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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Ditch the Dishwater

February 23, 2017

Was it Mariah Carey in We Belong Together (remix, feat. Jadakiss and Sty) who extolled the great PG: Big cups, Pinot Grigio Take it easy, yo No, we don’t yo to take it easy with Pinot Grigio. We want a wine that will yo-yo with your expectations. The sleep of reason, wrote Goya, brings forth […]

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An Evening with Jean-Pierre Frick: Fresh Air in the Natural Wine Debate

February 21, 2017

I was fortunate enough to attend a wine dinner at Terroirs Wine Bar hosted Jean-Pierre Frick who has written a book called Du Vin, De l’Air. This slim but beautifully-presented volume with illustrations by Chantal Frick, contains fascinating and provocative philosophical and political insights into the psychology of tasting, discusses what is real and natural, […]

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Meet the Austrians at the Real Wine Fair 2017

February 19, 2017

The Real Wine Fair is pleased to welcome a host of great growers from Austria for our 2017 event. Austrian wines are establishing a reputation throughout the world for their individuality and sheer quality, the result of fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard, and a patient, low-intervention approach towards maturing the wine in the […]

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Doug Decants: The natural Burgundies of Domaine Ballorin and other news!

February 12, 2017

Focus on… The natural Burgundies of Domaine Ballorin Gilles wines are avowedly natural – organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards, ambient ferments with indigenous yeasts in resin-coated vats and stainless steel tanks. We have three newbies – a Fixin Rouge Chenevrières where Gilles manages to dial down the harder edges that Fixin is known. The Marsannays come […]

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Autochthonous

February 7, 2017

I once tasted a Georgian wine that had over 400 grape varieties blended into it. If ever there was a declaration of the symbolic desire to preserve a multi-faceted grape patrimony this was it. Return of the natives Symbolism is not only important – it often goes hand-in-hand with dedicated “grape-culture” rescue missions. Several regions […]

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Dial N for Overkill

February 2, 2017

“When first the crocus thrusts its point of gold/Up through the still snow-drifted garden mound”, then the world of wine suffers a peculiar invasion of bodysnatchers, wherein seemingly rational upstanding members of the wine community are put into an intellectual tailspin because they are unable to cope with the “n” word. They don’t like the […]

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The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Orange

January 30, 2017

  An appreciation of the Don’s alternative reality “During a rally in Florida yesterday Donald Trump boasted about his plans for ISIS and said he will “be their worst nightmare.” Oh, wow, so he’s also running for president of ISIS?” –Seth Meyers “At first Donald Trump came out with guns blazing, said he’s going to […]

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