A Little more Jura wine in London

 Jura, Domaine Renardiere, Enotria Tasting, Saatchi Gallery, London

Eyes on the Jura wine, please!

A few weeks ago I caught up with Jean-Michel Petit, a biodynamic producer in Pupillin, Jura who was showing his Domaine de la Renardière wines at the Enotria Tasting in the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Les Terrasses Savagnin Arbois Pupillin Jura, Domaine Renardiere Last year Jean-Michel was in London at the first Jura Wine Tasting and was one of several producers whose wines were so enjoyed by importers that they added them to their portfolios.

Jura, Domaine Renardiere, Enotria Tasting, Saatchi Gallery, London

“You look that way and I’ll look this way”

It was pleasure to see him, taste his wine and chat with him about the Jura, with a backdrop of intriguing art.


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An evening at Ayse in Savoie

Belluard, Ayze, Savoie

Ayze? Ayse? Easy – it’s either!

We’d flown into Geneva from London and driven straight to one of the special regions of Savoie - Ayse - to meet up with Sophie Barrett of Chambers Street Wines, New York.

Sophie was completing a hectic week visiting Champagne and the Jura before ending in Savoie, The first visit was at Domaine Belluard, whose 10 hectares of vines nestle on steep slopes at 450 metres above sea level, in the heart of the valley of the Arve, between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc.  

Belluard, Ayze, Savoie

Seems like the right address for the main producer of Gringet in Ayse.

Since 1988 Dominique Belluard has made wine at his family’s estate, certified biodynamic in 2001. 95% of his vines are the very rare variety, Gringet. There are only 20 hectares of Gringet in the world, all grown in Ayse, of which half are lovingly cared for by Dominique. The other 5% are Altesse and Mondeuse.

Wink wrote an excellent article about Domaine Belluard and a previous visit we made to Ayse two years ago.

We visited his iconic vineyard, Le Feu, rising steeply above the village and requiring terrific manual labour – but whose vines are well worth the effort!

Concrete Egg, Belluard, Ayze, Savoie

Sophie listening to Dominique – note the biodynamic half moon in the door to the cellar!

We tasted egg-samples (sorry!) in the concrete egg cellar, with occasional gurgling of the still-fermenting wine.

And we had our own Easter egg hunt… Easter eggs, Belluard, Ayze, Savoie After a thorough tasting with Dominique we enjoyed a typical Savoie meal at the charming local restaurant, Chez Anais, Auberge d’Ayze.

Dinner, Chez Anais, Auberge d'Ayze, Dominique Belluard, Ayze, Savoie

Chez Anais, Auberge d’Ayze

Tartiflette, Chez Anais, Auberge d'Ayze, Belluard, Ayze

The classic Savoyard dish – tartiflette!

It was back to Chinaillon as the following day we will be visiting more regions of Savoie, our Savoyard appetite having been whetted in Ayse.

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.

Canary Wharf

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

Real Wine Fair day one

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