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William Downie: The devil’s in the detail

24Oct Posted by Jo Lory

Young Guns of Wine, a barometer for new talent on the Aussie wine scene once described Bill Downie as: This century’s original enfant terrible of wine. A cheerful iconoclast that scythed through convention. The Bill Downie who we spoke to

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The long game: Leo Erazo’s journey towards sustainability. Part 1.

27Oct Posted by Jo Lory

Leo Erazo is a winemaker with a global perspective: after university he travelled for 10 years, studying biodynamic methods in California; soil types in South Africa; and geology in New Zealand before returning to South America. Rogue Vine was his

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Water is life: Leo Erazo’s journey towards sustainability. Part 2.

27Oct Posted by Jo Lory

Since moving back to Itata Leo Erazo (Rogue Vine) has built a sustainable winery, and started planting some new vineyards close to the coast. I spoke to him about these, and the steps he’s taken to lower the carbon footprint

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Old vines pull through: Márcio Lopes’ Douro wines

29Sep Posted by Jack

We’ve always loved Márcio’s benchmark Pequenos Rebentos wines from the Vinho Verde, they have incredible brightness and energy while still retaining a sense of character. So, when Márcio told us about his Proibido project, based in the Douro Superior, we

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Tasting the 2021 vintage with Johan Meyer in London.

15Sep Posted by Jo Lory

Johan Meyer was in London for a whirlwind of visits this week, we caught up with him to taste the newly arrived Mother Rock and Brutal! wines. Johan feels that the vineyards in South Africa got back of track in

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Casa Castillo: Mediterranean Spain earns its place in the sun

26Jul Posted by Jo Lory

Casa Castillo has come a long way in the 30 years since José María and his father took their vineyards back from the tenant farmers, and made their first wines. Now they are considered among the best in Spain, credited

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In conversation with Maria Castro.

31May Posted by Jack

Álvaro Castro represents a contemporary vision of Portuguese wine, one that emphasises elegance, refinement and restraint. Wines that have freshness and immense drinkability. We spoke to his daughter Maria to find out more about the estate and their project. Álvaro

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Enclòs de Peralba: making Penedès great again!

25Jan Posted by Jo Lory

We recently started working with Leo Gramona and his cousin Roc, the energetic next generation of well known sparkling wine producer. L’Enclòs de Peralba gives them freedom to experiment outside the family business, and focus on single parcels of local

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Monte Rio: blending the past and future of Californian wine

6Dec Posted by Jack

California hasn’t always produced the ultra-ripe Cabernet-based blockbusters it’s known for today. Settlers brought a host of grapes from Europe in the 18th century, initially to make everyday wine to quench the thirst of workers during the gold rush. Some

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Beyond Burgundy: Sashi Moorman on how he and Rajat Parr are rewriting the story at Evening Land Vineyards.

15Nov Posted by Jo Lory

Whenever someone makes Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with serious intent there are inevitable comparisons with Burgundy. Especially when one of the partners in the project is award winning sommelier turned winemaker and vineyard owner Rajat Parr, whose deep affection and

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