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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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Get a free e-book on how to start with wine tasting

A brand new e-book on how to start with wine tasting. Download now to learn more about the world of wines, how to approach wine tasting in a fun and unpretentious way. Learn how to compose a tasting note, how to prepare a wine tasting evening and much more tips to start appreciating wines more.…

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Beyra 2012 Organic Mencia Portugal

Beyra 2012, Organic Mencia, Portugal

Beyra 2012 of Vinhos de Altitude is made of organic Mencia grape and screams to be presented using my geeky wine facts!:) 1 – When wine snobs mention the word ‘terroir’, it may be not that easy to grasp what the .. it is, but as a combination of soil, aspect, climate and other conditions, plays the most…

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Domain de Rancy 2011 Le Mourvedre Cotes Catalanes

Domaine de Rancy, Organic Mourvedre 2011, Cotes Catalanes

Arguably this is a long name, yet the label was very stylishly done, so it reads just Rancy, Mourvèdre at first and then on the back you get the full one: Domaine de Rancy, Organic Mourvedre 2011 from Cotes Catalanes It is where France meets Spain, yet it is already quite Spanish in its name –…

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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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Pinord Mas Blanc Priorat organic

Discover Organic: Pinord Mas Blanc winery in Priorat, Spain

I invite you to virtually visit yet another organic winery in Priorat. This time I have chosen Mas Blanc, one of the Pinord’s vineyards in Spain. The history for this company is going back over 150 years and it all started in Penedes, just outside of Barcelona. First wave of fame came when the company…

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Riberach organic natural wines

RAW fair: are natural wines worth trying?

Raw Fair is on the way (I am writing this when the last day is on, till 6pm today) in London’s trendy Brick Lane, and as a supporter of many things natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainable, I did not miss an opportunity to visit it yesterday. Where it is: The Old Truman Brewery, 83 Brick…

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Discover Organic: Gratavinum, DOQ Priorat, Spain

Vineyards and wineries are full of stories. Some of them are romantic, some of them full of hostory, but in some cases, like Gratavinum, they are wonderfully organic. The Cusine family farmed the vineyards in Penedes, just outside of Barcelona, for years. They have decided that if their new vineyards in Priorat are a new…

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Wine Wars in Priorat: role playing wine game. Print to play

Wine Wars in Priorat: a role-playing wine game

Do you think you can play games and learn more about wine as well? Wine Wars is my new print to play wine game, which is based on the popular ‘Mafia’ game. The game file contains an instruction manual, 12 cards and a host card (instructions for a narrator). Simply download this PDF file, print…

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Scala Dei Priorat 2013

Scala Dei 2013 Priorat

Scala Dei is one of the most prominent brands in Priorat. It is situated in the most northern and mountainous areas of Priorat. The Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei represents the birthplace of wines and winemaking in the DOQ Priorat region. as the Carthusian monks brought from Provence in the 12th century the knowledge and techniques…

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Wine books: learn more about wines

When you are learning about something you love (or simply very interested) , does it count as entertainment? I am not so sure, but it is clearly not a chore, or a thing to blame! A few good years I was buying wine books, some of them were consumed fully and rather quickly, and some…

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Organic rose wine from Greece: Southern Wine Roads

Greek organic rose wine: Xinomavro 2013

Xinomavro Rose 2013 is an organic wine produced and bottled at the winery of Anestis Babatzimopoulous (wow, what a name!), in a district of Ossa, Lagadas. First impression is the aroma – a candy-like, floral and sweet red fruit (strawberry), very intensely perfumed. The flavour does not disappoint – you should expect a good balance of refreshing acidity, but not…

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Wine Game: to the last drop

Wine games review

I have been searching the entire web to find interesting and engaging wine games. It could be a wine tasting experience, a murder mystery party, a trivia or quiz and some fun drinking games adaptation. It has been pretty difficult, as the category seems to be non-existent. The range is limited to some popular games…

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Mas Igneus DOQ Priorat organic

Discover Organic: Mas Igneus, DOQ Priorat, Spain

Costers de l’Ermita is an estate located just north from the town of Gratallops. The views are very promising to be speclacular, they are steep and terraced and the owners will happily show them to any visitors who are keen to explore organic viticulture in Priorat, where Spanish organic wine is at its best. When…

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Southern Wine Roads

New organic wines from Greece: dare to try?

I have been reviewing one Greek organic earlier on, and it appeared in my TOP Organic wine list, but I haven’t seen many of this sort on the supermarket or specialist retailer shelves. To be honest with you, I haven’t really expected or was thriving to learn more about Greek wines specifically. Why? Well, in…

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