BYO Podcast full episodes from the Real Wine Fair 2019!

June 4, 2019

BYO Podcast recorded and filmed live at the Real Wine Fair this year! Watch the full line up of growers here and subscribe to the podcast! Christian Binner: Pierre Frick: Will Davenport: Craig Hawkins: Pat Sullivan: Judith Beck: Pedro Marques (Vale da Capucha):

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Bonjour English Wine Week!

May 29, 2019

Some of the most hummingly busy stands at the 2019 Real Wine Fair were the ones hosted by English growers and winemakers. English wine, good English wine, is making waves. Despite the hype in the press about traditional method sparklers, we’ve always been more interested in seeing how still wines perform, or to find wines […]

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The Not-At-All-Real Real Wine Fair Awards

May 28, 2019

A visitor, panic in their eyes, exclaimed to me: “So much wine, so little time!” I felt the same. Two days were not enough. But here are my highlights with a few spoof awards, all with the proviso that I didn’t get near most of the stands. Some were three bodies deep for a good […]

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2019 Real Wine Fair Thoughts

May 21, 2019

I have written about every fair since The Natural Wine Fair in 2011. Sometimes, I am still alight with the afterglow that one gets when one tastes great wines, meets engaged drinkers, and communicates animatedly with dedicated craftsmen and women. Sometimes, I experience that sense of loss one feels when the adrenalin buzz has thoroughly […]

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The Real Wine Fair: So Much More Than A Wine Tasting

April 30, 2019

A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it You’re welcome, we can spare it – yellow socks Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty Going on 40 – no electric shocks The juice of the carrot, the smile of the parrot A little drop of claret […]

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How To Organise A Successful Wine Fair

April 29, 2019

Have a distinctive theme. Many wine tastings are generic and feel like tasting by numbers, others have too narrow a focus. It is clear that this is an artisan fair, where you will meet farmers, growers and wine producers and taste authentic, low-intervention wine. The important thing is that this tasting is mainly about the […]

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Amber Wines and ASMR

April 25, 2019

I sometimes seek a quality in wine that can only be described as tactility. It is that quality wherein the liquid touches taste-buds in such a way both physically and aromatically that it engenders a sense of total phenolic engagement. Which is why I love to drink skin contact/amber wines. They encourage you to roll […]

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Another Fine Unicorn: Gringet “Le Feu”, Domaine Belluard – Haute-Savoie

April 17, 2019

A wine may be rare because it is made in tiny quantities. Or because it is a one-off cuvee, perhaps one necessitated by the nature of a vintage. Or an experiment that succeeded. Or, an experiment that went wrong, and yet perversely succeeded because its oddness became noteworthy. Then there are wines that are rare […]

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Portuguese Wonders at The Real Wine Fair

April 15, 2019

There are always amazing discoveries to be made at the Real Wine Fair. The 2019 Fair features some wines from Portugal that are definitely worth the detour. Herdade do Cebolal is nestled on Alentejo coast at the south edge of Setubal wine region, although it can hardly be defined by broad geographical references. It’s all about […]

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Ugly Ducklings into Swans: A Real Wine Event at Solent Cellar

April 15, 2019

Every year, I am kindly invited by Heather and Simon of Solent Cellarto do a tasting masterclass at their cosy wine shop in Lymington in conjunction with Real Wine Month. This year I wanted to nail a particular theme and the idea of demonstrating the potential of so-called unloved varieties sprang to mind, the varieties that most effectively release […]

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