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What do swaying palms, sea turtles, natural wine and Isabelle all have in common?
Deborah - Wednesday, 7. September 2011 - 16:50
…Soneva Fushi! Isabelle has been appointed wine consultant for the exclusive Soneva resorts in the Maldives,...
"Making a case for natural wine" - Harpers Wine & Spirit
Deborah - Wednesday, 20. April 2011 - 11:46
Harpers Wine & Spirit ran an article on 8 April 2011 called "Making a case for natural wine", which we...
Luca Roagna
Isabelle - Wednesday, 23. March 2011 - 17:20
Luca is one of my top natural producers in Piemonte. I have been tasting his wines for two years now. They...
Too Much Time in the Winery
Isabelle - Sunday, 9. January 2011 - 19:44
It struck me recently that as an industry, we – wine people – spend too much time in the winery. Last year I...
Luca Roagna
Isabelle - Wednesday, 23. March 2011 - 17:20
Luca is one of my top natural producers in Piemonte. I have been tasting his wines for two years now. They...
Too Much Time in the Winery
Isabelle - Sunday, 9. January 2011 - 19:44
It struck me recently that as an industry, we – wine people – spend too much time in the winery. Last year I...
What do swaying palms, sea turtles, natural wine and Isabelle all have in common?
Deborah - Wednesday, 7. September 2011 - 16:50
…Soneva Fushi! Isabelle has been appointed wine consultant for the exclusive Soneva resorts in the Maldives,...
"Making a case for natural wine" - Harpers Wine & Spirit
Deborah - Wednesday, 20. April 2011 - 11:46
Harpers Wine & Spirit ran an article on 8 April 2011 called "Making a case for natural wine", which we...
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"What is natural wine?" by Angiolino Maule...

Angiolino Maule, owner and vigneron of La Biancara in the Veneto, northeastern Italy, on the definition of natural wine. You might also like watching Angiolino on the natural wine organisation he created, VinNatur....
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Angiolino Maule on VinNatur

I met up with Angiolino Maule, owner of La Biancara in the Veneto, at the Villa Favorita natural wine fair in April this year (it takes every year at the same time as Vinitaly, Italy's biggest wine trade event of the...
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Imre Kalo - Artisan Hungarian Producer

It is after visiting this producer that I started putting two and two together and realised that the wines I really enjoyed drinking were real, artisan products, made with soul rather than turnover in mind. His...
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Natural Wine in Context | Astronomer Parag Mahajani...

I think that you have to understand the greater context of wine to be able to really get what vines, grapes and wine is all about. It's this attempt to really understand context that sets natural wine growers apart. A...
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Mark Garrett: Permaculture & Real Sustainability

Observing nature is a fundamental principle of permaculture - aka permanent sustainable agriculture - and I recently had the joy of meeting a great observer. Mark Garrett, is resident permaculturist at Soneva Fushi, a...
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Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: Worm Juice

I loved meeting Mark Garrett, resident permaculturist at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. He's a fascinating man. Turns out he makes his very own version of biodynamic preparation 500, but instead of using cow horns and...
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Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: 'No dig'...

Mark Garrett, Soneva Fushi's resident permaculturist in the Maldives, says that his job is all about 'growing soil'. In this video he explains what he means by this and how he does this without using manmade synthetic...
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Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: The Importance of Bugs

In this video, Mark Garrett - resident permaculturist extraordinaire at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives - explains why bugs and soil life are so important for healthy plants. For more blogs of mine on Mark's work, check...
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Claude on Isa

Isa recently redid the wine list at Hibiscus, Claude's 2-star Michelin Restaurant in Mayfair (London). The list is now all about showcasing delicious natural wine - a first for a Michelin starred restaurant in London....
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Cloudy Wines

Here is a thought on cloudy wine. It's perhaps easiest to understand the issue given a little context so here's a bit of background. I've spent years judging in conventional wine competitions around the world - some...
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Jasper Hill

Water and water wastage is a hot topic, particularly in the world of agriculture. Thousands of gallons  are used every day to irrigate vineyards around the world. Sometimes this is done with drip irrigation and...
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Marcel Lapierre on the Recent History of Winemaking...

