“I had that Bertrand Russell in the back of my cab once. So I asked him, “Well, Mr Russell, what’s it all about?” And do you know – he couldn’t tell me!” A cab driver funnily enough asked me what I thought about wine, and, lacking a pat ontological response, I went puffing in many […]

{ 0 comments }

Post image for The World According To Grape

The World According To Grape

by blog on January 20, 2015

“I am a possibilist. I believe that humanity is master of its own fate… Before we can change direction, we have to question many of the assumptions underlying our current philosophy. Assumptions like bigger is better; you can’t stop progress; no speed is too fast; globalization is good. Then we have to replace them with some […]

{ 0 comments }

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Artisan

January 16, 2015
Thumbnail image for The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Artisan

 At the beginning of each year I don an oenomancer’s spangly pointed hat, decant a colfondo Prosecco, examine the true lies of its wiggly wine sediment, sniff the prevailing wine wind, and pretend to prog-nose-ticate, despite the fact that the whirligig of wine will inevitably bring in the same-old, possibly even more so. The wine […]

Read the full article →

Wine au Naturel podcast: an audio interview with Anna Martens

January 9, 2015
Thumbnail image for Wine au Naturel podcast: an audio interview with Anna Martens

Ever wondered who the Anna is behind ‘Vino di Anna’, a label which, despite tiny quantities, has made its way onto the shelves and menus of many of the world’s leading wines shops and bars? It’s Anna Martens, none other than wife of Les Caves‘s Grand Fromage Eric Narioo. Anna is a highly experienced winemaker, […]

Read the full article →

Returning Georgians and Lesser-Spotted Schuellers

January 8, 2015
Thumbnail image for Returning Georgians and Lesser-Spotted Schuellers

Georgia –back to the future again As a country Georgia has been in our hearts and minds for several years.  And you can’t discuss Georgian wines without putting them into their historical and cultural perspective. Once upon a time wild grape juice turned into wine when it was left buried through the winter in a shallow […]

Read the full article →

Old Australians and New Austrians

January 5, 2015
Thumbnail image for Old Australians and New Austrians

 Retreat, Australians Fair In October 2014 we were delighted to welcome three of our Australian growers – Anton von Klopper, Tom Shobbrook and Pat Sullivan – who embarked on two week UK tour, presenting not only their wines but those from fellow like-minded Aussie vignerons. They camped, they cooked, they drank, they partied, they did […]

Read the full article →

The 2014 Totally Arbitrary Wine Awards

December 22, 2014
Thumbnail image for The 2014 Totally Arbitrary Wine Awards

Everyone seems to be booking their end-of-the-year egoic flight of fancy, so apologies for my boring and opinionated end-of-the-year list of mainly goodies with the odd hiss-boo baddie thrown in, and for doling out virtual awards like candy at Halloween. The wines one loves are always personal, but most of the wines I drank and […]

Read the full article →

The art & nature of wine transformation: Part 2

December 19, 2014
Thumbnail image for The art & nature of wine transformation: Part 2

Continued from Part 1… Something from something Here’s the rub. Nothing can come of nothing.  The Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius expressed this principle in his first book of De Rerum Natura Principium: Principium cuius hinc nobis exordia sumet, nullam rem e nihilo gigni divinitus umquam Transformation is integral to wine. In certain vineyards where the soils […]

Read the full article →

The art & nature of wine transformation: Part 1

December 16, 2014
Thumbnail image for The art & nature of wine transformation: Part 1

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed ~ Thomas Huxley The subject of wine (not just the wine itself) is sometimes in danger of becoming an intellectual dead-end due to the rigorous-to-the-point-of-being-hamstrung appliance of science in almost every facet of our understanding and appreciation of wine. Not just applying it to the manufacture of […]

Read the full article →

Natural Resistance: The struggle for the soil and soul of wine. Part 3

December 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for Natural Resistance: The struggle for the soil and soul of wine. Part 3

Read Parts 1 and 2 here. Natural Resistance – man against machine Jonathan Nossiter’s film Natural Resistance presents the struggle of the artisan vigneron for the life and soul of the land, their land, against a bureaucratic machine (for want of a better word). The central governance where decisions are taken in secret for the […]

Read the full article →