The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

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JR comp - articles published Feb 1 2017
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Six years later…

A nice bit of symmetry today. Very few will remember how this site (which I’ve now christened “World’s Least Influential Wine Blog”) began – it all started in late 2010 when Fine & Rare wines announced a competition to submit a Read more

jean-rene germanier vex vineyard
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How Valais put the charm in Chasselas

It took a while before I “got” Chasselas – it was a short trip to Valais this October that sealed the deal… I wrote about the experience for US online wine magazine Palate Press: When Michel Chapoutier mentioned in 2011 Read more

berengere - chateau lusseau - loading up the basket press 2
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The trials of being organic

Here’s my latest column for US online wine magazine Palate Press – focusing mostly on organic producers in Graves. Last week, the New Zealand Organic Focus Project gave a public presentation on three medium to large NZ wineries who participated in Read more

Freshly harvested sauvignon at chateau lusseau
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Blank de Blanc

I visited Graves & Pessac-Léognan during harvest this year, and was really struck by the relative (for Bordeaux) good value that some wines represent – and by how invisible the white wines are in the UK – a great shame. Read more

vispertermin vineyards rising to 1150m
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Wine is more than just a product

I’m quite proud of this short hymn to artisan wine producers, written for Palate Press after returning from holidays in Slovenia and a wine conference in Switzerland – even if I realised later that “commodity” would be a better word to use than Read more

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My High Alcohol Epiphany – Elegance above 14%

Apologies, dear readers, I’ve been rather absent for the last six weeks (moving countries, if you must know). Here’s my latest column from Palate Press – lots of exciting content coming here in the next couple of weeks. Hangups? I’ve Read more