Not another Cru Beaujolais! Fleurie, Clos de la Grand Cour (sans soufre, natch) The estate of Domaine de la Grand Cour dates back to 1969 when it was purchased by Jean Dutraive, making it one of the oldest in the village of Fleurie. Jean Dutraive was joined by his son and fifth generation vigneron Jean-Louis […]


Monsieur/Signor Wregg weighs in on Brexit; viewpoints are his own and not representative of Les Caves de Pyrene as a whole. * You will have read reams on this subject and experienced weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. This is not to revisit the arguments, but rather to gauge the current temperature and look at the wider […]


Look Back In Amber

June 28, 2016

What is pink? a rose is pink By a fountain’s brink. What is red? a poppy’s red In its barley bed. What is blue? the sky is blue Where the clouds float thro’. What is white? a swan is white Sailing in the light. What is yellow? pears are yellow, Rich and ripe and mellow. […]

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The Pyrenees Go Wildbacher in West Styria: Day 2

June 24, 2016

Reasonably bright and fairly early, the Les Caves road crew piled on board the bus to zig towards Vienna and to zag where the Graz was greener on t’other side of Austria, thence to West Styria, one of the most difficult regions (weather-wise) to make wine in this country, but also one of the most […]

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The Pyrenees Go to Austria: Day 1 – Kamptal

June 20, 2016

It is very rare that we have the opportunity to take the whole sales team to a country to meet and spend time with all of our growers. This then was an amazing and thoroughly rewarding trip, one which showed why Austria is gaining such a strong reputation in the wine trade. The personality of […]

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Doug Decants: A trio of Kiwis, Rare Rosé, & The Pyrenees Go to Austria

June 16, 2016

A rosé is not just for Midsummer’s Eve… 3 perky pinks for all year and all time  I don’t know why rosé is always viewed as the Molly Ringwald of wines. You do, after all, come across versions that have the gravitas and ebullient punch of an Albert Einstein being fired out of a circus cannon. This […]

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Real Wine Fair videos: Arianna Occhipinti

June 14, 2016

In the ten years since starting her own label, Arianna Occhipinti and her unforgettable Sicilian wines have come to represent a new generation of wine growers; those focused on natural principles, experimentation, and a sense of honesty, self-expression, and irreverence. Mentored by her uncle, Giusto Occhipinti, whose COS wines (also imported by us!) are regarded […]

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Letter to and from America: Part Five – Natural Wine in…Vermont?!

June 9, 2016

The project known as La Garagista Farm + Winery began in 2010. In essence Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber farm three parcels of co-planted, alpine varietals that are horticultural crosses of vinifera and native riparia and labrusca vines.  The family trees of these varietals are quite baroque and uniquely American. They practice biodynamics and also […]

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Letter to and from America: Part Four

June 7, 2016

Portlandia Oregon has a youthful wine culture that is largely in thrall to certain commercial imperatives. Pinot Noir still rules; the local wine industry wants Brand Oregon to be closely associated with this notionally sophisticated world class grape variety, but many of the wines are overwrought, lush and chocolatey, sacrificing elegance and beauty for crowd-pleasing […]

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Letter to and from America: Part Three

June 1, 2016

New Kids on the Block The Rymesters Megan and Ryan Glaab met in Australia working as seasonal cellar hands at Torbreck Winery. They quickly fell in love and got married. Between the two of them they worked at wineries such as Pax Wine Cellars, Peay Vineyards, Sine Qua Non, and Marcassin before starting Ryme Cellars […]

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