A long drive awaited us on our second full day in Cali but we had oodles of time to burn, a hungry Mustang to eat up the mileage and some touristic bucket on our list to kick over. Big Sur is a wild hinterland-on-the-sea around the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise steeply from the Pacific Ocean. Although it […]


Doug Decants: Pet Natty Spats

by blog on May 26, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the moment anyone even mentions the words “summer” and “rosé” in the same sentence then the heavens inevitablu open and decant merrily on this hubris. Ne’ertheless. This is the time when the last grams of sugar have been duly converted and the first Pet Nats begin to buzz […]


Letter to and from America: Part One

May 23, 2016

From LA to Los Alamos to Paso Robles Lo-Fi Wines to AmByth Estate We flew into LA Airport aka the stale prince of hell air with its long and long-suffering snail-queues, the air of mass incomprehension, and triple-layered bureaucracy. Having finally penetrated the inner and outer rings of security we emerged into the cacophony of […]

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Real Wine Fair Videos: Elena Panaleoni, La Stoppa

May 17, 2016

Watch Elena at the Real Wine Fair 2016 talk what ‘real wine’ means to her: And here’s a bit about La Stoppa: Elena Pantaleoni’s father, a printer, bought the property in Rivergaro, Emilia in 1973. The vineyards were predominantly planted with international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon as was the […]

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Real Wine Fair Videos: John Wurdeman of Pheasant’s Tears

May 11, 2016

It was, as always, a pleasure to have John Wurdeman at the Real Wine Fair 2016. In addition to pouring his soulful wines, John and a few of his fellow Georgian winemakers presented a seminar on wine and Georgian folk culture, broke into spontaneous polyphonic song mid-fair, and hosted an unforgettable Georgian supra (traditional feast) […]

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Real Wine Fair videos: Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa

May 6, 2016

“How does a New Zealander who grew up in South Africa end up starting an iconoclastic estate in the Roussillon?” says Tom Lubbe’s U.S. importer Louis-Dressner on their website. “This isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence, but so it goes for Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa. In the late 90’s, Tom was working at the only […]

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Doug Decants:

May 2, 2016

Matassa Cuvée Alexandria from Tom Lubbe, a true beauty of a flaming sunset of a desert island wine. From the Muscat of Alexandria, a synonym of which is Tottenham Park Muscat. Yes, sing the song of the orange-tree, With its leaves of velvet green: With its luscious fruit of sunset hue, The fairest that ever were […]

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Orange-boom and the irresistible rise of skin contact wines

April 28, 2016

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 […]

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Going to the Real Wine Fair this Sunday? Plan ahead!

April 12, 2016

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 […]

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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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