Lovely article by way of interview by Andrew Jefford in Decanter detailing the unorthodox journey of Les Caves de Pyrene, how we ascended from the depths of rank amateurism (or the ranks of deep amateurism), operating by the skin of our teeth and the flexible friendliness of credit cards, eventually to become respected, known throughout […]

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From Ode to Wine – Pablo Neruda Day-coloured wine, night-coloured wine, wine with purple feet or wine with topaz blood, wine, starry child of earth, wine, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet, wine, spiral-seashelled and full of wonder, amorous, marine; never has one goblet contained you, one song, one man, you are […]

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Drink good wine, not rocket fuel, which is not rocket science.

January 16, 2017

My modest proposal is to ask anyone who is involved in the wine trade, be they importers or retailers, sommeliers or bloggers, to take a step back from what they do every day and consider how they might improve their customers’ (or audience’s) experience and appreciation of wine. This may be a somewhat ancient chestnut […]

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Chatting with: Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope Wines, California

January 13, 2017

“At Matthew Rorick Wines, we love the longshots. We love the outsiders, the lost causes, the people/projects/ideas abandoned as not having a chance in the world. Rare creatures from appellations unknown and varieties uncommon, these wines are our brave advance party, our pride and joy – our Forlorn Hope.” Reading these excerpts from Napa Valley-based […]

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Doug Decants: New wines from Arbois, South Africa, and Itata!

January 10, 2017

Recently Arrivals Nom d’Un Nom d’un Nom d’Un Chien! Playful names to play with: 2015 Straight No Chaser, Hughes Beguet Superb value Arbois blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin from Patrice Hughes-Beguet. Biodynamic and naturally made. Golden apple fruit with leesy spice and a good lift from the natural acidity. 2015 No Control Rockaille-Billy Gamay Old […]

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Bad Moon Rising

January 6, 2017

I’m not sure which day on the Marie Thun calendar the treatise Expectation or Sensorial Reality? An Empirical Investigation of the Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers…,by Wendy V. Parr, Dominique Valentin, Phil Reedman, Claire Grose, James A. Green, was published, but it is safe to say the announcement of its results were a metaphorical root […]

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Fashionable debunking and the over-appliance of science

January 5, 2017

Ignoramus et ignorabimus Over the past few years we have seen numerous attempts to debunk the rationale behind concepts such as biodynamics, terroir, natural wines and minerality. The spirit of disinterested interrogation is one thing; Faux-intellectualism, anthropomorphising science, imbuing it with higher-authority deity-status to give a critical bunk-up and corroborative quasi-credibility to all dismissive arguments, […]

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The Thin Veneer of Civility: Non-Wine Thoughts for 2017

January 3, 2017

–by Doug Wregg We are puppets, Man in his pride, and Beauty fair in her flower; Do we move ourselves, or are moved by an unseen hand at a game That pushes us off from the board, and others ever succeed? Ah yet, we cannot be kind to each other here for an hour; We […]

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Christmas Wines!

December 20, 2016

The perfect wines to crack open this holiday season:BUBBLES Val Frison Lalore Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Because you’re special: Lalore is Val Frison’s pure Chardonnay from the Aube – its beautiful texture and fine bubbles reveal a herbal palate that reminds one of wild rocket. The terroir inflection is reminiscent of superior white Burgundy. Indigenous […]

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2016 in a grape pip

December 20, 2016

Brief remembrance of wine times past…  It was the worst of times, it was the best of wines. The biggest ever Real Wine Fair took place in April 2016, 160 + vignerons from around the world including a healthy contingent from the US, 2,500 +visitors, street food stands and around 30 associated mini events such […]

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