Oregon, not forgotten: A report on the Wines of Oregon Tasting

March 28, 2017

…at One Great George Street. Up the sweep of the grand staircase into the cathedral-like Great Hall, beneath the unfeasibly huge pineal chandelier and underneath the stern gaze of bushy-faced colonial figures that looked as though they might have been the original Jack Daniel’s great grandfathers, a motley crew of Les Cavistes fronted up at […]

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Beware Natural Wines

March 27, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged: there is no such thing as natural wine. This is because it is self-evident that nature does not make the wine, but man does. The vine would not grow without being trained and pruned, the grapes would not be picked without the intervention of man and the whole process […]

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Words to the Wine: Part Two

March 24, 2017

More twinkling English dialect words that might invigorate the tedious repetitions and formulations of wine-tasting descriptions. I’m not saying that they are remotely appropriate or that you have to use them, but if you feel like seasoning your prose with some rough-hewn local lingo then feel free to borrow to your heart’s content. Abecedarian – […]

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Chatting with: Christian Tschida

March 23, 2017

Winemaker, farmer, vigneron – how do you see your role? Is there an Austrian word or expression that captures the work that you do? Way more farmer than winemaker. I spend as little time as possible in the cellar – cold and dark – and as much as possible in nature – green and light. […]

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Ganbrukenjouillon at The Remedy! 

March 14, 2017

Jurassic Bottle Bonanza The pleasure of wine is amplified when it is shared with friends and fellow-enthusiasts. A bevy of Jurassic bottles had been gathering considerable quantities of dust (testament to my cleaning incapabilities) on my wine-rack and when I was invited by David Clawson of The Remedy to help with a masterclass meets rare/iconic […]

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Shock News: Les Caves sells Burgundies

March 13, 2017

Ever heard the following exchange? Where are you going today? We’re going to the Les Caves de Pyrene en primeur Burgundy tasting. I hear that they have an amazing range of top end premier and grand cru wines from iconic producers. You haven’t? Then you have been paying attention! With a bunch of rich right-wing […]

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The Eagles have landed…again

March 7, 2017

New Wines!  Kelley Fox Her new wine, Ahurani Pinot Noir, comes from grapes harvested in the biodynamic Momtazi vineyard. We love the label which illustrates the teeming diversity of wild life in this special place. Ahurani is the name of a water goddess who bears gifts of health, prosperity, renown, and well-being of the soul. […]

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Chatting with: Heidi Nam Knudsen of the Ottolenghi Group

March 3, 2017

Heidi Nam Knudsen is the wine-buyer for the Ottolenghi group and General Manager of Nopi restaurant. Why wine? How did you get your start? I was always fascinated by mixing flavours and textures and I went on to train as a “mixologist” back in the nineties when everyone wanted to be Dick Bradsell. I was never that […]

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Viñateros Wows The Wine Trade!

March 1, 2017

  Viñateros, a tasting of the best of Spanish artisan wines, presented by the producers themselves, took place on Tuesday 21st February at Switch House at The Tate Modern Gallery in London. 46 growers came over from Spain, and poured over 250 wines to around 500 members of the trade including sommeliers, retailers, wholesalers, press and […]

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A Northern Italian Voyage

February 28, 2017

This fantastic videologue was made by Benoit from Adam’s Restaurant in Birmingham, who took part in our recent “Deep North” trip, visiting some of our talented northern Italian growers (1701 Franciacorta, Luigi Spagnolli, Elisabetta Foradori, Cantina Filippi, Angiolino Maule, and Terre di Pietra). Benoit captures the rugged landscape in which these growers work, along with their […]

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