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About dccrossley

Writing here and elsewhere mainly about the outer reaches of the wine universe and the availability of wonderful, characterful, wines from all over the globe. Very wide interests but a soft spot for Jura, Austria and Champagne, with a general preference for low intervention in vineyard and winery. Other passions include music (equally wide tastes) and travel. Co-organiser of the Oddities wine lunches.

Recent Wines April 2022 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

Moving on to Part 2 of the wines we drank here at home during April, you might wonder that we are drinking all our favourite wines like there’s no tomorrow! Well, it’s true that you don’t want to leave all … Continue reading

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Recent Wines April 2022 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

Almost half way through May and finally some wines from April emerge. I’m late because I had another week in Scotland, fuelled more by Whisky than wine, it must be said. But now back in the South of England, I … Continue reading

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Dermot Sugrue – Wiston and Sugrue South Downs

The long Easter Bank Holiday here was not without its pleasures, a lovely picnic and some wonderful food, but it was mostly dedicated to decorating. It was rather nice, therefore, to be getting up bright and early last Tuesday to … Continue reading

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Recent Wines March 2022 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

Continuing swiftly into Part 2 of the wines we most enjoyed at home during March, we begin with a gorgeous Crémant du Jura, then a long-time friend from Burgenland, my first taste of a natural wine producer from Alsace, a … Continue reading

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Recent Wines March 2022 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

March already seems an age away. I’m late with my “Recent Wines” articles, in part because of the Vineyards of Hampshire piece, but we’ve also got builders in so we’re a bit upside down. There are only a dozen wines … Continue reading

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Vineyards of Hampshire 2022

It was a little over two years ago that I was at 67 Pall Mall for the last Vineyards of Hampshire Press and Trade Tasting. It was nice to see some old friends among those exhibiting, and to taste the … Continue reading

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Winemakers Club (March 2022)

I joined a few friends at Winemakers Club, under the arches at Holborn Viaduct, on Wednesday night. That wouldn’t usually be worthy of comment but for the fact that it was my first evening in London since the beginning of … Continue reading

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Basket Press Wines – Portfolio Tasting March 2022

The tasting round seems to be getting back in full swing now and I think for most people writing about wine there are just too many to write about. On Monday 14th March Basket Press Wines held theirs, at The … Continue reading

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Breaky Bottom – A Different Perspective on English Wine

Sometimes something is right under your nose but it takes a while to see it. Regular readers will know I drink the wines of Breaky Bottom with some frequency, because most (but not all) of the currently extant cuvées have … Continue reading

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Recent Wines February 2022 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

The second part of the most interesting wines drunk at home during February really does contain some crackers. It would be impossible to single out a wine of the month from this part alone, hard enough even to choose a … Continue reading

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