Category: Old World

Intervention at altitude

In the midst of RAW – the natural wine fair – Sophie Thorpe caught up with Wendy Paillé, Le Soula’s new winemaker, talking about what it means to be “natural” and what’s next on the property’s agenda. “You can’t make wine naturally,” Wendy Paillé says frankly. A controversial statement, some might say, when you’re exhibiting […]

Rhône 2014: vive la différence

As we launch our Rhône 2014 en primeur offer, our buyer for the region Simon Field MW reflects on the vintage in question and the worth of those years that appear – at least initially – uncelebrated. A buyer’s job is endlessly fascinating, ineffably varied, and, to ensure that the edifice does not appear too […]

‘German? It must be sweet – I won’t like it…’

Many wine-drinkers make this leap – and miss some stunning wines. Modern German wines range from dry and appetising to gloriously sweet… but which is which? In an extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine: A wine course with digressions, Catriona Felstead MW reveals all. Knowing what’s in a tall, elegant Alsace or […]

Beyond Bordeaux: nay

In response to yesterday’s post claiming that exploration is essential to the enjoyment of wine, Peter Newton considers the limits of discovery, suggesting that one should stick to the unswerving staples of a cellar. Let’s start with a fundamental truth: life is too short to drink bad wine. I could almost end my argument there, […]