Category Archives: Making Wine

Earlier this year something rather shocking went on in wine. Pierre Olivier Clouet, since 2008 the young technical director of St Emilion’s Chateau Cheval Blanc, (see pic) came to London, stood on his feet and waxed passionately about what he and the team at the chateau think makes it tick … Continue reading

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Two weeks ago 5000 people attended two separate ‘Natural Wine’ fairs in London, many the paying public on a Sunday and the rest wine trade professionals working’ (lol!) by tasting wines on the Monday and Tuesday.  One was called RAW, the other The Real Wine Fair.  Lest … Continue reading

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Part 1 of this two-piece blog, here, looked at what’s behind the recent big move to sparkling wine in England.  In Part 2 we wonder what to call it. Apart from the rather boring mouthful ’Quality English Sparkling Wine’, what shall we call English … Continue reading

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I vividly remember a visit in 1997 to 65 acre Chiddingstone Vineyards in Kent, now defunct several years. As the engaging and now late Dudley Quirk fried sausages for lunch I told him what I thought of the Chiddingstone wines … Continue reading

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Home winemaking has always seemed a bit infra dig to me; the kind of pastime that goes on in the nether regions of remote English counties and their towns, something to contemplate for retirement.  Perhaps along with joining the local … Continue reading

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‘Natural’ must be the most overworked buzz word in the language; one that normally rational adults are wary of, even dismissive of its marketing meaninglessness.  It should set your bullshit antennae on red alert.  For its vague promise of well-being, … Continue reading

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