The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Massimiliano Croci
3 minute read

Lip-smacking macerated frizzante from Croci

Massimiliano Croci’s lip-smacking frizzante wines have a hidden tannic kick which really works well – a tasty tradition from Emilia-Romagna. Simon reviews their 2016 Campedello.

Vinarija Kriz - Denis and Mile - Photo courtesy Vinarija Kriz
2 minute read

A perfect blend of old and new – Vinarija Križ

Every week, Simon selects an orange wine (a white wine made with extended skin contact) that grabbed his attention. View the whole series here. Denis Bogoević Marušić and his father Mile are an impressive 42 years apart (Mile is 85 and Denis is Read more

Giorgi and Soso Natenadze - Raw Fair London 2018
3 minute read

Really wild wines from Giorgi Natenadze

Some wines really are unique. Giorgi Natenadze’s are made from wild vines growing in mountain forests, some up to 400 years old. They taste quite otherwordly.

Anne Sperling in the Southbrook vineyards
4 minute read

Sterling stuff from Sperling & Southbrook vineyards

Simon discovers two very fine orange wines made by Canadian winegrower Ann Sperling, who also happens to have spearheaded one of the world’s first official quality classifications for orange wine.

Craven Wines - Clairette Blanche 2016
3 minute read

Craven prove that Clairette needs skin

Mick & Jeanine Craven are leading the charge for experimentation in Stellenbosch, and their efforts are paying off with some superb skin fermented Clairette and Pinot Gris.