In the Beginning Was the Word… … And the word was natural. And for some the word was good enough in itself. And for the others the word was bad and semantically contradictory and provocative. And it came to pass that people wanted to define the word. And for some people the word was all […]

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Vigneti Tardis is the result of a collaboration between Jack Lewens (former sommelier, now co-owner of Leroy Restaurant, Shoreditch) and his long-time friend Bruno de Conciliis of Viticoltori de Conciliis. They farm organically and biodynamically, producing wines with a hands-off approach from 3.6 hectares of vines in Cilento, Campania. Cilento is in Campania’s southerly province […]

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The Unalternative Wine Glossary: G

September 15, 2020

Here is a lexicon of definitions of key wine words. The definitions are not intended to be scientifically objective and, in many cases, will be somewhat simplistic. Some will describe the technical side of wine(s), others will examine the more abstract and aesthetic ideas behind wine. Previously: A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s , E’s & F’s (that’s right, this is so unalternative we’re even posting […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Loire – Part One

September 11, 2020

This is a series profiling the producers on our list who make natural wines. Within this series we will be highlighting some of the extraordinary and rare bottles and vintages that have helped to shape our appreciation of natural wines over the years. Previous posts from our 100 Great Natural Wines series include Austria, as well […]

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Love and Wine in the Time of Coronavirus: Part Three

September 10, 2020

May Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on.  Heinrich Heine “M’aider” The fine weather continued into May with a succession of glorious warm sunny days. Despite the grimplications of COVID-19, some of the minor inconveniences in life were […]

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Decanting: Gentle Folk Summertown Blanc

September 2, 2020

This is the cure for the summertown blues A love of wine, food and growing things eventually led Gareth and Rainbo Belton away from their former careers involving scuba gear and the study of seaweed. Having fallen in love with the gastronomy and the people of the Adelaide Hills, they set up shop in the […]

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The Unalternative Wine Glossary: F

September 2, 2020

Here is a lexicon of definitions of key wine words. The definitions are not intended to be scientifically objective and, in many cases, will be somewhat simplistic. Some will describe the technical side of wine(s), others will examine the more abstract and aesthetic ideas behind wine. Previously: A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s  & E’s (that’s right, this is so unalternative we’re even posting […]

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Interpreting Tasting with Jamie Goode: Part Three

September 2, 2020

This is the third and final part of a conversation between Les Caves’s Doug Wregg and Dr. Jamie Goode concerning the nature of taste and the overall experience of “perceiving wine.” In this section we discuss the nature and quality of “wine epiphanies” and try to define what they are and how they manifest themselves. Read Part […]

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Having a Wine Cow

September 2, 2020

What is it about cattle? As my mentor Bart Simpson has said on many occasions: “Don’t have a cow, man!”. And we all have our pet beefs (or is it peeves –I always get confused!), little and large horned beastie things that annoy us about the industry we work. And let me get that one […]

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Chatting with: Victoria Daskal of the Mummy Wine Club

August 20, 2020

Between working as Managing Editor at The World of Fine Wine magazine, studying for the prestigious Master of Wine exam, teaching monthly wine courses and judging at international wine competitions, Victoria Daskal tastes over 1,500 different wines per year. She founded Mummy Wine Club in August 2018. Mummy Wine Club now offers a Monthly Wine Subscription Club, with wines sourced mainly […]

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