Marcel Lapierre was a phenomenal natural wine guy, based out in Morgon in the Beaujolais. He was one of the first natural wine champions in France. He started off as a conventional winemaker but did a massive u-turn...
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Jasper Hill

Water and water wastage is a hot topic, particularly in the world of agriculture. Thousands of gallons  are used every day to irrigate vineyards around the world. Sometimes this is done with drip irrigation and...
See video

Marcel Lapierre on the Recent History of Winemaking...

Marcel Lapierre was a phenomenal natural wine guy, based out in Morgon in the Beaujolais. He was one of the first natural wine champions in France. He started off as a conventional winemaker but did a massive u-turn...
See video

Cloudy Wines

Here is a thought on cloudy wine. It's perhaps easiest to understand the issue given a little context so here's a bit of background. I've spent years judging in conventional wine competitions around the world - some...
See video

Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: 'No dig'...

Mark Garrett, Soneva Fushi's resident permaculturist in the Maldives, says that his job is all about 'growing soil'. In this video he explains what he means by this and how he does this without using manmade synthetic...
See video

Mark Garrett: Permaculture & Real Sustainability

Observing nature is a fundamental principle of permaculture - aka permanent sustainable agriculture - and I recently had the joy of meeting a great observer. Mark Garrett, is resident permaculturist at Soneva Fushi, a...
See video

Natural Wine in Context | Astronomer Parag Mahajani...

I think that you have to understand the greater context of wine to be able to really get what vines, grapes and wine is all about. It's this attempt to really understand context that sets natural wine growers apart. A...
See video

Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: Worm Juice

I loved meeting Mark Garrett, resident permaculturist at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. He's a fascinating man. Turns out he makes his very own version of biodynamic preparation 500, but instead of using cow horns and...
See video

Claude on Isa

Isa recently redid the wine list at Hibiscus, Claude's 2-star Michelin Restaurant in Mayfair (London). The list is now all about showcasing delicious natural wine - a first for a Michelin starred restaurant in London....
See video

Angiolino Maule on VinNatur

I met up with Angiolino Maule, owner of La Biancara in the Veneto, at the Villa Favorita natural wine fair in April this year (it takes every year at the same time as Vinitaly, Italy's biggest wine trade event of the...
See video

Mark Garrett, Permaculturist: The Importance of Bugs

In this video, Mark Garrett - resident permaculturist extraordinaire at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives - explains why bugs and soil life are so important for healthy plants. For more blogs of mine on Mark's work, check...
See video

"What is natural wine?" by Angiolino Maule...

Angiolino Maule, owner and vigneron of La Biancara in the Veneto, northeastern Italy, on the definition of natural wine. You might also like watching Angiolino on the natural wine organisation he created, VinNatur....
See video

Imre Kalo - Artisan Hungarian Producer

It is after visiting this producer that I started putting two and two together and realised that the wines I really enjoyed drinking were real, artisan products, made with soul rather than turnover in mind. His...
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The Natural Wine Fair - Elliot's Cafe

Night 2: Elliott's Cafe @ Borough Market. Thank you Team Elliott!
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The Natural Wine Fair - Terroirs

Sunday evening, after the first day of the Natural Wine Fair, we all headed off to Terroirs Restaurant in Charing Cross for a lovely supper. Thank you to the Terroirs team for such generosity! 
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The Natural Wine Fair - Growers

Here are photos of most of the growers who came to our fair. They are in photo order if you fancy counting your way through the photos! We have listed them in table order as per the catalogue in case you fancied...
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The Natural Wine Fair, London 2011

Link to this album: http://www.thatcrazyfrenchwoman.com/photo-album/natural-wine-fair-london-2011 Us and 5 UK wine importers that we know organised the UK's first ever natural wine fair that took place a couple of...
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Roagna, Langhe Rosso, 2003

This wine comes form nebbiolo vines that are under 20 years of age from Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards. The vine roots are still in the clay part of the soil but will eventually grow into the marl and in doing so will...
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Roagna, Crichet Pajé, Barbaresco, 1999

A specific limestone outcrop within the Pajé cru. Made from 65 year-old vines. This cuvée is aged for 8 to 10 years in big barrels. Intense, complex, dark fruit notes, balsamic, not as refined or floral as the riserva....
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Roagna, La Rocca e la Pira, Barolo, 2004

Vines are planted on a mixture of sandy and rocky soil. This is darker and riper than Pajé. Almost prune-like in aromas and showing a darker side of nebbiolo. More density and more tannins. Younger mouthfeel. The...
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Roagna, Pajé Riserva, Barbaresco, 1998

