We’ve got a not-so-little-list

by blog on August 21, 2019

As some day it may happen that a vigneron must be found, I’ve got a little list — I’ve got a little list Of Georgian growers who bury clay pots underground, And who would certainly be missed — who would utterly be missed! There’s the Chateauneuf growers who have… well, you do the maths — […]

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Latest US Arrivals

by blog on August 21, 2019

The latest batch of US wines to have hit our shores contain some real summer slurpers from Populis and Evan Lewandowski, some new wines from Kelley Fox, Minimus and Martha Stoumen and plenty of fresh new vintages. New in from California (& Utah!) Martha Stoumen Wines, California Martha has chosen to work with sun-loving grapes: […]

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Doug Pores Over: Decanting

August 18, 2019

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go —T. S. Eliot It is scientifically proven that aeration through decanting a wine does not serve to soften the tannins. The great Emile Peynaud was adamant that wine did not benefit from extended exposure to oxygen, which is […]

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Doug Decants: Damejeanne from La Garagista

August 16, 2019

The project known as La Garagista Farm + Winery began in 2010. In essence, Deirdre and Caleb farm three parcels of co-planted, alpine varietals that are horticultural crosses of vinifera and native riparia and labrusca vines. The family trees of these varietals are quite baroque and uniquely American. They practice biodynamics and also pull from […]

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Les Caves discovers…Calabria!

August 15, 2019

Sometimes known as Italy’s toe, and divided from Sicily by the narrow Strait of Messina, Calabria juts out between the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Seas. Its northern border with Basilicata, meanwhile, is marked by the southern Apennine peaks. In this hot region tempered by breezes off the sea and cool air flowing down from the […]

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Book Review: Cultural Insurrection by Jonathan Nossiter

July 23, 2019

Cultural Insurrection: A Manifesto for the Arts, Agriculture and Natural Wine – Jonathan Nossiter Jonathan Nossiter grew up variously in France, England (where apparently, and unbeknownst to each other, we attended the same prep school in North London), Italy, Greece and India. He studied painting at the Beaux Arts in Paris and at the San Francisco […]

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A Humble Alternative to the Top Fifty Vineyards in the World

July 23, 2019

A recent report (voted by “experts”) listed the Top Fifty Vineyards in the World. It seemed more about companies with edifice complexes, than anything to do vineyards, vines, terroir and the people involved in making the wine. The quality of tourist facilities, fanciness of the restaurants, architectural meretriciousness and opulent surroundings were evidently the criteria […]

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Doug Decants: Continental Platter

July 23, 2019

Sac à Main Balinais Pinot Noir & Pot à Cab Sav Continental Platter is a partnership between Les Caves de Pyrene and our Australian distribution partners, Puncheon Bottles, born from an unrewarding search for big-production, Australian wines that we not only wanted to drink but that were also available for distribution in the local Australian […]

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About a Book

July 19, 2019

Wine is, or should be, a liberating influence. It should inspire us, make us happy, unlock our creativity and passion. Then we write a book about it. Because, as the cliché goes, everyone has one book in them. A few years ago, at The Real Wine Fair, I was minding the beeswax on a bottle […]

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Drinking Outside The Box: The Les Caves de Pyrène Autumn Trade Tasting!

July 17, 2019

The Les Caves autumn trade tasting will take place in the Hellenic Centre on Paddington Street in Marylebone on Monday 23rd September 2019. Entitled, ‘Drinking Outside The Box’, it will once again be one of our tastings with a difference, an attempt to refresh wine categorisation and allow the opportunity to make people think a […]

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