Natural Wine: A Q&A for WSET Diploma Students. Part Two.

June 24, 2020

Read Part One here! Is it easier to practice natural winemaking practices in certain wine regions as opposed to other more challenging areas? You can make natural wine anywhere. But it always comes back to farming. The most exciting region for natural wine is the Loire – so many BD and organic producers operating in […]

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Decanting Burja: VIP in Vipava, Slovenia

June 24, 2020

What’s new: the 2019 Zelen, 2018 Reddo, and a new wine, the 2019 Roza. Posestvo Burja, by Primoz Lavrencic, is located in the Vipavska Dolina, or Vipava Valley. Rich descriptions of Vipava viticulture and winemaking can be found in Winemaking for Slovenes (Vinoreja za Slovence), the first Slovenian book on viticulture, written by Matija Vertovec in 1844 […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Northern Rhône

June 22, 2020

This is a series profiling the producers on our list who make natural wines. Within this series I 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: Intro Austria Jura […]

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The Unalternative Wine Glossary: A

June 18, 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. To view Doug Wregg’s Real Alternative Wine Glossary, starting […]

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Natural Wine: a Q & A for WSET Diploma Students. Part One

June 10, 2020

This was a webinar organised by Serhat Narsap as part of the WSET Diploma exam on business coursework, the subject in this case being “Natural Wine”. Around 30 students from around the world tuned in. Big fist-bump to the guy who got up at 5.00 am in Hawaii! The students submitted their questions before the […]

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Les Caves and Bordeaux (yes, Bordeaux), and the wines of Chateau Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre

May 27, 2020

It may be said that nothing in the world is charming unless it be achieved at some trouble. If it rained ’64 Léoville – which I regard as the most divine of nectars – I feel sure I should never raise it to my lips.  –Ayala’s Angel, Anthony Trollope The words Bordeaux and Les Caves de […]

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Decanting: Kindeli Wines, by Alex Craighead

May 22, 2020

Alex Craighead and Josefina Venturino are establishing a reputation in the natural wine world. They have settled on a new vineyard located in Upper Moutere in Nelson. This particular vineyard has been certified organic since 1997 and as such is one of the oldest organic vineyards in New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: South West France

May 18, 2020

This is a series profiling the producers on our list who make natural wines. Within this series I 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: Intro Austria Jura […]

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Burgenland: Creating a New History. Part Two

May 12, 2020

Read Part One of our tour of Burgenland, Austria, where we cover the history, terroirs, typical grapes grown and grower Judith Beck! Michael Andert Michael Andert was born into a large family and grew up on a farm with mixed agriculture, livestock and viticulture and learned to respect his family, his animals and the associated […]

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The Rise of the French Melonators

May 12, 2020

It’s May. If you’ve had the day from hell then, assuming that your fishmonger – if you have one –is still oyster-roystering, then deck those natives with the wine from shell par excellence, namely, the friskiest of frisky Muscadet. This is a shout-out to native grapes, and the lesser-lauded Melon, in particular, a variety that […]

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