Everyone seems to be booking their end-of-the-year egoic flight of fancy, so apologies for my boring and opinionated end-of-the-year list of mainly goodies with the odd hiss-boo baddie thrown in, and for doling out virtual awards like candy at Halloween. The wines one loves are always personal, but most of the wines I drank and […]

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Continued from Part 1… Something from something Here’s the rub. Nothing can come of nothing.  The Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius expressed this principle in his first book of De Rerum Natura Principium: Principium cuius hinc nobis exordia sumet, nullam rem e nihilo gigni divinitus umquam Transformation is integral to wine. In certain vineyards where the soils […]

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The art & nature of wine transformation: Part 1

December 16, 2014
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Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed ~ Thomas Huxley The subject of wine (not just the wine itself) is sometimes in danger of becoming an intellectual dead-end due to the rigorous-to-the-point-of-being-hamstrung appliance of science in almost every facet of our understanding and appreciation of wine. Not just applying it to the manufacture of […]

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Natural Resistance: The struggle for the soil and soul of wine. Part 3

December 12, 2014
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Read Parts 1 and 2 here. Natural Resistance – man against machine Jonathan Nossiter’s film Natural Resistance presents the struggle of the artisan vigneron for the life and soul of the land, their land, against a bureaucratic machine (for want of a better word). The central governance where decisions are taken in secret for the […]

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Natural Resistance: The struggle for the soil and soul of wine. Part 2

December 10, 2014
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The debasement of appellation DO governance creates sweeping one-size-fits-all policies that ride roughshod over individuals, take no account of tradition, the needs of the land and the rhythms and vagaries of nature. Such policies are founded on a perverse (and brutish) agricultural Darwinism, rather than human (or humane) reason. They place an exalted value on […]

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Natural Resistance: The struggle for the soil and soul of wine. Part 1

December 5, 2014
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During walks through the vineyards and relaxed gatherings with a group of alternative Italian wine growers, he trades experiences and arguments. What looks like a bucolic paradise, where intelligent people produce wine according to time-honoured and organic methods, is actually revealed to be a battleground. The DOC association, which is supposed to look after the […]

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Wine Clichés of the week

December 1, 2014
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The language of wine commerce is nothing if not redundant, a barely digestible gallimaufry of hollow jargon, euphemism and tautology, infused with self-importance and seasoned with the obsessive desire to reinvent the wheel. Here are some of our favourite clunkers spotted in the wine press (as it were) this week. If you drill down (there’s […]

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Wine au Naturel podcast: an audio interview with Jenny Lefcourt of Jenny & Francois Selections

November 28, 2014
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Jenny & Francois have in large part been responsible for introducing America to the wonderful world of natural wine. Their company began in 2000 after Jenny, a native New Yorker, met Francois while studying French Film in Paris. Today, the company imports and distributes wine from some of the natural wine world’s most prominent growers […]

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Extraction & The Winemaker: Less is more except when the opposite is the case

November 25, 2014
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Extracting sunbeams from cucumbers may be beyond their capabilities, but some oenologists seem to have the alchemical inclination to squeeze base gold out of simple grape juice. Wanting more from less is akin to seeking fool’s gold. Discovering what the wine has within it and expressing that accordingly relies on sensitive taste and touch, as […]

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Wine au Naturel podcast: an audio interview with Joseph Di Blasi of Vinosseur

November 19, 2014

Joseph Di Blasi is a blogger and natural wine importer now based in Poland. Joseph chats with us about the wine culture in both Poland and Norway (his former stomping grounds), the difficulties of importing natural wines, the controversy surrounding the word ‘natural’, as well as some of his favourite growers. Have a listen! Read […]

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