An Evening with Jean-Pierre Frick: Fresh Air in the Natural Wine Debate

February 21, 2017

I was fortunate enough to attend a wine dinner at Terroirs Wine Bar hosted Jean-Pierre Frick who has written a book called Du Vin, De l’Air. This slim but beautifully-presented volume with illustrations by Chantal Frick, contains fascinating and provocative philosophical and political insights into the psychology of tasting, discusses what is real and natural, […]

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Meet the Austrians at the Real Wine Fair 2017

February 19, 2017

The Real Wine Fair is pleased to welcome a host of great growers from Austria for our 2017 event. Austrian wines are establishing a reputation throughout the world for their individuality and sheer quality, the result of fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard, and a patient, low-intervention approach towards maturing the wine in the […]

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Doug Decants: The natural Burgundies of Domaine Ballorin and other news!

February 12, 2017

Focus on… The natural Burgundies of Domaine Ballorin Gilles wines are avowedly natural – organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards, ambient ferments with indigenous yeasts in resin-coated vats and stainless steel tanks. We have three newbies – a Fixin Rouge Chenevrières where Gilles manages to dial down the harder edges that Fixin is known. The Marsannays come […]

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Autochthonous

February 7, 2017

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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Dial N for Overkill

February 2, 2017

“When first the crocus thrusts its point of gold/Up through the still snow-drifted garden mound”, then the world of wine suffers a peculiar invasion of bodysnatchers, wherein seemingly rational upstanding members of the wine community are put into an intellectual tailspin because they are unable to cope with the “n” word. They don’t like the […]

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The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Orange

January 30, 2017

  An appreciation of the Don’s alternative reality “During a rally in Florida yesterday Donald Trump boasted about his plans for ISIS and said he will “be their worst nightmare.” Oh, wow, so he’s also running for president of ISIS?” –Seth Meyers “At first Donald Trump came out with guns blazing, said he’s going to […]

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Chatting with: Amaya Cervera

January 27, 2017

Spanish wine expert Amaya Cervera runs the website Spanish Wine Lover. She is a passionate spokesperson for wines from her home country, as well as being successful wine journalist. Amaya will host a seminar at the upcoming Viñateros on 21 February at the Tate Switch House in Bankside, London, where 300 terroir-focused wines from 26 different […]

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Les Caves’s Relative Success and The Infinite Improbability Drive

January 24, 2017

Lovely article by way of interview by Andrew Jefford in Decanter detailing the unorthodox journey of Les Caves de Pyrene, how we ascended from the depths of rank amateurism (or the ranks of deep amateurism), operating by the skin of our teeth and the flexible friendliness of credit cards, eventually to become respected, known throughout […]

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Wine Writing for Antiquity and The Humdrum Reality

January 19, 2017

From Ode to Wine – Pablo Neruda Day-coloured wine, night-coloured wine, wine with purple feet or wine with topaz blood, wine, starry child of earth, wine, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet, wine, spiral-seashelled and full of wonder, amorous, marine; never has one goblet contained you, one song, one man, you are […]

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Drink good wine, not rocket fuel, which is not rocket science.

January 16, 2017

My modest proposal is to ask anyone who is involved in the wine trade, be they importers or retailers, sommeliers or bloggers, to take a step back from what they do every day and consider how they might improve their customers’ (or audience’s) experience and appreciation of wine. This may be a somewhat ancient chestnut […]

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