This week saw the inaugural Wines of Georgia tasting in London organised by Sarah Abbott of Swirl Wine Group. The Georgian ambassador wrote an introduction for the catalogue explaining the importance of wine to that small country: It is no secret that wine is Georgia’s finest ambassador. Currently Georgian wine is exported to 46 countries […]

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Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Rosé Champagne Pierre Gerbais is a fourth generation domaine in the Aube. It is spearheaded today by the youthful Aurélien Gerbais, a winemaker who is unnervingly self- assured for his age, yet soft-spoken and humble. At Gerbais there are old vines, organic vineyard management, intelligence, respect, passion, relevance, training […]

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The Strange Affair of the Missing Wine Mention

June 13, 2017

Plus a critical case of natural wine vapours… –Doug Wregg Note: these are the opinions of Doug Wregg and do not reflect those of Les Caves de Pyrene as a company. Every time Jay Rayner mentions wine in his Observer restaurant column a fairy falls down dead from shock. Not just on account of his splenetic perorations […]

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June is Grower Champagne Month!

June 13, 2017

Our friends at The Good Wine Shop, in partnership with Les Caves de Pyrene and several other top notch distributors and retailers (as well the excellent Bottled Films), are spearheading Grower Champagne Month all of June! Read on about what makes grower champers so special and attend one of the many events taking place around London, […]

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What the bubbles is Pet Nat?

June 8, 2017

A Pet Nat (short for pétillant naturel) is a sparkling wine from a single vintage that undergoes a single fermentation. The wine ferments with its own yeast in tank or barrel and is transferred to bottle before the process is completed (with latent sugar). The fermentation continues without addition of yeasts, enzymes or sugar until […]

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What is orange wine?

June 6, 2017

Orange is a colour in the wine spectrum. The colour denotes that grapes (which we may normally associate with white wines) have been macerated on their skins – as if they were red wines. During the period of maceration, various components are naturally extracted, such as colour, tannin and other phenolic compounds. The degree of […]

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Real Thanks!

June 2, 2017

The Real Wine Fair 2017 Highlights. Video by Bottled Films. The Real Wine Fair is always a gigantic collaborative effort. As well as a big heart, it requires a big head, combining the ability to look at an event in the round, yet focusing on specifics, in order to deliver a top-quality experience for all. […]

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Taste Slovenia

May 30, 2017

Towards the end of 2016, our Sir Wregg traipsed across Slovenia tasting the bounty of its most artisan of growers. Fast forwarded to present day we have wines from two growers, Zorjan and Nando, available (Read about them HERE and HERE.) Zorjan The Zorjan wines have arrived and settled. And what wines they are. Cuvee or […]

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Georgia on my… palate

May 30, 2017

Mandili Mtsvane Mandili is a project of Marina Kurtanidze (who is married to Iago Bitarishvili) and Tea Melanashvili. Both women wanted to make a wine that was both Georgian in spirit and also conveyed the essence of creation by women. They chose the Mtsvane grape because they both loved the wines that came from and they […]

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What is en rama and what are we doing about it?

May 26, 2017

One of the most compelling developments of the nascent sherry renaissance has been the emergence of a new style known as en rama, which roughly translates to “on the branch” or “raw.” A lot of sherry, dare one say, is much of a muchness. It is not just process, it is also outcome. The commercial […]

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