60 year old vines. 85 days skin contact. Powerful but not up front. Austere, fragrant, very long lived. Link to this tasting note: www.thatcrazyfrenchwoman.com/node/300
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Roagna, Pajé, Barbaresco, 2004

54 years old vines. Limestone-rich soil. Incredibly perfumed. (Tasted this while eating bruschettas drizzled with truffle oil - the wine left a gorgeous aftertaste making the truffle even more pronounced). Upfront,...
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Roagna, Barbera d'Alba, 2003

From the top of la Rocca e Pira vineyard. 15 year-old vines. Natural ferment. 35 days maceration / fermentation. Easy, juicy, chewy, light tannins, pale colour, small red berry fruit notes, long with a refreshing...
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Roagna, Solea, 2006

75% chardonnay. 25% nebbiolo. Skin contact for chardonnay for 6 days. Nutty, intense, slight appealing citrus bitterness on the finish, round, quite oily. Beautiful wine. Great food wine. 2000 bottles produced. Link to...
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Roagna, Langhe bianco, 2009

10% nebbiolo, 90% chardonnay. Skin contact for the chardonnay for 1 to 2 days. No fining, no filtering. Fermentation of both juices together. Aromatic, round, lovely opulence, a dash of tannin, floral. Unusual and...
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The Natural Wine Fair - Growers

Here are photos of most of the growers who came to our fair. They are in photo order if you fancy counting your way through the photos! We have listed them in table order as per the catalogue in case you fancied...
See album

Roagna, Crichet Pajé, Barbaresco, 1999

A specific limestone outcrop within the Pajé cru. Made from 65 year-old vines. This cuvée is aged for 8 to 10 years in big barrels. Intense, complex, dark fruit notes, balsamic, not as refined or floral as the riserva....
See album

Roagna, La Rocca e la Pira, Barolo, 2004

Vines are planted on a mixture of sandy and rocky soil. This is darker and riper than Pajé. Almost prune-like in aromas and showing a darker side of nebbiolo. More density and more tannins. Younger mouthfeel. The...
See album

Roagna, Langhe bianco, 2009

10% nebbiolo, 90% chardonnay. Skin contact for the chardonnay for 1 to 2 days. No fining, no filtering. Fermentation of both juices together. Aromatic, round, lovely opulence, a dash of tannin, floral. Unusual and...
See album

Roagna, Pajé, Barbaresco, 2004

54 years old vines. Limestone-rich soil. Incredibly perfumed. (Tasted this while eating bruschettas drizzled with truffle oil - the wine left a gorgeous aftertaste making the truffle even more pronounced). Upfront,...
See album

Roagna, Pajé Riserva, Barbaresco, 1998

60 year old vines. 85 days skin contact. Powerful but not up front. Austere, fragrant, very long lived. Link to this tasting note: www.thatcrazyfrenchwoman.com/node/300
See album

Roagna, Barbera d'Alba, 2003

From the top of la Rocca e Pira vineyard. 15 year-old vines. Natural ferment. 35 days maceration / fermentation. Easy, juicy, chewy, light tannins, pale colour, small red berry fruit notes, long with a refreshing...
See album

The Natural Wine Fair, London 2011

Link to this album: http://www.thatcrazyfrenchwoman.com/photo-album/natural-wine-fair-london-2011 Us and 5 UK wine importers that we know organised the UK's first ever natural wine fair that took place a couple of...
See album

Roagna, Solea, 2006

75% chardonnay. 25% nebbiolo. Skin contact for chardonnay for 6 days. Nutty, intense, slight appealing citrus bitterness on the finish, round, quite oily. Beautiful wine. Great food wine. 2000 bottles produced. Link to...
See album

The Natural Wine Fair - Elliot's Cafe

Night 2: Elliott's Cafe @ Borough Market. Thank you Team Elliott!
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Roagna, Langhe Rosso, 2003

This wine comes form nebbiolo vines that are under 20 years of age from Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards. The vine roots are still in the clay part of the soil but will eventually grow into the marl and in doing so will...
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Gramenon Vinsobres 2003

Cork was very doggy so I was a bit worried about this wine. Maybe it was out of condition (and maybe it is). Pulled out of my cellar (in fact an old coal storage place under my house) and there is snow outside so the...
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