Author Archives: Dimitri

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Losing it with wine units, abv and calories?

There is an on-going current debate whether wine producers should put the amount of calories on the label. This discussion has a lot of controversy about it: who will certify those calories, how to compare it with other foods and whether we are better to stick with units. Let’s get to the bottom of units,…

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Best organic buy of the month – September 2015

I decided to start ‘Best organic buy‘ regular reviews with the wine that I bought a year ago, wrote a review, but never actually published. Six months later same thing happened when I tasted the wine, liked it and quickly noted it in my Notes app. After looking at my ‘resources’ this month, I’ve realised that I…

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Buy organic wine: Berry Bros and Rudd

If you ever ask any of the renowned wine critics about a top independent wine merchant in London, their top of mind would be ‘Berry Bros and Rudd’. Jancis Robinson, a writer behind a wine encyclopaedia ‘Oxford Companion to Wine‘ and also a regular contributor to Financial Times wine section, always put them on top…

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Wine Tasting Experience: online at Vinoa

You know, it feels rather awkward when you stumble upon a service that you have been nursing in your mind for months and months, but never figured out how to approach this? That was the case when an ad appeared in my Facebook – that was Vinoa! I was indeed thinking about how to get…

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Bottle Apostle: unacceptable online service

As part of my ‘Buy Organic Wine’ regular reviews, I buy and taste wines from both supermarkets, big wine chains and independent stores. My WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) certification allows me to judge the wines according to the rating system and also provide you guys with the rather subjective experience how it is…

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Lidl: buy organic wine

Buy organic wine: Lidl

Lidl is currently increasing their presence and we see more and more stores opening up. In addition to that, they started to promote their wine range, which is currently divided into the usual wines (I saw a few priced at below £5) and their so called Wine Cellar. After reading a few positive reviews from…

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Buy organic wine: Ocado

Ocado is another brand that does not need much introduction. Many consumers still believe that it is a spin-off on Waitrose, but it is not true – they offer basic Waitrose range, yet much more on top. What I love from that extra range is that you get much more organic brands and produce to…

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What to buy or avoid – September 2015

Are you ready to say farewell to this summer? I have started wondering about the end of BBQ season and switching refreshments to a more comforting and warming selection of full-bodied reds. Let’s say ‘No’ and trick this first days of autumn with a few organic wines that are red, but crisp, refreshing and perfect for…

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Gnano Toscana 2011 organic

Gnano Maremma Toscana 2011 was definitely a big surprise for me. For starters, I am not a big fan of majority of Italian wines – I find them overly acidic and sharp (comparing to south of France or Spain), but also a bit one dimensional with their cherry-violets combination so typical for your Sangiovese based…

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Buy organic wine: Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite’s Wine is one of the biggest online wine retailers (or, as some used to say in the past, mail order). Their flagship store is still located on the South Bank in London, so you can browse through and check out the bottles in real and not just online. Laithwaite’s Wine was already featured on…

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About Unmet Expectations

It has been a long time since I have been thinking about how your expectations influence your perception of a particular wine. Is it obvious that when it is cold we look for more full bodied and comforting reds or naked whites, but when it is finally warm we turn to crisp rose wines and refreshing…

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Buy organic wine: Oddbins

Oddbins is definitely a new or no-name store. Having had a few ups and downs lately, some of the shops consolidated their efforts and you can see a shift to provide a better service, but also an interesting choice of wines and craft beers. I have been visiting a shop in Clapham several times and…

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What’s the best thing to do when you feel the summer’s over?

It is not yet September and you feel like it is autumn already. This year is not generous on a prolonged summer days, but as it is still relatively warm, there is no excuse not to go out, have some al-fresco dinners or a simple picnic and enjoy ourselves. I was thinking of tasting three…

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Humble Grape: buy organic wine

Buy organic wine: Humble Grape

It was a sunny afternoon in South West London when me and my partner needed to walk our dog a bit; on our way to Clapham Common we have encountered an independent wine shop / bar, which I’ve never been to yet. Shocking experience, knowing that we live 15 minutes away! Humble Grape is located…

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Are amphorae getting a comeback to winemaking?

It has ben a bit weird as I bumped into the topic of maturing wine in the old amphorae quite a few times recently. First of all, it is close to my heart as I grew up near an ancient Greek city of Khersonessus (its ruins are located in Crimea, Ukraine) and its museum contains…

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