Unicorn Wines: Part Three

by blog on December 8, 2017

Unicornucopia! There are wines which are so rare because to make them requires nature to smile on the vineyard, or for the vigneron to feel that the quality of the wine justifies a specific micro-vinification of the grapes. These are the unicorns, the hens’ teeth, the unicorns’ teeth, even. Their beauty arises from their singularity; […]

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Of Cult and Icon Wines

by blog on December 4, 2017

Petrus – What is the wine about? Imagine a cathedral lit with every light and line focused on the high altar. And on the altar, very reverently placed, intensely there, a stave of oak, a punnet of blackcurrants and the gospel according to Robert Parker. (With apologies to HG Wells) Bernard: The older the wine, […]

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Unicorn Wines: Part Two

November 30, 2017

Unicornucopia! There are wines which are so rare because to make them requires nature to smile on the vineyard, or for the vigneron to feel that the quality of the wine justifies a specific micro-vinification of the grapes. These are the unicorns, the hens’ teeth, the unicorns’ teeth, even. Their beauty arises from their singularity; […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of Antonino Caravaglio

November 28, 2017

Nature is an aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher things within us. -Novalis The history of artisanal winemaking in the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicilia essentially begins with five Spanish families, one of which is Caravaglio. These noble pioneers were invited to travel to these wild, volcanic islands […]

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The Natural Wine Idioticon

November 22, 2017

A is for additives such as acidification. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it and if it is broke if the fault of the way the wine is made in the vineyard. Also for adulteration. Also for amphora, autochthonous grapes, ancestral method (sparkling wines), aldehydes, artisan and ambient (ferment). A is for alcohol level which […]

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A Pocketful of Natural Wines near Rye

November 15, 2017

This is a follow up to the recent Q & A with Ben Walgate of Tillingham (which is the name of Ben’s nascent wine project in East Sussex). Outside of the house in Peasmarsh, East Sussex that Ben Walgate is about to move into, there is a wild vine. This year it has yielded a […]

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Nouveau Nouveau: Christina Rasmussen

November 13, 2017

Bojo Nouveau is vieux chapeau, n’est-ce pas? By no means! Christina Rasmussen describes how we are falling in love with a new style of new juice. Christina works as wine pr for Westbury Communications where she has special responsibility for Wines of Beaujolais. She also contributes to The Buyer magazine on a variety of subjects. […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of Didier Barral (Faugères)

November 10, 2017

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. –Henry David Thoreau This Renaissance man, naturalist, and biodynamic maven commands tremendous respect among his peers for his visionary approach to topics like soil management, pest control, and drought mitigation in his vineyards –Kermit […]

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Unicorn Wines: Part One

November 6, 2017

Unicornucopia! There are wines which are so rare because to make them requires nature to smile on the vineyard, or for the vigneron to feel that the quality of the wine justifies a specific micro-vinification of the grapes. These are the unicorns, the hens’ teeth, the unicorns’ teeth, even. Their beauty arises from their singularity; […]

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New and grooving wines

October 30, 2017

Forthcoming new and grooving wines   Natural Burgundy, Napoleon’s favourite tipple (sort of), rare volcanic gems, tiny production single vineyard Barolo, a natural Retsina (yes!), a cool Malbec-dominated wine from a high vineyard and (drumroll, please)…our first Hungarian wine! Romains of the day The Sarnin-Berrux winery is located in the beautiful village of Monthelie, perfectly situated […]

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