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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.

Gut Oggau Visit, August 2022

I might have mentioned previously that when we visited Moravia we flew into Vienna. The route worked best to minimise overall travel, and to avoid Stansted. It also afforded an opportunity to spend a couple of nights in Rust. This … Continue reading

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Moravia 2022 – Richard Stávek, Maverick and Magician

First, an apology, both to my readers and to Richard Stávek, for taking so long to write about these wines. First, we returned from Moravia a week-and-a-half before moving house, and indeed country. Then, the same number of days into … Continue reading

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Moravia 2022 – Jaroslav Osicka

Jaroslav Osička is a legend in Moravian natural wine, a kind of Pierre Overnoy. Except that Jaroslav not only makes wine, but taught at the local wine school for thirty years. Many of the younger generation of winemakers learnt from … Continue reading

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Moravia 2022 – Krásna Horá Winery

Krásna Horá means beautiful hill, or mountain, in Czech, and the winery which sits at the bottom of it in the village of Nový Poddvorov, and is named after it, nestles among extremely attractive, gently rolling, Moravian hills. However, in … Continue reading

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Moravia 2022 – Petr Koráb, Boleradice

“We were pretty tired on arrival in the village of Boleradice, about two hours north of Vienna, a relaxed drive through a pastoral idyll of rolling hills and vineyards, and very little traffic, a world away from what we had … Continue reading

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Autentikfest 2022, Moravia

I’ve just returned from a trip to Moravia in the south of the Czech Republic. The main reason for going was an invitation to Autentikfest 2022, the wine festival for the Czech natural wine movement, but whilst there I also … Continue reading

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New Wine Leaders 1 – Christina Rasmussen

I was flicking through one of those trade magazines, one which always helps to form a disorderly pile beside my bed after a big event like the London Wine Fair. Anyway, this copy had one of those rankings of young … Continue reading

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Journey Through the Past to get Lost in a Field

Back at the end of May I was wandering around the Tobacco Dock venue for the Real Wine Fair and I happened to spy Tim Wildman. I have been a fan of his Aussie Petnats for ages, so I thought … Continue reading

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Recent Wines, Off-Topic

Why off-topic? My “Recent Wines” articles are almost exclusively made up of wines drunk at home, and the ten wines here were drunk on two evenings last week whilst staying with friends in the New Forest. But perhaps “off-topic” also … Continue reading

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Recent Wines June 2022 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

Part 2 of June’s “Recent Wines” is, as a half-dozen, perhaps, almost as diverse as it can be, although I’m sure someone will be there to shoot down that statement with regard to origin (no Americans, Africans or Antipodeans). I … Continue reading

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