Real Wine Fair part two

Another lovely sunny day and another group of keen visitors eager to learn more and discover ‘real’ wines!

Here are some more photos of The Real Wine Fair at Tobacco Dock, East London, following my first day photos at the show.

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Fabio Bartolomei, Vinos Ambiz provided a very colourful start to the day

Exhibitors

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Marie-Thérèse Barthelmé, Albert Mann, Alsace

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Villalobos, Colchagua, Chile

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Vasco Croft, Afros, Vinho Verde

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Roy Cook, Sedlescombe, East Sussex

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Sandi Škerk, Carso, Friuli with his importer Federico Bruschetta, Passione Vino

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Nino Barraco, Vignamare, Sicily

A few of the eager tasters

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Liz Gabay MW

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Wine drinker’s sling – a useful aid to tasting…

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Jim Budd enjoying a cheeky little wine – El Bandito Cortez, Testalonga, Swartland, South Africa

There was tiptop Sacred Gin - and vodka, and vermouth – all made in Highgate

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Hilary Whitney, Sacred Gin, London

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Ian Hart, Sacred Gin, London

I attended “The (Not So) Secret Australian Wine Revolution” seminar”.

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Daniel Honan, www.thewineidealist.com, with Iwo Jakimowicz, Si Vintners, Margaret River, Western Australia

As well as showing Wink Lorch’s Jura Wine Book, we shared another ‘intellectual’ table with the excellent quarterly magazine, Noble Rot.

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Porco Killin with his Jura Book!

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Dan Keeling, of Noble Rot, sharing the magazine

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Wink sharing her book

The food was as exciting, as healthy and as tasty as ever

Coffee wasn’t bad either, especially when so charmingly made by Workshop Coffee, Clerkenwell!

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It’ll soon be time to go home…

I was excited by what I tasted and what I learnt. There were some very good wines and some not so good; but I enjoyed meeting the winemakers, learning of their dedication and their enthusiasm.

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Real Canary Wharf, Real River Thames and a Real Full Moon to round off our two days at the Real Wine Fair!

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On a beautiful sunny day – the day of the London Marathon – The Real Wine Fair opened its doors at Tobacco Dock, Wapping yesterday, offering a panoply of winey delights that intrigued and excited the many visitors.

Here are a few photos of Sunday’s tasters and winemakers.

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Sounding the horn for Georgian Wines

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Pierre Frick, Alsace

 

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Stephanie Biondi, Etna

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El Bandito aka Jim Budd

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Real Beer too…

 

… and Real, really delicious, Food!

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New electricity in the Jura

I’ve just learnt about a highly innovative and exciting electricity generation project in the Jura.

One of the most famous historical wine producers in the Jura, Henri Maire, is experimenting in harvesting the electrical power of thunderstorm clouds.

However they have refused to answer any questions about this unique project so all I can do is share the only photo of this project, connecting a power line to their electricity supply.

Henri Maire electricity Jura

Virgile’s Vineyard

Virgile's Vineyard

It was, as my old friend Michael used to say: “A happy chance” – Patrick Moon has had a couple of them, which encouraged him to write this book.

In 1997 Patrick, then in his mid 40s, decided to quit the legal profession, thinking that there ought to be time in life to achieve more than one thing. After spending a little time in India, in 2000 he inherited a run-down property in Saint-Saturnin, inland from Montpellier, in the heart of the Languedoc.

A lover of wine and good food he set about discovering the excellent and diverse local produce in his new home. He happened to meet a young winemaker who was also starting a new business in the Languedoc.

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Virgile Joly studied oenology at Montpellier University then worked for other winemakers locally and in Chile, before starting his own domaine, with just one hectare in 2000. Although Patrick had been taken in hand by various locals eager to show him around, it was Virgile who invited Patrick to learn all about viticulture and winemaking which was the other happy chance, encouraging him to write this fine book.

It is a delightful book that introduces you to the Languedoc – you don’t realise how much you are actually learning about the local wine, food and life as Patrick weaves the explanations and shares his discoveries in the warp and weft of his story telling.

Virgile's VineyardA decade has elapsed since Virgile’s Vineyard was first published, in which time Virgile has gone from strength to strength dramatically increased his vineyards, thus his production, all the time remaining staunchly organic. Indeed, he is very involved with local organic wine organisations and very supportive of his local wine region. Patrick has published this second edition with an extra chapter telling us about all the improvements that have been made.

Patrick has also written two more books – and he has even planted a few vines himself to make a teeny amount of his own wine. Another happy chance!

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Oh to be beside the seaside in the Languedoc!

 

 

Seven Days of Wine 1

Every so often I will post photos and tasting notes of particular wines I have enjoyed during my previous seven days of wine.

And, very occasionally, I will tell you about one of the wines of the week I haven’t enjoyed…

Last weekend we went to 18th Percée du Vin Jaune in the Jura. Amongst all the celebrations there was the annual tasting of the latest release of Vins Jaunes, aptly named La Clavelinage, so-called as the particular 62cl bottle is called a clavelin. Wink particularly enjoyed this 2006 from Domaine Pêcheur, a delightful small producer in the south of the Jura.

Wines of the week

 

Vin Jaune, Côtes du Jura,
Domaine Pêcheur 2006

Deepening gold. Rich lemons, curry, nuts, dry, good acidity with yeasty, oxidative overtones. Lovely!

 

 

 

I was very taken by the winking lady on the mineral water label – a cheerful acknowledgement of Wink’s Jura Wine Book perhaps?

Wines of the Week

 

Chardonnay, Vieilles Vignes,
Côtes du Jura, Daniel Brocard 2006

Mid gold, hazelnut and walnut on the nose; dry, good acidity showing attractive fruit and maturity, completed by a bright finish.

 

 

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Chardonnay, Arbois-Pupillin,
Fruitière De Pupillin, Jura 2011

Pale gold, spicy peach, white pear. Dry, good acidity, ripe peach skin notes with some richness. Medium length, very decent.

 

 

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A couple of years ago we visited the irrepressible Patrick Johner at his family winery, Weingut Karl H. Johner, in Baden

Wines of the Week

 

Grauer Burgunder, Karl Johner,
Baden, Germany 2011

Light gold with spicy hazelnuts and citrus bouquet. Dry, taut acidity this is full-bodied with deep crunchy spice. Long, long – a big ‘un!

 

 

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Tsantali produce this wine in the Maronia region of north east Greece, a region with a history of more than 3,000 years.

Wines of the Week

 

Chardonnay, Maronia, Kanenas, Greece 2011

Mid gold with limpid lemony peach on nose. Dry, juicy, decent acidity with spicy overtones balancing the fruit well.

 

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Pascal Jamet is a keen young producer in St Joseph, someone else I visited two years ago.

Wines of the Week

 

Les Traverses, St Joseph, Pascal Jamet, Rhône 2010

Brooding dark ruby red, elegantly rustic blackberry and apple crumbly fruit; dry, maturing tannins. A well crafted stylish Syrah made by an intelligent young winemaker in the Northern Rhône.

 

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Jean-Michel Krebs is an organic/natural wine producer in the Languedoc making wines of lovely intensity. Thank you Franck Merloz for introducing us to his wines!

Wines of the Week

 

Bel’Aqui, Domaine Revelh, J-M Krebs,
Vin de Pays Côtes Catalanes 2009

Deep ruby. Big rich stewed plums, mulberries, smoky. Dry, big tannins, aromatic, big fruity bonbons! Long finish!

 

 

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If you want to find any of these wines, I recommend Wine Searcher.