Sporting a white-bearded Coppola pontificating on a red wine on its cover the Winter 2006 issue of FineWine Magazine is now available.
Fine Wine is a new magazine – a glossy 28 page publication that costs just 99p (plus £1.50 postage). It has attracted some fine writers for the opening issue: Robert Joseph looks at New Latitude Wines (Thailand and Brazil) while Andrew Jefford explores Cognac and offers notes on the upper bottlings available from Hennessy. The interview with Francis Ford Coppola is followed by ‘The wine critics’ critique’. This is ‘Conversations with Jancis Robinson, Malcolm Gluck, and Anthony Rose about their philosophy and what they think of the other critics’.
The tasting section looks at fine supermarket wines. Asked to provide their 20 best wines the results are quite damning with a £19.99 French wine marked as ‘badly made’, a £16.99 South African wine as ‘undrinkable’ and a £14.99 Champagne as ‘bitter’. In all they conclude that “This isn’t a great record: one in five bottles that were very poor indeed.”
Interestingly you don’t actually have to buy the printed copy; all the pages are viewable on-line and are also offered in printer friendly pages – you can print your own copy!