Very interesting development in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. I’s a coalition of Marlborough wine growers, called MANA, for Marlborough Natural Winegrowers. The five producers involved are Fromm, Herzog, Huia, Seresin and Te Whare Ra.
I like their approach, and like their wines. Here’s what they say about the venture:
‘Natural Winegrowing’ isn’t a prescriptively defined term and [...]
Natural wines are often expensive, but frequently worth it. Here’s one that’s fantastic, and affordable. I can’t find it on the Oddbins website, so it may be a case of scouring stores to locate bottles. But this is a wine worth hunting down, I reckon. One of my bargains of the year, especially at the [...]
Cheverny is a little-known appellation in the Loire. Here are two contrasting wines. In the red corner, a wonderful natural-style wine that’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. In the white, a more accessible blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay (this is typical of the region’s whites, although Chenin and Arbois are also allowed).
Spent the evening with Doug Wregg at Terroirs. It’s hard to imagine a better evening of food and wine: authentic, expressive and in good measure. It proved hard to draw myself away to catch the last train back home.
We dined well. Matje Herring, a bit like ceviche, was delicious, as were the clams with coriander [...]
Two interesting expressions of Beaujolais, from a couple of the natural wine crowd. Beaujolais is a real hub of natural winemakers, many of whom were inspired by the late Jules Chauvet, widely recognized as the father of natural wine.
Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly 2007 Beaujolais
13% alcohol. A startling wine: fresh, spicy and a bit animal, with a [...]
It’s Friday evening. After a cloudy, cool day we are being treated to a bright, warm-ish summer’s evening, and so I am sitting outside, glass in hand, blogging before I cook dinner.
One of the joys of the blog is that content can be of the moment. Unplanned; spontaneous. You get a pure communication, unfiltered and [...]
This is one of the most drinkable wines in the universe. It’s a natural Crozes Hermitage made without any additions, and it’s simply beautiful. It’s not terribly profound, but it is joyful and has hints of seriousness. From natural wine legends Dard & Ribo.
RJ Dard & F Ribo ‘C’est le Printemps’ Crozes Hermitage 2009 Northern [...]
I spent the morning filming undercover with the BBC (which was very exciting; I’ll tell you more when I can), before heading over to Aspinall’s on Curzon Street for an incredible lunch (see The Metro review), with a vertical of the wines of Josko Gravner, one of the world’s most interesting wine growers.
Aspinall’s is a [...]
Spent a good portion of today at the Real Wine tasting convened by UK importer (of mainly natural wines) Les Caves de Pyrene. Rarely have I spent a day tasting such thrilling, diverse, intellectually challenging and soul-seducing bottles.
But what exactly are natural wines?
There’s no strict definition, and I’m not sure we should introduce one, or [...]