The Long Read: Wine Tasting & The Nature of Epiphany

March 17, 2021

“There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don’t think all ecstasies are the same!”  ~ Jalaluddin Rumi What is it about fermented grape juice that excites our fancy and exalts our language? Wine is a drink that is talked and written about in a way that is out of all proportion […]

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Spotlight on: Weingut Sepp Muster, Austria

March 17, 2021

Sepp and Maria Muster inherited their 10-hectare estate in Schlossberg near the small town of Leutschach in Styria (called Steiermark) from Sepp’s parents Theresa and Rudolf Muster. The oldest document records of the estate date back to 1727 whereas the layout plans of the vineyards date back to 1787. This is a marginal climate with […]

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Doug Decants: Little Pomona’s Spring Releases

March 17, 2021

A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period – When March is scarcely here A Colour stands abroad On Solitary Fields That Science cannot overtake But Human Nature feels… Emily Dickinson ~ A Light Exists in Spring We are delighted to announce the spring releases from Little Pomona! An […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Central & Southern Italy

March 15, 2021

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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A Tribute to Steven Spurrier

March 11, 2021

If you look up the definition of urbane in the Oxford English Dictionary there is a picture of Steven Spurrier there. Which is pretty amazing because the OED doesn’t have any illustrations. Steven was urbane. But so much more than that. I have read many of the tributes from people who encountered him briefly in […]

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The Long Read: Biodynamics – Part Two

March 2, 2021

In part one (which can be found here) we discussed the origins of biodynamics and explained the various preparations whilst attempting to demystify lunar cycles and the planting calendar. We continue by returning back to earth and looking at the soil and its central role in biodynamic precepts. The Nitrogen Fix Back to earth. Nitrogen plays […]

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Spotlight on: Chateau Tour des Gendres

March 2, 2021

Luc de Conti is the third generation of an Italian family that settled just south of Bergerac in southwest France in 1925 and set up an agricultural business. Luc inherited some old vines and planted more parcels in the ’80s and ’90s, while his wife Martine took control of the rest of the business. Luc […]

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100 Great Natural Wines: Emilia-Romagna

March 2, 2021

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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Sulphur ye not the little wines

March 1, 2021

Arguably not the last word on the subject To find no-sulphur wines liberating and energising is not to cast aspersions on wines that are made with an addition of sulphur. Sulphur is relative to the wine, and we can discuss it as a substance that may bind, tighten and cleanse on the one hand, but […]

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Unalternative Wine Glossary: WXYZ

March 1, 2021

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. View previous glossary entries, from the A’s through to […]

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