Speaking of orange, the new film Skin Contact by Bottled Films features our very own Sir Wregg along with several of our growers. Watch the preview and head to Bottled Films’s website after 16th June 2016 to download it in its entirety! Every year winemakers get one crack at making the best wine they can. Some […]


Plan ahead to save money and ensure you get the most out of your time at the fair! Are you a member of the PUBLIC? Purchase tickets online until 6pm Saturday 16th April and save £5.00! (Tickets can be purchased at the door for £20.) Are you a member of the TRADE? Register your name in advance on the […]


Seminal Seminars: The latest word on the spoken words

April 8, 2016

Throughout The Real Wine Fair, we will be holding a series of seminars & masterclasses from several guest speakers. Due to their popularity in previous years, spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event. SUNDAY, 17TH APRIL 13:00 – Q&A with Alice Feiring Author, journalist and […]

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Why you should be at the Real Wine Fair

April 1, 2016

 2 WEEKS TO GO…   SO MANY REASONS TO COME TO THE REAL WINE FAIR: Try a wine made from a blend of 400 grape varieties Meet a former punk musician-turned-winemaker Taste a wine made from a completely wild vineyard in Chile Discover a wine made from a vineyard that has been going for 1,100 years […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: P (part one)

March 29, 2016

Paarl – Pink, Pretty In Paarl – Comes before wines in South Africa. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh – A quasi-masonic ritual observed in Gascon restaurants whereby you will only be able to order the wine if you can actually pronounce it. If you fail three times in this endeavour, a portal into hell will open. Padthaway […]

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A Digression Concerning Snobbery

March 23, 2016

During the time of the year that people would like to re-invent themselves, some thoughts about what Donald Rumsfeld might call the certain uncertainties of the biz we are in. Uncertainty is healthy, chaos is energy and revolution pushes the boundaries. Until recently people have tended to revere institutional reputations from the Royal Family, politicians […]

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Doug Decants: Rhone, South Africa, & Northwest USA

March 17, 2016

Domaine des Miquettes – Saint-Joviality Domaine des Miquettes was created by Paul Estève and Chrystelle Vareille in 2003 in the village of Cheminas, a small village located on the high plateau above Tournon and Secheras, two towns located in the southern part of the Saint Joseph appellation. Paul and Chrystelle took over the farm from […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: O

March 15, 2016

Oak – Oyster Oak – I’m getting oak with plummy overtones I’m getting screwed on alimony –Frasier Oaked (pejorative) – eye of oak newt; essence of vanillin toad. Can be used to enrich or to cover up. Worst examples see the incarcerated and desiccated fruit flavours as mute witnesses reduced to blinking through the interstices […]

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Recaredo: Cava not Cava

March 10, 2016

For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment: to produce terroir wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès as honestly and transparently as possible. They make only vintage brut nature cavas with a distinctive character marked by long ageing. Recaredo seek to ensure the natural balance of the vine in the vineyard, […]

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The Real Alternative Wine Glossary: N

March 8, 2016

Nacarat to Numerology   Nacarat – Bright orange-red colour, useful to have for tasting notes and the name of an occasional wine from Claude Courtois. Nagyburgundi – Hungarian synonym for Blaufrankisch and a language spoken in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Nahe – A playground taunt in the German wine world when discussing the innate […]

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