News of the Wine Newbies

March 31, 2020

All wines are equal. Some are more equal than others. And these are more recent than the rest. Consider these wines, hot in off the wine press. Covid-19 may have trapped us in our homes, but there are always wines for times and a succession of newbies to tease palates of all inclinations. We start […]

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LITTLEWINE Launches

March 31, 2020

LITTLEWINE is educational wine platform using various media to bring the world (and the work) of small artisan spirited wine producers to life and to connect likeminded wine lovers. There will be detailed profiles, beautiful photography and documentaries. Some of the editorial content will be free-to-view, the rest by subscription. There will also be the […]

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Nature by Any Other Name

March 31, 2020

The following article was recently published in the Drinks Business: A Natural Wines Union has been created in collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture and the French National Institute for Origins and Quality. Headed up by Loire Valley vintner Jacques Carroget, the union has established a list of criteria dedicated to the new designation. […]

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Wine & Food Deliveries Near You!

March 27, 2020

As you know we are still open for business and keen to help everyone with their booze needs over the next few difficult weeks. To this end, we are offering a resource, namely a list of retailers, independent merchants, regional wholesalers, delis, and restaurants repurposed as food and wine delivery companies that you can contact […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Jura – Part Two

March 18, 2020

Previous posts from our 100 Great Natural Wines series: Austria Savoie Jura ~ Part One Jura ~ Part Two   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 […]

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Doug decants: Davenport Pet Nat

March 12, 2020

At Davenport Vineyards, Will Davenport has been making wines for nearly 25 years, building from a small start up to a collection of vineyard sites that total 20 acres. The aim is to make wine of the highest quality possible and to make wine that is a true expression of their grape varieties, soil and […]

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The Wizards of “NOZ”

March 12, 2020

The under-appreciated Trentino grape Ampelographers believe that the name Nosiola is derived from the Italian word nocciola (hazelnut) which could be a reference to the characteristic toasted hazelnut aromas that pure varietal examples of Nosiola exhibit. According to Wikipedia it could also be a reference to the grape berries themselves since, unlike most white grape […]

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The Weiss Squad

March 12, 2020

A Whiter Shade of Pinot Pinot Blanc, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir, is often confused with Chardonnay and wineries tend to vinify it in a similar style to the latter grapes, favouring barrel fermentation and ageing. In Alsace, it is synonymous with rounded buttery wines, but this may be because the grape is actually […]

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Doug decants: Ruth Lewandowski’s Elimelech

March 3, 2020

  Ruth Lewandowski is a concept more than a living, breathing individual. Born out of the affiliation of Evan Lewandowski’s own philosophies of farming and winemaking and one small but very significant text in the Old Testament of the Bible, the book of Ruth (daughter-in-law of Naomi). Evan doesn’t believe there to be a deeper, […]

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The Rheinhessen Wines of Bianka & Daniel Schmitt

March 3, 2020

The German Natural New Wave The Schmitt winery has been in the family for over 230 years with Bianka and Daniel working their 16 hectares for the last decade. They work in full biodynamics which they learned from legendary Alsace vigneron Patrick Meyer and are one of only 80 producers in Germany to be Demeter […]

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