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Feats of Clay

by blog on March 27, 2015

 Real Wine Fair Events Presents… Feats of Clay Tasting * 21st April 2015   The terracotta vessel has made a triumphant comeback in winemaking and we are seeing its increasingly frequent use by leading growers in countries like Georgia (where the qvevri is part of the cultural heritage) and throughout Italy and Spain where clay […]

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Weingut Jurtschitsch is a very important winery in the Kamptal, with a rich history. The press house is from the 16th century and they have an enormous 700 year-old natural, cool cellar that used to belong to a monastery. Here you can wander through almost endless passageways with an extraordinary array of barrels and foudres […]

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Natural Resistance at The 26th Cork French Film Festival

March 24, 2015
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Natural Resistance at The 26th Cork French Film Festival   Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino, a documentary about the globalization of the wine industry was short-listed for the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 2004, one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival. Although he didn’t foresee returning to the topic until last summer […]

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Kamptal Journey: Part 2 – M & A Arndorfer

March 19, 2015
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Growing up in the vineyards and cellar of his parents’ estate in Strass, Martin Arndorfer comes from a long line of winemakers. Anna Steininger is the daughter of one of the top and most respected wine makers in Austria, Karl Steininger, quite simply, they are a match made in ‘wine’ heaven. Both born with a […]

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Kamptal Journey: Part One – Intro & tasting with Matthias Warnung

March 17, 2015
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Welcome to Kamptal, the northernmost of three important virtually contiguous wine regions in Niederösterreich (and the largest in surface area and production), the others being Kremstal and Wachau. There is some climatic variation, and within each region there are various microclimatic peculiarities, but what determines what is planted where and the stylistic outcomes of the […]

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New Wines: France

March 13, 2015
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 La Nouvelle et La Belle With the brouhaha surrounding our new Spanish & Italian interlopers confidently twirling their moustachioes you would be forgiven to speculate that we had forgotten about France in our latest buying round. Pas du tout! Here are some of the new arrivals and imminent visitors. We are partial to white Mediterranean […]

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‘Outliers’ – The Australian Wine Paradigm Shift

March 11, 2015
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This post first appeared on The Wine Idealist blog. View the original HERE. A few years ago the vigneron-group Natural Selection Theory (NST), comprising three growers, submitted a wine called NST Project Egg Runway 3 to the Australian Wine Board for export approval. It was a Hunter Valley Semillon fermented in ceramic eggs. The export license was refused […]

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New Wines!

March 2, 2015
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The Gain in Spain is mainly in the mountains Despite the flowers peeking through the earth, spring hasn’t even officially sprung yet we are hearing the first cheep-cheep (and less cheap) of fledgling wines in the Caves portfolio. Our Spanish nest has several chirpy denizens squawking for attention. We are delighted to be working with […]

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Ugly Wine Words: Part Two

February 26, 2015
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Reposted from July 2014 Read Part One HERE PEEP JARGON Consultants of swing? Bespoke Service, or “service” as it should be called, is offered by consultants to differentiate their efforts from those of others. It implies that the elevated service in question is personal (as opposed to??) and specifically tailored to the requirements of the […]

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Ugly Wine Words: Part One

February 21, 2015
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Reposted from July 2014 Vinonsense We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.  –William Zinsser Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.  –Eric Bentley You’d need an industry primer (which doesn’t exist) […]

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