The Les Caves autumn trade tasting will take place in the Hellenic Centre on Paddington Street in Marylebone on Monday 23rd September 2019. Entitled, ‘Drinking Outside The Box’, it will once again be one of our tastings with a difference, an attempt to refresh wine categorisation and allow the opportunity to make people think a […]

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Not another rosé article! No, not another rosé article – by this or any other name – to out-frivol the pink drink. Time, wethinks, to put some perspective into the matter and rain on some sun-bleached summer parades.  Seasonal, yes, in that myriad articles every summer are rehashed, all invariably extolling the mimsy virtues of […]

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New and Forthcoming Arrivals in July!

July 8, 2019

In the last newsletter, we highlighted some of our most recent additions and forthcoming arrivals. Now the rivers of wine are positively flowing with the Jurassic stuff; at last, we are plump with Ploussard and Pinot again and relatively savvy with Savagnin. And whatever alliterative “t” word describes being topped with Trousseau. Check out our […]

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Doug Decants: Monte dall’Ora, Vino Nato Disobbediente

July 8, 2019

When Alessandra and Carlo Venturini first discovered Monte dall’Ora it was love at first sight. As children of farmers, they were excited and challenged by the hard work it was going to take to restore these ancient vineyards. Located in Castellroto, in the hills outside of Verona, the vineyards of Monte dall’Ora are planted on […]

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What’s the deal with vegan wines?

June 25, 2019

Vegan wines. A storm in an egg cup? Generally speaking, very few of our wines are fined with gelatine, casein, albumen or isinglass. Either they are not fined at all, or are fined with bentonite clay. So far, so easy. If 80% of the wines in our portfolio (say) are vegan-friendly by this definition, why […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of Beckham Estate

June 24, 2019

Beckham Estate, Oregon USA In 2004, Andrew, a ceramics artist and High School ceramist teacher and his wife Annedria, purchased land on the Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA near Sherwood, to build a studio for Andrew’s budding art career. They were inspired by their neighbours with 20-year-old vines to begin growing Pinot Noir. In […]

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Guest Post: Winemaking and What It Really Means

June 24, 2019

A Personal A to Z by Hannah Fuellenkemper A year ago I moved to France. I was vaguely hoping one day to make wine, when out of the blue turning-thirty got involved, and me anxious to get my brand-new boots on the ground and my head out of the clouds. So, I bought some books, packed […]

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New Arrivals from France!

June 19, 2019

Now is the summer of our replenishment. Looking out the window at the mizzle as I write this, I think summer may be an exaggeration, but the wine coffers will nevertheless be full-to-bursting with a mixture of new vintages and the odd newcomer. And by the time I finish this, the sun will be out. […]

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Another Rare Unicorn: U.V.A from Panevino

June 12, 2019

Pull up an armchair and warm your interest in wine at the crackling fire of extreme passion. This is the story of Gianfranco Manca, formerly a baker, who, having taken over his uncle’s bakery made delicious, prize-worthy Sardinian breads, decided to use his yeasty experience to naturally vinify some wines. And never, other than his […]

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Reflecting about Wine Writing

June 11, 2019

I would like to write in a way that provokes thought without provoking people, and I would like to read writers who have the passion and intellectual clarity (and curiosity) to do the same. I was reflecting on wine writing this week. Each week, in between drinking bottles of deathlessly beautiful wine, I try to […]

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