Wine writer Christina Pickard, who helps run Les Caves’s social media, recently wrote an article about our beloved and recently shut Terroirs Wine Bar for the publication Club Oenologique. In the process of writing, she collected numerous stories and anecdotes from some of the people most impacted by Britain’s first natural wine bar. Due to […]

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Spotlight on: Domaine du Pech

by blog on July 20, 2021

A family owned and run domaine in the heart of south west France focussing on terroir expression, biodynamic processes and crafted quality, Domaine du Pech lies in the Buzet appellation, west of Toulouse and to the east of Bordeaux. The estate was planted in 1978. Magali, daughter of the original owner Daniel Tissot, and Ludovic […]

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The Long Read: On Wine Ageing

July 14, 2021

Age shall not wither wine, except when it does… Ah yes. And, oh no. The expression “this wine will age”, was considered a badge of honour, once upon a time. It was akin to saying that it is too serious and too profound for you – poor you – to understand it in its youth. […]

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Decanting: Nikau Farm

July 14, 2021

Nikau Farm is home to Dane Johns (of Momento Mori), his wife Hannah and their young family. It is an expansive property of about 95 acres in the Baw Baw region of Gippsland, Victoria. It sits high on a group of ranges in a place known to the indigenous peoples of this country as ‘Tolone.’ […]

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Spotlight on: The Don & Kindeli Wines, New Zealand

July 8, 2021

Alex Craighead and Josefina Venturino are establishing a reputation in the natural wine world. They have settled in Upper Moutere in Nelson and make wines that are bottled under two labels; Kindeli and The Don. The latter label is, named after Josefina’s grandfather, Don Ramon, a homage to family, honesty and simplicity. Don Ramon, a […]

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The Long Read: I Taste Red

June 30, 2021

Tasting is viewed – scientifically – as the reflexive response to various stimuli. It is both a mechanistic and cognitive activity. I am primarily interested in the translation of mere stimuli into detailed images and words, and how we can develop ourselves from being passive receivers into becoming active engagers and explorers. Broadly speaking, taste […]

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Coming Soon: New Season Little Pomona

June 30, 2021

Cider and perry is seasonal, don’t you know… and we are emerging into summer. Here are a few newbies to whet your appetites and wet your whistles, some of them delightfully – and maybe even dangerously – low in alcohol. Thirsts will be crushed! Table Perry (2020) comes from Hendre Huffcap & Thorn varieties, both […]

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The sense of natural

June 28, 2021

When people ask me to define natural wine, I have this abiding image of myself taking a hammer and trying to nail jelly to a wall. Definitions are always beset by the problem of nomenclature at one end, the defining of the terms that you are using to define the terms, and by our sense […]

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Spotlight on: Domaine Arretxea

June 28, 2021

Michel Riouspeyrous is a native Basque. He met his Alsatian future wife Thérèse while on a charity mission to Africa. On their return to France, they got married and decided to start their own domaine by renting two hectares of vineyards. Domaine Arretxea was born in 1989. Arretxea (from the Basque arre meaning stone and […]

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Orange Wines & Tasting in 3-D

June 21, 2021

If amber wines were music, they would be as live performances, fuzzy, rough-edged and unpredictable. Their tactility means that you can touch them at the same time as they touch you. And like the best live music, they may give one a peculiar frisson. Symbolic Significance of Orange *Orange combines the energy of red and […]

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