Dame to Dung Dame – “The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France.” -Sam Diamond in Murder by Death (1976) Dame 2 – There is nothing like a dame in wine. La […]

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The Rugby Wine Cup Runneth Over

by blog on August 25, 2015

As the Rugby World Cup approaches we take a highly partial squint at the wine form book. As usual it will be decided by how many tries there are in the vineyard and how many consumers are converted. New Zealand … AKA The ALL NOIRS. Boast a fluid formation with a mobile pack of interchangeable […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: C

August 21, 2015
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Cahors (and Cassoulet) to Cult Wine Cahors (and cassoulet) - Those of you who don’t have duck fat coursing through your veins look away now for this a paean to three C’s: cassoulet, Cahors and cholesterol. Certain foods take me back to places I’ve never been and conjure effortlessly a John-Major style misty-eyed epiphany: The ploque […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: B

August 18, 2015
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Bandwagon to Burgundy Bandwagon – ‘If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late’ said Sir James Goldsmith. Unfortunately, too many bandwagons rumble on flattening everything in their path. The frenzied planting of Chardonnay and Cabernet revealed the blinkered sensibility, an hysterical mercenary attitude, wherein vines were perceived as a pure commodity, a means to producing […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: A

August 18, 2015
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Behind the winespeak If you really want to know your Alsace from your Elbling here is a sideways squint at the real meaning beneath the language of wine… ABC – Fed up with Chardonnay? Can’t be bothered to come to the Cabernet, old chum? Then you need Anodyne, the alternative grape variety remedy guaranteed to […]

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The Ethos of Taste

August 10, 2015
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A Guest Post by Arnold Waldstein Arnold is a marketing and business strategist, blogger, wine geek and New Yorker. He has been drinking, thinking and writing about Natural Wines every since David Lillie of Chambers Street Wines sold him his first bottle some 10 years ago. Follow Arnold on Facebook and Twitter!   People taste […]

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Revving up the Revolution: Part Two

August 4, 2015
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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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Dancing Angels and the Joy of Wine

July 31, 2015

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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