The Unalternative Wine Glossary: P

December 22, 2020

Here is a lexicon of definitions of key wine words. The definitions are not intended to be scientifically objective and, in many cases, will be somewhat simplistic. Some will describe the technical side of wine(s), others will examine the more abstract and aesthetic ideas behind wine. Previously: A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s , E’s, F’s,  G’s, H’s, I’s, J,K,Ls Ns and Os (that’s right, this is so unalternative we’re even posting […]

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100 Great New Wines: Loire – Part Five

December 17, 2020

This is a series profiling the producers on our list who make natural wines. Within this series we will be highlighting some of the extraordinary and rare bottles and vintages that have helped to shape our appreciation of natural wines over the years. Previous posts from our 100 Great Natural Wines series include Austria, Spain, and […]

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New & Recent Arrivals

December 8, 2020

Novelty? It’s as old as the world itself, observes Frédérick Lemaître in Les Enfants du Paradis.  So, as the festive season comes around in this singularly unfestive year our sleigh is once again groaning under the weight of newly-present-and-correct vinous delights. We begin, as ever, with France. The Fantomes Menace meets South by South-West We […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Loire – Part Four

December 8, 2020

This is a series profiling the producers on our list who make natural wines. Within this series we will be highlighting some of the extraordinary and rare bottles and vintages that have helped to shape our appreciation of natural wines over the years. Previous posts from our 100 Great Natural Wines series include Austria, Spain, and […]

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Doug decants: Vitovska Kamen, Zidarich

December 7, 2020

The Carso is that thin slice of land connecting Trieste to the main mass of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Officially speaking, this is Italy, but, as is the case all along Italy’s border with Slovenia, the wine culture transcends national boundaries. Winegrowing in the Carso extends well beyond the border into Slovenia (as does winegrowing in the Collio […]

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The Unalternative Wine Glossary: O

December 3, 2020

Here is a lexicon of definitions of key wine words. The definitions are not intended to be scientifically objective and, in many cases, will be somewhat simplistic. Some will describe the technical side of wine(s), others will examine the more abstract and aesthetic ideas behind wine.  Previously: A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s , E’s, F’s,  G’s, H’s, I’s, J,K,L’s, Ms and Ns (that’s right, this is so unalternative we’re even posting […]

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English & Welsh Booze

November 25, 2020

Legend has it that Les Caves de Pyrène was born and brought up in SW France, its roots firmly… um… rooted in the Pyrenees.  The first wine list we released in 1988 showed our French regional origins par excellence, and we developed this speciality (five go mad in Madiran) to the umpteenth degree, until we […]

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Introducing ~ Little Pomona Cidery and Orchard

November 24, 2020

Natural artisan ciders (and perries) from Herefordshire We are delighted to announce that we will be distributing the naturally-made English ciders of Little Pomona Cidery & Orchard, a project set up by Susanna and James Forbes in 2014, with the first products launched onto the market in 2017. Their orchard, with its 120 trees of […]

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The Unalternative Wine Glossary: N

November 24, 2020

Here is a lexicon of definitions of key wine words. The definitions are not intended to be scientifically objective and, in many cases, will be somewhat simplistic. Some will describe the technical side of wine(s), others will examine the more abstract and aesthetic ideas behind wine. Previously: A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s , E’s, F’s,  G’s, H’s, I’s, J,K,L’s and Ms (that’s right, this is so unalternative we’re even posting […]

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Doug decants: Ovum Wines “Old Love”, Oregon

November 24, 2020

“Old Love” is Riesling every which way – and then some – Oregon-stylee. This is how it works. Pay attention, there will be a quiz later. And diagrams will be drawn. Ovum Wines (John and Ksenija House) is dedicated to producing Riesling & Gewurztraminer (& Muscat) from single sites in Oregon and Washington. Through minimal […]

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