What the wine trade could learn from natural wines

“Wine’s not my kind of thing… it’s a bit, well, posh.” “It’s too complicated, I don’t understand all that stuff about tannin.” “I’ll probably get into it when I’m older.” I hear similar things all the time when I put on tastings. These perceptions act as major barriers stopping people getting into wine. It’s nothing new; it was the same when I was first exploring wine. Yes, things are improving.…

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St Emilion: Liquid Luxury

St Emilion, in a nutshell: first published in Living France magazine, but this is longer. For many, the word ‘Bordeaux’ conjures the image of the classic fairytale château in beautiful gardens. But the majority of these are only found in one half of the Bordeaux region: the Left Bank, aka the Médoc. The Right Bank, however, with St Emilion at its heart, has a very different aesthetic. Here the…

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Pierre Mansour: Wine Society Selector

It does not sell Armand de Brignac ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne, nor does it sponsor the drinks at footballers’ weddings. The Wine Society doesn’t court the ‘glamour’ end of the drinks business. It quietly gets on with what it has been doing for 168 years – sniffing out interesting and authentic wines and supplying them to its members. So it might be surprising to find that one of the wine buyers…

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