This is a follow up to the recent Q & A with Ben Walgate of Tillingham (which is the name of Ben’s nascent wine project in East Sussex). Outside of the house in Peasmarsh, East Sussex that Ben Walgate is about to move into, there is a wild vine. This year it has yielded a […]


Nouveau Nouveau: Christina Rasmussen

by blog on November 13, 2017

Bojo Nouveau is vieux chapeau, n’est-ce pas? By no means! Christina Rasmussen describes how we are falling in love with a new style of new juice. Christina works as wine pr for Westbury Communications where she has special responsibility for Wines of Beaujolais. She also contributes to The Buyer magazine on a variety of subjects. […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of Didier Barral (Faugères)

November 10, 2017

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. –Henry David Thoreau This Renaissance man, naturalist, and biodynamic maven commands tremendous respect among his peers for his visionary approach to topics like soil management, pest control, and drought mitigation in his vineyards –Kermit […]

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Unicorn Wines: Part One

November 6, 2017

Unicornucopia! There are wines which are so rare because to make them requires nature to smile on the vineyard, or for the vigneron to feel that the quality of the wine justifies a specific micro-vinification of the grapes. These are the unicorns, the hens’ teeth, the unicorns’ teeth, even. Their beauty arises from their singularity; […]

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New and grooving wines

October 30, 2017

Forthcoming new and grooving wines   Natural Burgundy, Napoleon’s favourite tipple (sort of), rare volcanic gems, tiny production single vineyard Barolo, a natural Retsina (yes!), a cool Malbec-dominated wine from a high vineyard and (drumroll, please)…our first Hungarian wine! Romains of the day The Sarnin-Berrux winery is located in the beautiful village of Monthelie, perfectly situated […]

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Doug Decants: Andert Wine

October 27, 2017

Michael Andert was born into a large family and grew up on a farm with mixed agriculture, livestock and viticulture and learned to respect his family, his animals and the associated work. Today, as winemaker, this respect has deepened even more: We think we found the right way in the biodynamic economy to press the […]

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A guest podcast episode with: Si Vintners on The Vincast

October 24, 2017

Based in Melbourne, James Scarcebrook has worked on all sides of the Australian wine industry  He blogs on his website, The Intrepid Wino, and is the host of the popular podcast The Vincast . James interviewed our grower Iwo Jakimowicz of Si Vintners while he was on the ground in Margaret River, Western Australia several years ago. […]

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Chatting with: Ben Walgate, the qvevri-crazed English natural winemaker

October 20, 2017

Ben Walgate is currently making natural wines in Georgian qvevri on his farm in East Sussex. We ask him about his journey to the amber side and what the future holds for him and for English wine. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background in wine? I grew up on a farm on […]

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Doug Decants: Rabasco Wines, Abruzzo

October 16, 2017

The Not-so-Full Montes   Iole Rabasco inherited her family’s small vineyard and olive grove, neither of which have ever been treated with chemicals. And she’s taken that blessing and run with it. Her property is nestled in north-central Abruzzo where you have unique meso-and micro-climates, the 3.5 hectares are located more precisely in the village of Pianella, […]

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Another Rare Creature: Ribeyrenc

October 13, 2017

Our spare Ribeyrenc   Ribeyrenc, also Rybeyrenc, though grape encyclopaediae will have it under the more prosaic-sounding Aspiran noir), is a variety that was traditionally grown between Minervois and Clermont l’Hérault, but it all but died out with phylloxera and the big frost of 1956. All was not lost, however, as Thierry Navarre’s grandfather had […]

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