A little bit of Jekyll, a little bit of Hyde – Rory Gallagher I can’t second guess the intention of an amorphous group of critics and commentators any more than they can claim to pronounce authoritatively on all naturally-made wines, natural growers and natural wine enthusiasts. A succession of articles, blogs and pronouncements appeared in rapid […]

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Rather than spending their lives defending nomenclature, delving into semantic nuances and untangling gossamer philosophical niceties, natural wine drinkers – copains & copines alike – drink wine. Which seems the natural thing to do. Unlike their more judgmental confreres in the wine trade they tend not to couch their opinions in the now-devalued currency of […]

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Revving up the Revolution: Part One

July 28, 2015
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When I first became interested in wine I was instructed to taste in a certain way, to break wine down into its constituent parts and to assess analytically (and dismissively). Cleanliness was next to godliness; true wine would never, and should never, deviate from the “tasting chart norm”. Every professional I knew was educated in […]

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We’ve got a not-so-little-list

July 21, 2015
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“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order.” Umberto Eco As some day it may happen that a vigneron must be found, I’ve got a little list — I’ve got a little list […]

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Thoughts on Tasting and Tasters

July 15, 2015
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Looking at the glass-twitchers, sniffers and slurpers at a recent Les Caves de Pyrene tasting made me think that tasting is as much about mood as anything. The more generic the tasting the more you will be seeking correctness and typicity and points of reference; a small-grower-predominantly-natural-wine tasting compels one to jettison certainties and open […]

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So you don’t like natural wines – help is at hand!

July 14, 2015
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A guest post by Jamie Goode Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. He contributes regularly to a range of publications worldwide. His first book, Wine Science, was published in 2006 with a second edition released in 2o14. Jamie is also a highly sought after […]

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Austria and Oregon: random thoughts on recent buying trips. Part 2

July 10, 2015
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Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but is particularly indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems. –Thomas Macaulay Marketing wine depends on presenting generalisations as inalienable truths […]

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Austria and Oregon: random thoughts on recent buying trips

July 7, 2015
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Part One – Roots  “Our native soil draws all of us, by I know not what sweetness, and never allows us to forget.” –The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters, Ovid I’ve been reflecting on successive trips to Austria and a more recent foray into Oregon. One abiding thought is that you […]

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A revolutionary wine survey about wine surveys: our trends

July 3, 2015
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A revolutionary wine survey about wine surveys has once again exposed the vast chasm in our knowledge about the drinking habits of Joe and Joanna public and thereby pointed out the irrefutable need for more wine surveys. Incontrovertible research demonstrates that people living below the poverty line tended to spend less on a bottle of […]

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Everything you need to know about Oregon wine…

June 23, 2015
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Portland A little local colour never comes amiss, so I will describe it as blandly and monochromatically as possible. Portland lies in the Marine west coast climate region, marked by warm, dry summers and rainy but temperate winters. The Cascade Range dominates the horizon. The ubiquitous conical Mount Hood, another Fuji clone, and the still […]

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