Our new portfolio of Californian and Oregon producers was showing well in an autumn tasting at The Orangery, Cavendish Square in London. Here's a selection of the wines that Les Caves staff found most enticing
Staff picks from US tasting
Owner of Golden Cluster Jeff Vejr tells us about the development of winemaking in Oregon and a tale of rediscovered Semillon vines...
Interview with Oregon's Jeff Vejr
After a break of one year, the Real Wine Fair is returning to Tobacco Dock in Wapping on 17-18 April 2016.
The Real Wine Fair
Event returns to Wapping for 2016
A celebratory evening for Les Caves at the annual Harpers Wine & Spirit Awards
Best in show
Les Caves wins Harpers award
Joyous energy in evidence at Les Caves' Italian tasting at Vini Italiani in South Kensington...
Tasting takes in Tuscany and beyond
A gastronomic tasting tour of London with our Spanish expert David Canadas
Real Sherry Tapas Walks
Fine sherry and fine dining
When the celebrated steakhouse Hawksmoor opened its first northern outpost, Les Caves de Pyrene was on board to provide four wines for its eclectic list?
House wine at Hawksmoor
Spanish red, perfect for steak
Les Caves' Feats of Clay tasting brought together 15 producers and more than 40 wines, all with the distinction of having being vinified in clay pots: qvevri, amphora or tinaja.
Feats of Clay tasting
The story of a Chilean winemaking family, their friendly horses, and some crazy vines
The wild vineyard
Villalobos: the art of nature
Meet Our Team
Affectionately known as Le Grand Fromage. An all-action rugby player until his knees (and various other parts) gave out, Eric moved to England in the 1980s, taking up the cause of natural wines from his homeland with typically Occitan flair. Now dividing his time between London and Sicily (making wine on the slopes of Mount Etna with partner Anna Martens and their two sons), he is very much the spirit and guiding light of Les Caves de Pyrene, its presiding palate and ideas guru.
Founder and chairman
The voice of reason. Amy’s efficiency and super-powers of organisation have propelled her speedily through the ranks at Les Caves de Pyrene. Since becoming operations manager in 2013, she has been the very glue of the company - involved in every aspect of organisation and corporate strategy. In 2015 Amy was appointed managing director - despite the gravitas that the position confers she is still the partiest animal in the Les Caves menagerie.
Former sommelier Doug was an early recruit to Eric’s merry band and is author to the epic poem/doorstop that is the Les Caves de Pyrene wine list. Recently, he has been allowed out to play and is cultivating a role as a wine buyer in several foreign fields. The rest of his time is spent herding stray cats in the sales team and blogging his heart out. His appearances at the office are so infrequent that he is reputed to be a mythical creature and for this reason has acquired his folkloric sobriquet, Sir Wregg.
Sales and marketing director
As Philippe can testify, it is dangerous to get drunk with Eric because you may find the King's Shilling at the bottom of your glass. Our senior French wine buyer looks after some pretty groovy accounts in London, where he will often take a "quick bite of lunch". For three hours. Monsieur Lubac has accumulated a formidable personal cellar over the years (or, as we call it, Grand Cru Cooking Burgundy), his knowledge of the wines of the Rhone valley is encyclopaedic and he never wears the same tasteful designer t-shirt twice.
Director and wine buyer for France
David is one of a long line of members of staff hewn from the Oddbins block and our expert on all things Iberican. He was born in Madrid but raised in Letchworth, somehow emerging from this reversal of fortunes with humour and grace intact. Having resolutely put Spain on the map for Les Caves de Pyrene, he also doubles as senior account manager and is trying to teach the world to love and respect sherry.
Director and wine buyer for Spain
Half-French and half-Italian (Fritalian?), Didier wears two colourful Mediterranean hats - but not at the same time. He first encountered Les Caves whilst working behind the bar at Cellar Gascon in Smithfield, where the Pacherenc flowed unpronounceably alongside the gateau basque. He started at Les Caves on the phones (as we say) before eventually donning the shoe leather as a sales rep. A key member now of the sales and management team, Didier also shares responsibility for buying the wines of his mother-and-father-lands.
Director and wine buyer for Italy