Can Natural Wines Age?

August 11, 2017

The beauty of natural wines is their singularity. Constantly evolving, they need to find their own time and place. The best natural wines result from sensible farming. Healthier vineyards, tended by hand, with rigorous selection, produce healthier grapes, which have the wherewithal, or material, to produce wines with dense structure. A wine’s capacity to age […]

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What We Are Reading: The Dirty Guide to Wine + Tasting Georgia

August 7, 2017

The Dirty Guide To Wine Following Flavours From Ground To Glass by Alice Feiring We often think of wine in a very square way – for example, we might group wines by their respective grape varieties. Alice Feiring‘s book takes us back to the vineyards where wines originate and digs both deep into the soil […]

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Doug Decants: 2016 Burja Zelen, Vipavska Dolina

August 7, 2017

The third generation to cultivate grapes in his region, Primoz left the family estate in 2009 to start his own label, ‘Burja’, the name of the strong wind that blows through the Vipava Valley. The soils here are called Flysch, (a sandwich of sandstone, marl, breccia and conglomerate). Zelen is indigenous to Vipava Valley. Historically, […]

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Passion for Natural Wines – La Cav magazine, Chile

August 5, 2017

–By Francisca Jara V. Translation by Amy Morgan. In the world of wine, almost everything can be controlled. From the temperature of fermentation to its colour. But last May, 170 producers from 20 countries gathered at The Real Wine Fair to show the world – in 700 wines – that it’s also possible to use […]

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Chatting with: Derek Morrison at The Good Wine Shop

July 31, 2017

Derek Morrison is the Retail Manager at The Good Wine Shop, an independent wine merchant with shops in Kew and Chiswick in West London. Derek is also the co-founder of Grower Champagne Month, a campaign, festival, and platform dedicated to the promotion of wines produced by small vignerons in Champagne, which ran all of June […]

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Coming soon to a wine portfolio near you…

July 24, 2017

As the great Oscar Wilde didn’t say: “There’s only one thing better than talking about wine that has arrived in our bonded warehouse, and that’s talking about wines that have not arrived.” So, we’re not going to wet your whistle, but we will hopefully whet your appetite with some forthcoming new-and-groovy attractions. Americana! Proving that […]

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Doug Decants: Macon Cuvée 910, Clos des Vignes du Maynes

July 24, 2017

AKA Life in the Bojo slow lane and Cistercians doing it for themselves Macon-Cruzille Rouge “Cuvée 910” a field blend that harks back a millennium plus change. (or no change) This Macon pits Gamay, Pinot and Chardonnay into one pot. Tis a wine brimming with freshness, tap-dancing insouciantly across the tongue. It has the signature […]

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Chill the Rouge!

July 24, 2017

Chilled reds are not just for summer. In summer, all reds should either spend an hour cooling their heels in the fridge, or be granted a swift bath in an ice bucket. This helps to damp down the alcohol, freshen the acidity and focus the fruit flavours. Certain wines, however, should always be served frais […]

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All you needed to know about Oregon: Part Three – Alternative Perspectives

July 22, 2017

Alternative Perspectives As one may easily see Oregon is home to a highly unified, friendly and supportive producer network. I would go further: In my experience, Oregon presents the most united front of any wine country or region in the world in terms of sharing and problem-solving. Oregon has excellent ground rules and exacting standards, […]

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All you needed to know about Oregon: Part Two – The Emergence of Wine Culture

July 17, 2017

History & The Emergence of Wine Culture The history of Oregon and its wine industry might be characterised as one that has progressed by leaps and bounds in a very short period. Geography and climate are factors, but it is the people who ultimately create the culture. And it is events that catalyse change. Although […]

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