Macabeo – Myths Macabeo – The Scottish grape. Maceration – Describes the process of drinking wine from lunch through to dinner without a break. Sardonic maceration is when drinking leads to short bursts of mocking humour. Macroclimate – Macro, Meso and Micro – the terroir version of the Bronte sisters. Mad Wine – Wine that […]


Every wine event has its own unique feeling, one animated by the energy of those exhibiting feeding off the moods of those coming to taste. The wines are the further catalyst for the enjoyment, but they also give their energy to and take their energy from the dispositions of those present. The buzz of collective […]


Doug’s Decants

January 28, 2016

Keep your eyes on the wines: 2014 Vin de France, Melonix, Jo Landron This is Melon ++. Melon as in Muscadet. But with a natural malolactic and no sulphur added. First pour is tight, the wine coiled in a spicy-leesy knot. The wine unwinds with air and with a few hours under its belt reveals […]

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Small is beautiful…and occasionally annoying

January 26, 2016

Smart-Allocation Wines “Teach a parrot the terms “supply and demand” and you’ve got an economist.” Thomas Carlyle When demand starts to exceed supply in any walk of life the value of the product increases proportionately, all of which further fuels the notion of its desirability as a commodity. This is nothing to do with intrinsic […]

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Chatting with: Sylvie Augereau

January 20, 2016

Sylvie Augereau is one of France’s most prolific wine writers and is a passionate spokesperson for natural wine. Sylvie is the founder of La Dive Bouteille, heralded as the world’s largest annual natural wine exhibition, which takes place in the Loire this year from the 31st January-1st February. Sylvie recently took the time to answer some questions about her experiences […]

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Aussie Awesomesauce

January 13, 2016

Throw another turkey on the barbie, pin back thy lugs ye figjams and mollydookers cos we’re stoked to announce some serious new true blue grog as we swiftly decant our latest odds and sods from Down Under. Anton van Klopper AKA Domaine Lucci has vineyards in the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills and buys […]

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I predict a quiet riot: Forecasting 2016

January 8, 2016

There is a saying that even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. Trends, by definition, are rootless and transient, yet wine commentators are often falling over themselves to identify the latest one. Hence Riesling may be the new Viognier which was the new Sauvignon which was the new Chardonnay. Wine trends […]

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Out with the old: Les Caves de P’s 2015

January 4, 2016

Viennese Swirl In with the Austrians. We began the year with a tasting focusing on some new Austrian agencies being the Styrian wines of Andreas Tscheppe, Sepp Muster and Franz Strohmeier who are part of a quintet of growers called Schmeck das Leben, a group united by friendship, philosophy and methodology. They make slow, careful, […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: L

December 22, 2015

Label – Luxury Cuvée Label – Never judge a label by its wine. Labels – Did you know that the text on all wine back labels is written by the same salad-munching, white & some red meat (with fish)-eating teetotaller? Label Junkies – There is an argument that, in the interest of transparency, labels should […]

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Wise After the Event: Les Caves at Three Wine Men

December 17, 2015

Whilst we do many small and varied tastings for the trade it’s so important to connect properly with the public and tell the real stories about the wines. Whilst Les Cavistes are always happy to perform as speaking guns for hire for wine dinners and masterclasses, we have tended to shy away from the larger […]

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