A guest post by Fiona Beckett Fiona is an award-winning food and drink journalist and author – or co-author – of 23 books. She writes a weekly wine column for The Guardian and also has her own website, Matching Food and Wine, as well as several blogs including Wine Made Naturally, where this post first appeared. […]

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Nature may be a pretty lass, but she is also pretty scruffy. Here are some delightful beauty tips brought to you by the those caring folks at the Laboratory of Garnishing, to give her rough and unready wines a more pleasing mien. CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN FRANKEN-WINE: (with songs to sing along to…) Seed my Frankenwine […]

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AniVile: A new marketing arm for Vin de France

May 15, 2015
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A guest post by Alice Feiring. Check out her blog and subscribe to her newsletter, The Feiring Line! Note: we recommend having a read of this article first, to put this post into context. I’ve tried to write this post since October and just can’t nail the voice, so I’m forgetting about the voice and […]

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Of Place And Time – The Future of Australian Wine

May 12, 2015
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A guest post by thewineidealist: In evolutionary biology, punctuated equilibrium theory states, ‘that most species once formed will exhibit little net evolutionary change for most of their geological history, remaining in an extended state of stasis.’ However, when a significant evolutionary change does occur, the theory proposes that it is generally restricted to a rare, but rapid event (on a geological […]

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Burgenland – Creating a New History: Part Two

May 8, 2015
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Weingut Claus Preisinger is housed in a modern, airy wood-beamed winery with windows facing out towards the Neusiedlerseee. You can tell the cut of a jib by the company of the wine bottles he keeps. Recently drained specimens of Matassa, Testalonga, Thierry Puzelat, Jean-François Ganevat & Etienne Thibaud on the sideboard testify to a happy […]

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Burgenland – Creating a New History: Part One

May 1, 2015
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Burgenland lies around 35 minutes’ drive south east of Vienna and is divided into three broad regions: Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg and Mittelburgenland. We spent most of our trip in the former DAC region, visiting growers in the towns of Gols, Illmitz and Pamhagen. Grapes from these regions here benefit from the close proximity of Lake Neusiedl, […]

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Hype Hype Hooray

April 29, 2015
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Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence. –John Lahr Just as dementors feed naturally off fear and sorrow, the wine trade seems to gorge itself on hype, the latest of which concerns a particular Bordeaux vintage assessment. Like Christmas […]

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Adventures in Burgenland

April 22, 2015
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Burgenland lies around 35 minutes’ drive south east of Vienna and is divided into three broad regions: Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg and Mittelburgenland. We spent most of our trip in the former DAC region, visiting growers in the towns of Gols, Illmitz and Pamhagen. Grapes from these regions here benefit from the close proximity of Lake Neusiedl, […]

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The Accidental Death of the Wine Writer

April 20, 2015
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Andrew Jefford once announced at a European blogger’s conference that the wine writer is dead. We weren’t aware that he had been ill, but as the last typewriter rolled off the typing press last week we can truly concur that the wine column has finally crumbled into irrelevance. Once upon a time Michael Broadbent carved […]

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What’s in the pot at our Feats of Clay Tasting?

April 10, 2015
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Nicolas Reau makes several wines including a silky sans soufre Anjou red in cement and a racy white raised in used barrels. Descente aux Amphores Blanc & Rouge is his departure into the world of clay, an elevated yet earthy descent, so to speak. Thierry Germain’s (Domaine des Roche-Neuves) Amphore comes in two colours. His […]

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