As we get summery in dear old Blighty here is a summary of 2016 so far… Gimme skin (contact)  Oranges may not be the only fruit (grapes are!), nor the only colour, but you would be forgiven for thinking that 50 Shades of Grey had been supplanted by 50 shades of vin gris in terms […]

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Dragonflies, Stag Beetles, Salamanders and Butterflies Andreas Tscheppe is part of the Styrian quintet of vignerons called Schmeck das Leben (Taste of Life). He has small vineyard parcels in a few locations and a corner of a cellar in his brother, Ewald’s house, where he makes his wine. He only makes white wines from Sauvignon, […]

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Doug Decants: Champers, Jura-tastic, a raft of Rafas, & wonders from the New World

July 14, 2016

Focus on Champagne Marie-Courtin Champagne Marie Courtin is located in the village of Polisot in the Côte des Bars, in the southern part of the Champagne region. With its slightly warmer temperatures, this area is particularly prized for its Pinot Noir grapes. Combined with the Kimmeridgean limestone sub soils, the champagnes retain a freshness similar […]

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Three De-Gris from NZ

July 12, 2016

New Zealand is viewed by many and sundry as the Land of the Long White Sauvignon, a drink on the river gravel rocks topped with mint and elderflower pressé. Les Caves, however, dwells in a world of pleasing uncertainty, a world where jokers and yeasts are wild, liquid is invariably turbid and critical opinion is […]

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An Audience with Pierre Overnoy and Emmanuel Houillon

July 8, 2016

…at Terroirs Wine Bar In the quiet village of Pupillin just north of Arbois is a sign beside the road that proudly announces: ‘World Capital of Ploussard’. It was vigneron Pierre Overnoy who established the unyielding purist precept that wines should be made without the addition of sulphur. Pierre’s father originally made zero-sulphur wine, but Pierre, […]

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The Pyrenees Go to Austria: Day 3 – Sepp Muster

July 5, 2016

We arrived at Sepp and Maria Muster’s beautiful house in Leutschach, southern Styria in the early evening with the weather just beginning to turn. The vineyards were in fine fettle. Daisy-carpeted, clover-sweet grass was shooting up between the rows. Sepp modestly introduced himself and the vines. Here was another living vineyard. Sepp does not adhere […]

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Doug Decants: Domain Yoyo, Austrian Belle Naturelle, Barbera-ians, & sans soufre Cru Beaujolais

June 30, 2016

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 […]

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If it ain’t broke don’t Brexit

June 30, 2016

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 […]

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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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