The Newsletters

Please find herewith a small archive of this year’s newsletters (downloadable in PDF format)

Posted by Paul on 16-Aug-2011. Click here to read the full article

The Gospel according to St Doug

After months of toil and reserach the new ‘Bible’ has finally been published

Posted by Paul on 24-Jun-2011. Click here to read the full article

The Discerning Drinker

Andrew Neather in The Evening Standard

Posted by Paul on 24-May-2011. Click here to read the full article

My Big, Fat, Natural Day Out

Christina Pickard gives her take on the Fair

Posted by Paul on 20-May-2011. Click here to read the full article

Jamie Goode at The Natural Wine Fair

The Wine Anorak gets tasting at Borough Market

Posted by Paul on 20-May-2011. Click here to read the full article

Decanter World Wine Awards

A whole raft of Caves de Pyrene wines pick up medals

Posted by Paul on 19-May-2011. Click here to read the full article

Turkish Delight

“We want the finest wines known to humanity” - Withnail & I

Posted by Paul on 24-Jun-2011. Click here to read the full article

The March Newsletter

In all its glory

Posted by Paul on 04-Mar-2011. Click here to read the full article

Robert Giorgione finds fizzical fulPhillyment

Robert Giorgione explains champagne and visits historic Philipponnat.

Posted by Doug on 28-Feb-2011. Click here to read the full article

Natural Wine masterclass at Vagabond Wines

On behalf of the good and the great….

Posted by Doug on 16-Feb-2011. Click here to read the full article

February newsletter the second

News from the home front…

Posted by Doug on 16-Feb-2011. Click here to read the full article

Les Caves de Pyrene - January Newsletter 2nd Edition

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

New Zealand gets Burgundered

On your marks, get set, taste!

Posted by Doug on 14-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Ripping Chenin

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

January 2011 newsletter

New wines, predictions and natural wine argumental…

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Lifting the Bain

Puissant Pouilly…

Posted by Doug on 10-Dec-2010. Click here to read the full article

Jamie on Gatti Lorenzo Raboso

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

December newsletter

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Rank good Chardonnay from Ganevat

I give this peroration 88 points…

Posted by Doug on 29-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Small but beautiful tasting

Natural Chablis, more weirdness from Jura, Anna on Etna and a good-natured Dolcetto…

Posted by Doug on 26-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Gravelly voice Bojo shows his mojo

Naturally musical….....

Posted by Paul on 24-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Autumnal wines

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Salvo Foti’s Vinajancu

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Les Caves November Newsletter

All the news that’s fit to drink…

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Emily’s Pop Up Restaurant

Emily O’Hare talks about the pop-up restaurant she is involved with…

Posted by Doug on 04-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Dario’s Island Adventure

Mr Poddana visits the wilds of Sardinia

Posted by Paul on 02-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Les Caves denizens on parole

Beware of the pyscho-lists!

Posted by Doug on 03-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Good food, good wine, great company

You are cordially invited…

Posted by Doug on 01-Nov-2010. Click here to read the full article

Simon Woods on all things bright and natural

Everything you needed to know about natural wine and were afraid to drink…

Posted by Doug on 26-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Tam Tam by Edouard Laffitte

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Hidalgo at Chez Bruce

Our very own Doug Wregg is caught on camera singing the praises of these wonderful wines.

(Footage is courtesy of Robert Giorgione)

Posted by Paul on 26-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

A new Matassa white and Donati’s funday best

Seriously fun and delightfully serious wines…

Posted by Doug on 22-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Patrick Rols and helpers

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Two wines from Philippe Bornard

Including an amazing late-harvest Savagnin

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

More delicious wines

Improving an already high batting average…

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Natural wine - argumental

On blogs and in wine articles everywhere a profound illogic reigns (a Vulcan writes)...

Posted by Doug on 13-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Pointing the way with top-notch wines

The guilty pleasure of scoring…

Posted by Doug on 10-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Selection of wines in prime form

I’m sticking to my diet of delicious natural wine…

Posted by Doug on 09-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

We double-decant the stories beneath the headlines

You could honestly make it up…

Posted by Doug on 07-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Left-field Aveyron lovelies and a pair of prime Vernaccias

They stoop to Conques in the Aveyron whilst Elisabetta puts the natch into Vernaccia…

Posted by Doug on 06-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Two natural wine manifestos for the price of one

To the critics we say: Cut the carp (sic)

Posted by Doug on 06-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

Big bad tastings

Off limits for the on-trade…

Posted by Doug on 30-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

John’s 2010 vintage update from Gravillas

Lookin’ good…

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Wine, wine and more wine at Terroirs

I remember clearly - nothing…

Posted by Doug on 09-Oct-2010. Click here to read the full article

A great, great Hermitage from Dard et Ribo

Some incredible northern Rhone exposure…

Posted by Doug on 28-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

Ganevat’s superb wines in all their glory

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Hidalgo Sherry Lunch at Chez Bruce

The second in our Sherry and food matching lunches

Posted by Paul on 23-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

Great Unexpecations - L’Inattendu delivers the goodies

“Gris is good” - a gordon gecko hiding under the stones in the vineyard…

Posted by Doug on 23-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

The first wave of new arrivals

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Posted by Doug on 26-Jan-2011. Click here to read the full article

Meta-Muscadet

Hello, bivalves, everywhere… And a crackerjack red Macon…

Posted by Doug on 13-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

State of the Wine Nation Musings

The Good, The Bad and Ugly again…

Posted by Doug on 11-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

A beauty of bevvies

Sometimes we taste good wines at our sales meetings….

