The First Wine Cuckoo of Spring

April 4, 2018

The cuckoo in Wordsworth’s poem heralds the coming of spring, and whilst the cuckoo chants her merry song, one may also discern a more discordant vernal sound – that of a winemaker or critic exploding messily into print about natural wine. This is a subject that lies dormant over the winter months, but, as the […]

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Spotlight on: Te Whare Ra, Marlborough New Zealand

March 27, 2018

TWR – The Faré Side Te Whare Ra (TWR), pronounced Te Faré Rha (House of the Sun), is the oldest little winery & vineyard in Marlborough, being first established in 1979 in the sub-region of Renwick. Since 2003 it has been owned and operated by two vignerons – Anna & Jason Flowerday. She’s an Aussie […]

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Doug decants: Lovamor, Alfredo Maestro

March 27, 2018

Quoth the wine drinker… Lovamor! Do we love Albillo? Or what? It appears both fruitily in Nicolas Marcos’ La Fanfarria Blanco alongside Albarin (one Cangas wine you will never rue), and in the toothsome Lovamor by Alfredo Maestro. But what is it? In 2010, ampelographers using DNA analysis, discovered a parent-offspring relationship between Albillo and […]

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Some wine regions are born, some achieve greatness…

March 26, 2018

Having clocked up five hundred plus blogs, I sometimes feel that I have exhausted wine subjects to write about. Requiring inspiration, I consequently trawl social media in search of provocative opinions and look to field-and- respond to wine related questions that people throw out for their friends and acquaintances. One question recently lobbed out by […]

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Les Caves de Key Kegs

March 26, 2018

Key Kegs have been around for some time as a means of dispensing wine, but arguably have only really taken off in the UK in the past three to four years. The Concept Essentially a wine preserving bag, inside a keg. As a result, it can be operated using compressed air rather than bulky and […]

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Terroir matters

March 21, 2018

I was weaned on James Frazer. ‘The propensity to excessive simplification is indeed natural to the mind of man, since it is only by abstraction and generalisation, which necessarily imply the neglect of a multitude of particulars, that he can stretch his puny faculties so as to embrace a minute portion of the illimitable vastness […]

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30 years of Fatalone Primitivo Riserva: A Report

March 20, 2018

The History of Fatalone The Fatalone name originated with Filippo Petrera (2nd generation), Nicola’s son, who was, in his time, nicknamed Il Fatalone. It quickly caught on becoming the family nickname. Fatalone translates literally into ‘Lady Killer’ or ‘one who can boast to be an irresistible seducer of women’, much like the legendary Don Juan. […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of François Rousset-Martin, Jura

March 20, 2018

Some growers seem to be born iconic, some have iconic status thrust upon them and some seem to avoid the limelight entirely, simply content to sell their wines. It helps to protect your identity when you are located in Nevy-sur-Seille, a village tucked away in the Vallée des Reculées, where François Rousset-Martin makes his wine. […]

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Natural Wine Philosophy: Non-Philosophical Musings

March 13, 2018

What is your personal philosophy, Lucy asks Charlie Brown. He thinks for a moment: ‘Life is like an ice cream cone – you have to lick it one day at a time.’ Although I haven’t written about the topic of natural wine for ages I haven’t broken out in hives. Wine philosophy, after all, is […]

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The Stirrings of a UK Wine Culture

March 9, 2018

Are you curious to know if there a disjunction between London and the rest of the UK in terms of wine taste? Although I am mainly interested in regional attitudes towards natural wines, one may broaden the terms of reference to include all interesting, authentic, terroir-driven wines, unusual styles, and offbeat grape varieties. We have […]

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