Extracting sunbeams from cucumbers may be beyond their capabilities, but some oenologists seem to have the alchemical inclination to squeeze base gold out of simple grape juice. Wanting more from less is akin to seeking fool’s gold. Discovering what the wine has within it and expressing that accordingly relies on sensitive taste and touch, as […]

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Joseph Di Blasi is a blogger and natural wine importer now based in Poland. Joseph chats with us about the wine culture in both Poland and Norway (his former stomping grounds), the difficulties of importing natural wines, the controversy surrounding the word ‘natural’, as well as some of his favourite growers. Have a listen! Read […]

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Going to work on an egg

November 12, 2014
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An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different.” – Oscar Wilde “Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.”  – Russian proverb So we are in the tenebrous basement of Terroirs with Anton Von Klopper, Tom Shobbrook and Patrick Sullivan and a couple of eggs housing their precious Hunter Valley […]

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Mourning Pierre Caslot of Domaine de la Chevalerie

October 27, 2014
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It is with sadness that we learn that Pierre Caslot of Domaine de la Chevalerie has passed away at the age of 62. He will be greatly missed. A larger than life character himself his wines have given us so much pleasure over the years; they are amongst the most articulate in Bourgueil, effectively communicating the particularity of […]

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Return of the Natives: Part 3

October 23, 2014
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Read Parts 1 and 2 here. In the first two parts of this piece about grape varieties and original styles we examined how local regional grapes were beginning to make a comeback. Here we consider the reputation of various commonplace grape varieties and ask whether the modern penchant for style is at the expense of substance […]

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Return of the Natives: Natural winemakers’ revival of autochthonous grape varieties and original styles. Part 2

October 20, 2014
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Continued from Part 1… Refashioning grape reputations It is not just the AOPs that are to blame for certain varieties never falling into fashion. Critical stereotyping seems to occur when there are no obvious standard-bearers for a grape variety. Wine drunk mainly by locals is viewed as having mere quaint yokel value. The Melon de […]

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Return of the Natives: Natural winemakers’ revival of autochthonous grape varieties and original styles. Part 1

October 16, 2014
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I once tasted a Georgian wine that had over 400 grape varieties blended into it. If ever there was a declaration of the symbolic desire to preserve a multi-faceted grape patrimony this was it. Return of the natives Symbolism is not only important – it often goes hand-in-hand with dedicated “grape-culture” rescue missions. Several regions […]

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A Styrian Adventure: Part 2

October 10, 2014

Read Part 1 HERE Dragonflies, Stag Beetles, Salamanders and Butterflies Franz leads us to a layby where Andreas Tscheppe is waiting. Andreas apologises profusely for his lack of English (they all speak excellent English, of course) and takes us to a vineyard on one side of the valley. We learn later this is the Green […]

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A Styrian Adventure – Part One

October 3, 2014
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Styria – History and Regional Overview Viticulture is one of the oldest cultural traditions in Austria. As early as 2500 years ago (about 400 BC), the Celts knew about and availed themselves of the grapes that grew wild in this region. But it was the Romans, of course, who first cultivated extensive vineyards. Evidence of […]

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More New Wines from Spain and Italy!

September 30, 2014
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Celler Comunica, Montsant   Priorat with a sense of humour Celler Comunica is located in the town of Falset, 370 metres above sea level in a dry, Mediterranean climate. The vineyard age ranges from 25 – 75 years. Patri Morillo and Pep Aguilar—the winemaking team known as “Ya Le Llamaremos” (“we’ll call you”) — were […]

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