Category Archives: Artisan Wines

Wines of the Year 2018 and stuff like that

It seems a little early to be doing a review of the year at the end of November, but I suspect there will be plenty of other things I want to write about before the Christmas hangover has disappeared, so … Continue reading

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Recent Wines October/November 2018 #theglouthatbindsus

Quite a diverse range from the past six weeks at home, although four of the ten wines here are from Jura, perhaps a poor attempt to clear a bit of space for the purchases which will be made in the … Continue reading

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Les Caves at Pew Corner

Everyone knows Les Caves de Pyrene, right? Celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, it is easy to forget, in a country awash with fine young importers of natural and biodynamic wines, that Les Caves were the pioneers. Their portfolio is now … Continue reading

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Recent Wines (September 2018) #theglouthatbindsus

September saw Southern England’s summer continue (as it has done up until this weekend, but though I type in glorious sunshine the wind has turned and the Nebbiolo season may be about to start). The wines here are therefore still … Continue reading

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Uncharted Territory

I had intended to write an article combining the wines from Uncharted Wines and Swig that I tasted last week at Out the Box with those I tasted at their joint portfolio tasting at The China Exchange in Soho yesterday. Looking at the number of wines I want … Continue reading

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Out the Box 2018

September is a busy month for Tastings, so I apologise that this article is appearing, unusually, almost a week after the event. I’m covering five importers here: Maltby & Greek, Modal Wines, The Knotted Vine, Basket Press Wines and Red Squirrel Wine. I simply … Continue reading

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Downstairs at Eric’s (and Doug’s) Part 1 – Otros Vinos in the Basement at Terroirs

September is Tastings Month. There are several events almost every day, so it’s impossible to get to them all. It’s also impossible to keep up my usual timely posts, splitting writing with sipping wine all day. For those who have … Continue reading

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Restyling Wine – Les Caves de Pyrene at Thirty

Back in the 1990s I discovered a wine merchant who appeared to sell all the weird and wonderful wines I’d come to love over the previous decade. I’d just had a few trips to Aosta, and I couldn’t believe I … Continue reading

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Tillingham Update (Sept 2018)

I wrote about my visit to Ben Walgate’s Tillingham Wines back in June, here. Quite a lot of interest has been generated in what Ben Walgate is doing there, in the far east of Sussex. This is in part because he … Continue reading

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Sisters Are Doin’ It at Weingut Renner

Our trip to visit Rennersistas at Gols began very early with a forty-five minute train ride from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Neusiedl-am-See, and an eleven kilometre cycle into the wind. It made us slightly late and very hot for our 10.30 appointment, but … Continue reading

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