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Berry Bros and Rudd website

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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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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Gnano GRaciano Tuscany 2011

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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VintageRoots screen

Buy organic wine: Vintage Roots

Just off A33, in the middle of it between Reading and Basingstoke, there is a rather unique wine merchant – Vintage Roots. The uniqueness comes from their total organic specialisation – they are calling themselves as The Organic Wine People. If you have a quick search at the exclusive All Organic Wines tool, you will…

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Etnico organic red blend 2012 Emiliana Chile

Etnico Reserva 2012, Organic red blend, Chile

Etnico Reserva 2012 is an organic red blend from Valle del Rapel in Chile. It is produced by famous Emiliana organic vineyards from organic Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The vineyards are the pioneers of organic viticulture in Chile and arguably the biggest one in South America. I would consider them as a driver…

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The Sampler wine merchant London

Buy organic wine: The Sampler

The Sampler was a place where I first discovered the beauty and the benefits of using enomatic machines for tasting wine. Have you ever wondered how would a 50 or 60 years old wine taste like? Imagine, if you like Rioja, you get to sample a tasting measure of a quality Rioja dated back to…

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VagabondWines.co.uk

Buy organic wine: Vagabond Wines

I still remember the time when I first discovered a shop, which offered wine tasting in-store. That was done using enomatic machines. For those, who think it is too complicated, I elaborate: it is basically a wine preservation apparatus, which dispenses the wine by a dose (can be adjusted to accommodate different measures), and prevents…

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Domaine Roche Audran 2013 Cotes du Rhone organic

Roche Audran 2013 Organic Cotes du Rhone

Roche Audran 2013 is made from organic grapes in Cotes du Rhone. I have sourced it at Borough Wines, their small stall is located at Borough market, where you can check their new bottles and buy something you like. The service is good, I felt the guy was really interested in why I wanted to…

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Evolution Organic Red Blend Oregon USA

Evolution Organic Red Blend, Oregon, USA

Evolution is an organic red blend coming from Oregon in USA.  It is a third edition made by Sokol Blosser Winery. You can see that this organic wine has a very funky label, which makes it quite mysterious – there is no indication of what kind of red blend it actually is. It is a bit…

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Cabirol 2011 Organic Tempranillo Garnacha Montsant

Cabirol 2011 Organic Garnacha Tempranillo Montsant

Cabirol 2011 Organic Garnacha Tempranillo made in Montsant, a Spanish region that is adjacent to Priorat and yet is not enjoying the exclusive reputation of the latter, but, I shall say, quickly catching up. The wine is strong with 14.5% abv, typical for warmer climates. For the same reason, you should be expecting ample aromas of…

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1270 a vuit fina organic Priorat

What to buy or avoid – June 2015

This June 2015 edition of ‘Wines to Buy or Avoid’ comes packed with a wide selection of organic wines and something for a treat as well. The theme for this edition is a ‘Week in Wine’, that means I selected some wines that are not going to break a bank (all weekday ones are under…

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Adobe Reserva 2013 organic Carmenere Chile

Adobe Reserva 2013 Organic Carmenere, Chile

Adobe Reserva 2013 is an organic red wine made from Carmenere, a popular Chilean grape that has been organically grown in Colchagua Valley. When someone called me a wine geek recently, I just thought I would need to back it up with something, so here you go, a few geeky facts about this wine: 1…

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Barranc Dels Comellars Priorat 2012

Barranc Dels Comellars 2012, organic Priorat

Barranc Dels Comellars 2012 from Priorat, Spain is an organic red wine. Alcohol 13.5% is surprisingly lower than what you get in Priorat usually (14.5-15%) . It has been aged for 3 months in barriques, so you can get first hints of woodiness and light touches of sweet spice, but not more than that. Let’s try…

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Toscar Tempranillo No Sulphites added organic

Toscar 2014, Organic NSA, Tempranillo

Toscar 2014 is a no sulphites added and also organic Tempranillo. It states that it has been produced at Hillside vineyard, located in ‘la tierra de castilla’. Alcohol is 13.5% abv. First impression is not very good. I started to think that this is the case why many producers still stick to adding sulphites, as they…

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Pure Cabernet Franc 2012

Pure Cabernet Franc 2012 Organic, Domaine Brau

Another good organic wine find this month was Pure Cabernet Franc, made by  Domaine Brau in Pays d’Oc, France. It is slightly aged wine of 2012 vintage and made exclusively from organic Cabernet Franc grapes. I must add a word about he grape and the region – first of all, there aren’t many examples of…

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