At the Real Wine Fair

Yesterday and today (Monday), it’s the Real Wine Fair. This is one of two large natural wine fairs that takes place annually in London, and it’s completely, utterly fabulous. Around 150 winegrowers from around the world are gathered to pour their wines, and there’s also lots of food, and a seminar program. Sunday was the [...]

Gamay focus 20, Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2014 'N'

This is one of the most famous of all Beaujolais. It’s from the estate of the late Marcel Lapierre, now run by his son Matthieu, who has now been involved for over 10 years, and his daughter Camille. Lapierre  have 13 hectares in Villie-Morgon, farmed organically. They were pioneers of natural Beaujolais, and the only [...]

Extended tasting note: Domaine Lucci Spring Red 2015, natural goodness from Anton

I haven’t done an extended tasting note for a while. These are notes that attempt to look a little deeper at a wine, putting the drinking experience in context. This was a wine that I thought deserved such a note.

Domaine Lucci Spring Red 2015 Adelaide Hills, Australia

This is an unusual wine. It’s made by Anton [...]

Cantina Giardino Fino 'Gaia' 2010 Campania, Italy

I love this wine. I was rummaging around various piles of bottles trying to find something to drink, and I came across this. It was a total surprise: vital, complex, beguiling and multidimensional.

It’s the ‘Gaia’ Fiano from Cantina Giardino. This winery started in 1997 as a joint venture shared among six friends, who wanted to [...]

Gamay focus 18, G Spot Vin de...France 2014 Beaujolais-Villages

This wine is from France Gonzalez, who works in Beaujolais. Even though it’s labelled Vin de France, it isn’t. She uses Vin de … France because of her first name, and she’ll probably get in trouble for it one day. It’s actually Beaujolais Villages. I bought it from The Sampler after trying her Nouveau 2015 [...]

Some post Rootstock thoughts on naturalness in wine

[This post was written immediately after the authentic/natural wine festival Rootstock that I attended a month ago. I've held off publishing it until now.]

The subject of natural wine is still controversial. Rootstock, which is pretty much a natural wine fair, has many friends, but also its critics, and I feel caught in the middle, slightly. [...]

In Gippsland with Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan

Bill Downie

The flight from Adelaide to Melbourne is a short one, and before I knew it I was at the arrivals hall, being greeted by Bill Downie. We headed off to the city for a spot of lunch and to meet with Adi Badenhorst, who was to be joining me for the rest of [...]

Video: Rootstock Sydney 2015

So here’s a short film from last week’s Rootstock, a natural/artisan wine fair held in Sydney, Australia. It was quite an event, and in this video I just tried to capture a bit of its flavour. The venue, Carriageworks – in the sketchy but now gentrified suburb of Redfern – was just perfect. The clip [...]

Dinner at Taras and Amber's with the Basket Range crew

After our tour of the Basket Range it was off to dinner at Taras and Amber’s place, which is secluded and fringed with green. This is not what you’d expect from, Australia in late November. We arrive to find quite a crowd gathered, all relaxed, happy and engaged with each other. This is pretty much [...]

The Manon Wild Nature wines, made from abandoned vineyards

At my dinner with the Adelaide Hills Basket Range guys, it was great to meet Monique Millton (daughter of Gisborne, NZ’s James and Annie Millton) and Tim Webber. They are making wine together under the Manon label. One thing they are doing that is, as far as I know, pretty unique, is to make wines [...]