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Some wines from Vinnaturo

They first caught my eye at love + labour‚Äôs natural wine tasting at Salut Wines the other week. There were several nondescript pouches of wines sitting on¬†one small table, and it was largely that low-key presentation that piqued my interest. … Continue reading

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An embarrassment of wines

The reason these wines are something of an embarrassment for me is that¬†I like them so much. So much in fact, that they all got my top rating at some point in the past year or so. You might think … Continue reading

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Scheu… aber Geil 2016 – a dry Scheurebe, Emil Bauer

“Sheu aber geil” translates as “shy but horny”. Scheu also being the surname of the German viticulturalist who in 1916 created¬†Scheurebe by crossing Riesling and another variety. Wine Grapes describes it as underrated, and from my limited experience I have … Continue reading

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Sweet sparkling Tokaji from Lidl

The producer of this sparkling Tokaji wine from Hungary is Keurus Winery. It’s 11.5% alcohol, and ¬£7.99 from Lidl. I thought it would be an interesting wine to try, and was sent a sample by Lidl. Lidl call it a … Continue reading

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A trip to Alsace

Just a week after returning from Santorini, I was waking up to¬†a very different view from the bedroom window –¬†green, misty and with a touch of frost on the ground, the Vosges mountain range in the background rising over¬†an Alsace … Continue reading

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Santorini wines and producers

I feel that any attempt at being systematic in a post on producers and their wines would be too presumptuous after one visit to the island, but I would still like to write a little about what I found and … Continue reading

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Two wines from Georgia

In preparation for¬†a Georgia wine trip planned¬†for¬†next year, I spent quite a bit of time¬†on the Georgia tables¬†at the Autumn SITT tasting, and now feel I have much better idea of what to expect. For example, I now have expectations … Continue reading

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Moscatel do Douro

I have undoubtedly drunk Moscatel do Douro before, but¬†I must have¬†thought they were¬†either Douro DOC wines or varietal white Ports, because it came as a bit of a surprise to discover that¬†it has its¬†own DOC.¬†The wines are made from at … Continue reading

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Beck Ink at Squid Ink – an Austrian red at a new restaurant

Squid Ink¬†is a Manchester restaurant that opened¬†only a few months ago, and they suggested Beck Ink¬†to match the current menu, even though¬†the wine¬†did not feature on the printed list. The uncanny relevance of the wine’s label image¬†to¬†our venue was not … Continue reading

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Josmeyer Mise du Printemps – Alsace Pinot Blanc

So often, wine conforms to expectation – perhaps that is simply what the wine is like,¬†or¬†maybe that we¬†can be¬†too blinkered. But sometimes our expectations are given a jolt. Pinot Blanc is at best neutral and refreshing, right? Merely an inexpensive … Continue reading

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