The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Features

2 minute read

A toast to the Georgian harvest

  I’d like to propose a toast to the Georgian grape harvest. To Georgia’s ancient ladies and their pirate knives and three-legged stools, their hair in scarves to deflect the burrs I still find in my socks. To a total Read more

5 minute read

The Amber Revolution kicks off

Click here to support the production of Amber Revolution on Kickstarter now! I’ll never forget the first time I visited Friuli, in North-East Italy. Due to some truly inspired scheduling by the local consorzio, our group of wine writers and bloggers Read more

Stanko & Sasa - father & Son, October 2014
6 minute read

Remembering Stanko Radikon

Personal memories of orange wine pioneer Stanko Radikon, who passed away on September 11 2016.

4 minute read

Into Ének Peterson’s qvevri

Hannah Fuellenkemper’s adventures in imereti, Georgia include some very unsavoury duties inside a qvevri.

No, I'm not a lover of mousiness
17 minute read

Are natural winemakers in denial about mousiness?

This is an updated and significantly longer version of an article which originally appeared in Issue 2/2017 of Meininger’s Wine Business International with additional input from Joseph di Blasi, and Geoff Cowey. And yes, another outing for that photo…. Imagine a Read more

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A wave of Georgian qvevri wine in Amsterdam

I’m a huge fan of Georgian qvevri wines – that’s to say, wines made in the 8,000 year old traditional manner, where grapes, skins and sometimes stems are piled into a 500 – 2,000 litre clay amphora-like vessel, buried up to its neck in the ground. The challenge has always been how to get hold of them. But times are changing and one adventurous Dutch wine merchant “Andere Wijn” has hugely expanded their Georgian range.

Some of the wines we tasted
7 minute read

Decanter’s first major natural wine tasting

What’s the biggest problem with organising a natural wine tasting? Defining the parameters ranks very high. Also, if one publicises the results with any level of exposure, being prepared to fight off the negative, trolling comments is sadly a serious undertaking.