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Return of the Natives: Part 3

by blog on October 23, 2014

Read Parts 1 and 2 here. In the first two parts of this piece about grape varieties and original styles we examined how local regional grapes were beginning to make a comeback. Here we consider the reputation of various commonplace grape varieties and ask whether the modern penchant for style is at the expense of substance […]

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Continued from Part 1… Refashioning grape reputations It is not just the AOPs that are to blame for certain varieties never falling into fashion. Critical stereotyping seems to occur when there are no obvious standard-bearers for a grape variety. Wine drunk mainly by locals is viewed as having mere quaint yokel value. The Melon de […]

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Return of the Natives: Natural winemakers’ revival of autochthonous grape varieties and original styles. Part 1

October 16, 2014
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I once tasted a Georgian wine that had over 400 grape varieties blended into it. If ever there was a declaration of the symbolic desire to preserve a multi-faceted grape patrimony this was it. Return of the natives Symbolism is not only important – it often goes hand-in-hand with dedicated “grape-culture” rescue missions. Several regions […]

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A Styrian Adventure: Part 2

October 10, 2014

Read Part 1 HERE Dragonflies, Stag Beetles, Salamanders and Butterflies Franz leads us to a layby where Andreas Tscheppe is waiting. Andreas apologises profusely for his lack of English (they all speak excellent English, of course) and takes us to a vineyard on one side of the valley. We learn later this is the Green […]

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A Styrian Adventure – Part One

October 3, 2014
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Styria – History and Regional Overview Viticulture is one of the oldest cultural traditions in Austria. As early as 2500 years ago (about 400 BC), the Celts knew about and availed themselves of the grapes that grew wild in this region. But it was the Romans, of course, who first cultivated extensive vineyards. Evidence of […]

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More New Wines from Spain and Italy!

September 30, 2014
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Celler Comunica, Montsant   Priorat with a sense of humour Celler Comunica is located in the town of Falset, 370 metres above sea level in a dry, Mediterranean climate. The vineyard age ranges from 25 – 75 years. Patri Morillo and Pep Aguilar—the winemaking team known as “Ya Le Llamaremos” (“we’ll call you”) — were […]

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New Wines have landed! (From Jura, Burgundy + more)

September 24, 2014

 Jurassic Car Park There is a Caves de Pyrène axiom that states the less wine that is made in a vintage, the more growers you must list from that blighted region. Since 2012 and 2013 were effectively a wipeout in much of Jura, we’ve perforce to add to our portfolio. Miserly quantities it must be […]

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An Interview with Jamie Goode: Part 2

September 22, 2014
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Read Part 1 here! 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: the application of science in winemaking in 2005 to wide acclaim and winning the Glenfiddich Drink Book of the Year […]

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What’s happening with the Real Wine Fair 2015?

September 19, 2014
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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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An Interview with Jamie Goode, Author, Journalist, Blogger & Wine Judge. Part 1

September 18, 2014
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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: the […]

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