse English wine in such unequivocal terms is a massive boost to the industry. Taittinger aims to produce 25,000 cases of “Premium English sparkling wine” from vines that are yet to be planted...
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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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Alexander Valley Cabernet Academy

Adam Lechmere enjoys the intellectual rigor— and parties—as he learns more about the diverse Cabernets in one of California’s oldest AVAs
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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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Barbara Banke: The Decanter Interview

It’s three years since she took over as head of Jackson Family Wines, following her husband’s death. Barbara Banke has since embarked on a spending spree, with a mix of spirit and strategy. Adam Lechmere meets a woman firmly in control
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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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