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The Truth About Terroir

by blog on April 15, 2015

Do you believe in terroir? Is it something to believe in? Or is it as vague and questionable as The Great Pumpkin, The Loch Ness Monster and The Moral Rectitude of Bankers? Would you seek to verify each and every protoplasmic primordial atomic globule of evidence to reach a definitive conclusion about the subject or […]

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Nicolas Reau makes several wines including a silky sans soufre Anjou red in cement and a racy white raised in used barrels. Descente aux Amphores Blanc & Rouge is his departure into the world of clay, an elevated yet earthy descent, so to speak. Thierry Germain’s (Domaine des Roche-Neuves) Amphore comes in two colours. His […]

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Language and Wine

April 1, 2015
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Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation. –Noam Chomsky If one thinks that wine is purely the product of form […]

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Feats of Clay

March 27, 2015
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 Real Wine Fair Events Presents… Feats of Clay Tasting * 21st April 2015 Email: pr.events@lescaves.co.uk to register The terracotta vessel has made a triumphant comeback in winemaking and we are seeing its increasingly frequent use by leading growers in countries like Georgia (where the qvevri is part of the cultural heritage) and throughout Italy and Spain where […]

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Kamptal Journey: Part 3 – Alwin Jurtschitsch & Stefanie Hasselbach

March 24, 2015
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Weingut Jurtschitsch is a very important winery in the Kamptal, with a rich history. The press house is from the 16th century and they have an enormous 700 year-old natural, cool cellar that used to belong to a monastery. Here you can wander through almost endless passageways with an extraordinary array of barrels and foudres […]

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Natural Resistance at The 26th Cork French Film Festival

March 24, 2015
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Natural Resistance at The 26th Cork French Film Festival   Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino, a documentary about the globalization of the wine industry was short-listed for the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 2004, one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival. Although he didn’t foresee returning to the topic until last summer […]

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Kamptal Journey: Part 2 – M & A Arndorfer

March 19, 2015
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Growing up in the vineyards and cellar of his parents’ estate in Strass, Martin Arndorfer comes from a long line of winemakers. Anna Steininger is the daughter of one of the top and most respected wine makers in Austria, Karl Steininger, quite simply, they are a match made in ‘wine’ heaven. Both born with a […]

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Kamptal Journey: Part One – Intro & tasting with Matthias Warnung

March 17, 2015
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Welcome to Kamptal, the northernmost of three important virtually contiguous wine regions in Niederösterreich (and the largest in surface area and production), the others being Kremstal and Wachau. There is some climatic variation, and within each region there are various microclimatic peculiarities, but what determines what is planted where and the stylistic outcomes of the […]

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New Wines: France

March 13, 2015
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 La Nouvelle et La Belle With the brouhaha surrounding our new Spanish & Italian interlopers confidently twirling their moustachioes you would be forgiven to speculate that we had forgotten about France in our latest buying round. Pas du tout! Here are some of the new arrivals and imminent visitors. We are partial to white Mediterranean […]

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‘Outliers’ – The Australian Wine Paradigm Shift

March 11, 2015
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This post first appeared on The Wine Idealist blog. View the original HERE. A few years ago the vigneron-group Natural Selection Theory (NST), comprising three growers, submitted a wine called NST Project Egg Runway 3 to the Australian Wine Board for export approval. It was a Hunter Valley Semillon fermented in ceramic eggs. The export license was refused […]

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