So what’s happening to The Real Wine Fair? The Real Wine Fair will continue, but instead of a one-off big two day tasting, it will comprise a year-long series of small events. Would you elaborate? The structure of Real Wine has always been about integrating a large growers’ tasting within a month-long promotion of organic, […]

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This interview originally appeared in the online publication, In Search of Taste. Head over there to read it in its full form. Jamie Goode is an author with a PhD in plant biology, and is the wine columnist for The Sunday Express. He also contributes to wine publications such as Harpers, The World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Noble Rot, GrapesTALK and Sommelier Journal. Goode published the book Wine Science: […]

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The Return of Panda Jerk-Show

September 15, 2014
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How Natural is Unnatural Our occasional guest blogger Panda Jerk-Show turns up the anti-natural-wine vitriol to gas Mark Two Although my blog is not solely devoted to the scourge of natural wine it is well known that I am eternally vigilant, and that any juxtaposition of the words natural and wine in the blogosphere triggers […]

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New fish on the block

September 8, 2014
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 Don Bocarte – Grand Cru Anchovies & Tuna  Les Caves de Pyrène is proud to announce that we will now be representing Don Bocarte  as their UK agent! Don Bocarte will be supplying us with a range of sumptuous fish products including anchovies and tuna… enough to make anyone’s mouth water. As governed by ‘Conservas Selección […]

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The Accidental Death of the Wine Writer

September 3, 2014
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Andrew Jefford once announced at a European blogger’s conference that the wine writer is dead. We weren’t aware that he had been ill, but as the last typewriter rolled off the typing press last week we can truly concur that the wine column has finally crumbled into irrelevance. Once upon a time Michael Broadbent carved […]

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Natural whine week

August 19, 2014
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Tis been a loony tunes few weeks in the world of vin nature, featuring a slew of lycanthropic articles that one surely associates with the presence of the full moon. It being a super moon the lunar utterances have been amplified into full throttle howling and breast-beating. You have to laugh and remember that most […]

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THE AUSSIES HAVE LANDED! (Part 2)

August 15, 2014
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TOM SHOBBROOK & DIDI, BAROSSA Smashability…. Tom picked up the Gourmet Traveller/Wine Australia medal in 2010 for Best Young Winemaker. He’s self taught, learning much of his trade in Italy. He built the shed in which he works, by hand. He’s into biodynamics in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the winery. He doesn’t do cultivated yeasts, […]

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THE AUSSIES HAVE LANDED! (Part 1)

August 13, 2014

Return to Egg You’ve doubtless read that a dynamic wine culture has recently been rearing its irreverent head in Australia. Of course, the situation is considerably more complex than that – but, in a nutshell, the way Australia has been marketed in the last decade or so has been counter-productive in terms of advancing its […]

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What is Deliciousness Part 2: The Stepford Wines

August 7, 2014
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The philosophy of selling the brand is much like having your glass of cheap plonk and drinking it. To satisfy the thirsty market, wines are produced in vast quantities which, by definition, have to maintain a minimum level of consistency, yet the rationale of a brand is to sell more and gain greater market share […]

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What is deliciousness? Part One

August 4, 2014
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‘My glass was filled with a light red wine poured from a pitcher, left on the table. I was relaxed, carefree and happy. Oh, how ruby bright that wine was; it gleamed in the sunlight. I remember clearly its enticing aroma – youthful but with a refinement that surprised me. The wine was sweetly exotic: […]

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