Doug Decants: Ca’ dei Zago Prosecco

November 29, 2021

Poetry in Prosecco Christian Zago, accompanied by Marika, represents the 5th generation of growers at Ca’ dei Zago, a family farm in the heart of Valdobbiadene. The most important part of this family legacy is the vineyards—now totalling around 6.5 hectares—and the hands-on, hands-off way the Zagos treat them. Since the origin as a mixed […]

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Decanting: Judith Beck Hunny Bunny

November 22, 2021

It is axiomatic that every producer of new-wave natural wine should have at least one label that is graphic or flirts with the suggestive. The No Sexual Services Pink Bunny label is a photo that Uli (Judith’s other half) took in the streets of Tokyo. They added the “Hunny Bunny” and the Beck logo – […]

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Les Caves de Bojo!

November 17, 2021

At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, […]

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Musing about simplicity

November 15, 2021

When eating out in restaurants, it is refreshing to encounter a clear focus on principal ingredients, showcasing two, perhaps three things on a plate, a dish that may be tackled with a knife and a fork (or even picked up with one’s fingers), as opposed to voguish blobs, spumes, smears, foams, jellies and blancmanges, wherein […]

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‘A Crisis of Authenticity’ and other thoughts by guest blogger Laura Milnes

November 10, 2021

–By Laura Milnes German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel developed a theory known as the Hegelian dialectic that posits: A beginning proposition called a thesis A negation of that thesis called the antithesis A synthesis whereby the two conflicting ideas are reconciled to form a new proposition Anti knowledge vs Old Guard Prevailing and old […]

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Decanting: The wines of El Pinto

November 9, 2021

New thrillers from Parrilla El Pinto is a collaboration between Les Caves de Pyrene and Hacienda La Parrilla. The idea behind this project is to create excellent value wines from sustainably grown grapes, as naturally as possible; wines that will identify with the characteristics of the area. The vineyards are part of a 500-ha estate […]

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Spotlight on: Domaine Maupertuis

November 1, 2021

Jean Maupertuis tends 3.8 hectares of vines in the commune of Saint-Georges-sur-Allier and La Roche Noir in Auvergne. He works principally with a local version of Gamay referred to as “Gamay d’Auvergne”, but also owns a little bit of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a tiny amount of Noirfleurien, an ancient local varietal found only in his […]

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Crazy, Crazy Wines

October 28, 2021

Barking oddities and their relations This is our music, we love it loud -Kiss, Crazy Crazy Nights There was a time when natty wine was in its nappies (historically-speaking), so much so that you couldn’t move for the “f” word. F denoting funk. Funk meant everything that was strange about the wines, from the way […]

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Decanting: Celler Credo V-d-re

October 25, 2021

V-d-re is a new wine from Celler Credo, another lucid expression of Xarel-lo from Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in the Alt Penedès, a passion project from Antoni Mata Casanovas, second generation of the Recaredo family. Antoni has worked tirelessly in the management, creativity, representation and oenology of Recaredo. Under the concept “transparency guides the way” and […]

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Decanting: Kumpf & Meyer

October 20, 2021

In the 1990’s, Philippe Meyer and Sophie Kumpf, both from long-established Alsatian winemaking families, married, and founded a new winemaking estate ‘Kumpf et Meyer’ with its winery situated in the village of Rosheim. In 2009, when they divorced, Philippe sold his share of the business back to Sophie, who wanted to carry on making wine. […]

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