Category Archives: Wine Tastings

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 – 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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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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Italians at The Glasshouse, Kew

When you alight from the train from Central London at Kew Gardens station you cross the tracks and immediately feel you are in a village. The tall trees surrounding the station set the scene for the famous gardens down the … Continue reading

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London Wine Fair 2022 – Olympia as Dionysus Might Have Imagined It

As I said in an Instagram post on Wednesday, the London Wine Fair is perhaps not my usual habitat, at least at first sight, but it does give me the opportunity to look outside my box and discover some new … Continue reading

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Real Wine Fair 2022 (Part 3)

This is the final part of my coverage of the Real Wine Fair 2022. We shall step out of mainland Europe to cover producers from England, South Africa, Georgia and Lebanon. It brings to a close a fantastic event, but … Continue reading

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Real Wine Fair 2022 (Part 2)

In my introduction to Part One of my coverage of RealWine 2022 I mentioned that, wandering around the tables and bumping into friends, I was bombarded with producer recommendations, most of which I had no time to visit. One or … Continue reading

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Real Wine Fair 2022 (Part 1)

RealWine, or the Real Wine Fair, took place at London’s Tobacco Dock venue on Sunday and Monday. This is one of the biggest natural wine fairs in the UK (along with Raw Wine), and possibly in Europe now. Organised for … 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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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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