Posted by Doug on 15-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

International Whine Challenge Awards

In an alternate universe somewhere at the end of Park Lane a strange event happened…

Posted by Doug on 13-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

Recently tasted - much appreciated

Mad Men may be good, but it ain’t a patch on this old Mad-iran…

Posted by Doug on 05-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

Diverse book reviews

Catching up on holiday reading. These are edited book reviews (reminds me of when I was school and one had to describe the book for 99% of the review and tack on a comment such as - “this is why I liked it!”)

Posted by Doug on 04-Sep-2010. Click here to read the full article

Jasnieres and Montlouis - the Chenin ring of confidence

Two Chenins with classy chassis…

Posted by Doug on 28-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Fram-a-lam-a-ding-a-ling

Good Framingham vibes…

Posted by Doug on 27-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Thoughts on note taking and wine writing

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Posted by Doug on 23-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

A trip to Sokol Blosser in Oregon

Oregon accumulator - with apologies to Hawkwind.

Posted by Doug on 23-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Big fish eats medium size fish

Big wine companies are still vying with each other to bolt on new business by any means. At what cost identity…

Posted by Doug on 18-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Doffing my hattie to the Gatti red

This is the best Raboso I have ever tasted. This is the only Raboso I have ever tasted…

Posted by Doug on 13-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Prosecco sur lie Gatti

A joyous fizz to stimulate some purple prose(cco)...

Posted by Doug on 10-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Happy Hebridean hols

Harris - paradise refrigerated…

Posted by Doug on 23-Aug-2010. Click here to read the full article

Natural wine listing at Terroirs for Observer Food Monthly

Another batch of natch…

Posted by Doug on 22-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Reds can be the new roses

Freshen up those ruby-reds…

Posted by Doug on 18-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Nosh and slosh at Terroirs

A sextet of vinous pearls…

Posted by Doug on 14-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Bubbling over - a full fizzical examination

Champagne versus Pet Nat. Which is better? There’s only one way to find out. FIGHT!!!!

Posted by Doug on 12-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

La Luce is on the loose

Fourth time lucky and then patience (and faith) is rewarded…

Posted by Doug on 07-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Yummy-scrummy Mauzac Noir from Plageoles

Take one obscure grape variety…

Posted by Doug on 04-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Rebranding French wine

Bog standard mentality…

Posted by Doug on 04-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Definitive Italian Tasting

Green, amber and the odd red wines… and some real stormers…

Posted by Doug on 02-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

Chateau Butlins

Camp culture…

Posted by Doug on 04-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

More news headlines

In vino veritas…

Posted by Doug on 23-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

New luxury hotel opens in Rioja - The Eagles pen a song

With apologies…

Posted by Doug on 22-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Beaujolais-palooza!

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Posted by Doug on 22-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Laughing all the way to the Barranco

Obscure maybe, but this Spanish natural vin jaune tastealike certainly reaches the heights…

Posted by Doug on 21-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Definiton of natural wine

Put these grapevine clippings in your pipe and smoke it…

Posted by Doug on 20-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Actual new stories

You couldn’t make it up - could you?

Posted by Doug on 19-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

More natural meanderings…

Some thoughts in no particular order…

Posted by Doug on 13-Jul-2010. Click here to read the full article

The Mousseux is on the loose

Pinky is perky…

Posted by Doug on 17-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Boundary between spring and summer

I kick off the Chateau Boundary wine club…

Posted by Doug on 17-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

I Vigneri by Salvo Foti

High on a volcano was a lonely goatherd…

Posted by Doug on 12-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Cauzon Blanco

An exceptional white Granada white…

Posted by Doug on 11-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

A beautiful red from Granada

Well above the plain in Spain. An altitude wine with attitude…

Posted by Doug on 09-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Summer List 2010 - reasons to be cheerful

More is… more

Posted by Doug on 07-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

A Saint-Chinian with excellent chi

Nom de chinian!

Posted by Doug on 02-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Mullineux wines - Swartland beauts

A Rhone-like white and a fabulous straw wine…

Posted by Doug on 02-Jun-2010. Click here to read the full article

Two gems from curry night chez moi - Dard Crozes & Buisson Pouilleux

Nineteen, twenty - our glasses were quickly empty…

Posted by Doug on 25-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Kaiton from Pliger and Montevertine

Plu-perfection!

Posted by Doug on 21-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Irouleguy Blanc Hegoxuri - Basqueing in Glory

The wine that had everything - and a bit extra - on the day…

Posted by Doug on 18-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Luna toons

Grape art…

Posted by Doug on 16-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Supermarket sweeping discounts - deal or no deal?

The nature of the game…

Posted by Doug on 16-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Tim Atkin reviews some natural wines in the Times

Wines with a high yum factor…

Posted by Doug on 13-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Fizz-ling into nothingness

Too natural to stay within the confines of the bottle…

Posted by Doug on 13-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Notching up the naturals - Highlights of Real Wine 2010

Some thoughts about natural wines and a few highlights from Real Wine 2010…

Posted by Doug on 10-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Time to fill one’s drinking boots

Returning to the fray after an absence….

Posted by Doug on 08-May-2010. Click here to read the full article

Italian wines at the Decanter Tasting - Part Due

More news of good, bad and plug-ugly wines…

Posted by Doug on 29-Apr-2010. Click here to read the full article

A mixed day of Italians at Decanter tasting

Phew - I survived.

Posted by Doug on 28-Apr-2010. Click here to read the full article

Christina Pickard puts the ra-ra into Real Wine

What can one say except thanks for the warm-hearted comments…

Check out Christina’s web site: http://www.winewithchristina.co.uk

Posted by Doug on 26-Apr-2010. Click here to read the full article

Highly illuminating surveys - Part 23

Ze Brits - zey know nothing about nothing…

Posted by Doug on 12-Apr-2010. Click here to read the full article

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