The best stories of 2017


Photograph: Jason Lowe

We published a grand total of 115 articles this year (with a few more yet to come), but – just in case you didn’t read every single one – we’ve pulled together a short-list of 2017’s most popular features

1) Tracking Txakoli

First place was taken by Will Heslop’s Basque adventure, introducing our very first Txakoli (that’s chak-a-lee). It’s no surprise that the wine promptly sold out when it was first published. Read more.

2) Bordeaux 2016: a truly great vintage?

One of the many features that examined Bordeaux’s new vintage en primeur, in this article Will Lyons shares his early impressions. Read more.

3) How California got cool

The Golden State has transformed its vinous reputation. As big, bold Cabernet is usurped by fresher styles, Sophie Thorpe spoke traces the state’s evolution. Read more.

4) Introducing: Luke Edward Hall

This year’s limited-edition Good Ordinary Claret label was created by “Wunderkind” Luke Edward Hall; Emily Miles sat down with the designer. Read more.

5) Burgundy: taking stock

Renowned Burgundy expert Jasper Morris MW assessed the Côte d’Or’s rise up the vinous ranks, and what the future might hold for this famous region. Read more.