Chapter Four: The Guide to Brilliant Business Practice. Part Three

December 20, 2018

Read Chapter One Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Two Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Three Part One and Two and Three Chapter Four Part One and Two Unsuit yourself We try to operate in a bullshit-free manner. Because we don’t wear suits, because we don’t waste our energy having strategy meetings, because we don’t shroud our message in pr flummery, because we have a healthy disregard for […]

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Chapter Four: The Guide to Brilliant Business Practice. Part Two

December 18, 2018

Read Chapter One Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Two Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Three Part One and Two and Three Chapter Four Part One The Early Days Lectures on business morality are not part of business strategy, and so goody-two-shoes-iness in Part Two is intended as a mildly cathartic and self-righteous howl. To invert Gore Vidal’s aphorism: It is not enough that we succeed, others […]

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Taking Stock: A Review of 2018

December 11, 2018

Les Caves de Pyrene (1988 – 2018) If I characterised 2017 as the year of treading softly, then 18 was the year of the wine company collective duvet day. In our 30th anniversary year, we took stock, applied the emergency handbrake to buying, and limited the number of events we participated in to a bare […]

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Doug Decants: Etnella from Etna

December 10, 2018

  Davide Bentivegna, Etnella‘s founder, used to work for Siemans in Germany, but one day decided to abandon his office job and realise a dream to make wine. Without any experience – or family land – he had to start from scratch, which for him, meant organic farming and natural winemaking. The adventure started in […]

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New Arrivals in time for the holidays!

December 10, 2018

This year we bought our Christmas presents at the very last minute. But it’s the thought that counts! Many of the wines below are on allocation or made in such quantities, that first come, first served will have to apply! We would like particularly like to draw your attention to the superb natural Northern Rhone […]

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The Autobiography of Les Caves de Pyrene. The Chapter Four, Part One: The Guide to Brilliant Business Practice

December 4, 2018

Read Chapter One Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Two Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Three Part One and Two and Three Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day. –Oedipus Rex, Sophocles Destiny doesn’t do home visits…you have to go for it yourself.  –The Prisoner of Heaven, Carlos Ruiz Zafón Side effects of using the […]

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Doug decants: Las Nubes Pinot Noir by Dominique Derain

November 27, 2018

Dominique Derain has farmed vines and made biodynamic wines in his estate located in the old presbytery in the village of Saint-Aubin (Hautes Cotes de Beaune) for thirty years, ever since he bought the estate in 1988. Before being a vigneron, he was a cooper. He is now retired, but has passed his estate on […]

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Chapter Three: They have embiggened our soul. Part Three

November 26, 2018

Read Chapter One Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Two Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Three Part One and Two John Wurdeman, Georgian Soul Music Pheasant’s Tears was born in 2007 when Georgian, Gela Patalishvili, a farmer from a family of Georgian winemakers from Kakheti, and American artist and folklorist John Wurdeman, decided to set up a joint winemaking venture together in order to […]

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Chapter Three: They have embiggened our soul. Part Two

November 20, 2018

Read Chapter One Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Two Parts One, Two and Three Chapter Three Part One Kelley Fox: Living for the vines  Oregon grower Kelley Fox farms the Old Block in Maresh vineyard which is now celebrating its 48th birthday. It’s Pinot Noir on its own roots with feet plunging deeply into red jory (volcanic) soils. The whole vineyard has […]

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Focus On: The Wines of Domaine des Miquettes

November 13, 2018

DOMAINE DES MIQUETTES, Paul Estève & Chrystelle Vareille, Saint-Joseph We are delighted to recommend the wonderful wines of Domaine des Miquettes in the northern Rhône. These are oh-so-pure and articulate expressions of Syrah, realised by organic farming on poor granitic soils, low yields and natural winemaking in terracotta amphorae. Domaine des Miquettes was created by […]

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