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Orange=Natural, Natural=Orange. Is it true?

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5. October, 2013

First things first – what is “Orange” wine? For some time now, I’ve been noticing total confusion regarding natural wines comprehension among many occasional wine drinkers. In Slovenia and abroad many people equal “orange” (macerated whites), with natural wines and vice-versa. Mentioning natural wines, many people reply, “oh, yes, those orange ones”… But is it […]

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RAW fair 2013 – my thoughts

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28. May, 2013

For quite some time now, Britain’s capital has also been one of the world’s capital of natural wines movement (organically or biodynamically grown). Many bars and restaurants in London have excellent natural wines on their wine lists. Some of those are: Antidote, Brawn, Terroirs, Green&Blue, 40 Maltby Street, St. John, Hibiscus, Ducksoup, Tom Aikens, Hampshire Hog, Elliot’s cafe  … and many others – from very simple places to […]

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RAW fair 2013

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16. May, 2013

A year passed and RAW fair 2013 is just around the corner. It will be great to meet old friends from natural wine world again and I really look forward to making new ones. It was first organized last May by Isabelle Legeron, MW and her team and it was total success. Not just hundreds of pristine […]

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Château le Puy

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23. April, 2013

HISTORY Château le Puy lies on the same rock plateau as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, overlooking the magnificent Dordogne valley. The chateau was known in ancient times as «Côteau des Merveilles» (the Hill of Wonders) because of the excellence of its wines. The vineyard is perched on the second highest point in the Gironde departement at […]

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Are natural wines healthy?

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8. October, 2012

Since I can remember, even doctors claim, that a glass of red wine a day has very positive effects on our organism. Does that mean that natural red wine makes wonders to our health? To tell the truth, I don’t believe in healthy food, healthy wine and similar nonsense. We know though, that one can have very unhealthy nutritional habits and lifestyle. Exaggerate with quantities of food, eat the same stuff time and again, be it hamburgers from McDonald’s, or beef from your organic farm and that glass of red means nothing anymore.

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Apple poisoning or is wine really a wine?

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22. August, 2012

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! But where to find an apple? Seriously. The stuff you can find in super, hyper and I don’t know what kind of market chains, tagged “apples” are far from the real apples. I know a case when a few years ago a guy read an article about positive effect apples have on our health. So he decided it was time to do something and changed his diet habits. Every morning, he’d buy 2 kilos of apples in his local market and ate them during the day. After some time, his state went from normal, to worse and worst .. until he’d finish in a hospital. After series of examinations, doctors still didn’t figure out what the hell is wrong with this guy… until somebody thoroughly interviewed him and realized what was the case here. With such daily quantity of apples consumed, his intake of herbicide/pesticide residues on/in apples was so high, that he’d gotten sick. It took him several weeks to recover from his “healthy” diet.

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Vitovska

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5. July, 2012

Vitovska grganja or garganja is an old indigenous white variety, grown in Vipavska dolina (Vipavska valley) and Kras in Slovenia and Carso in Italy (Friuli). It is very resistant to drought, which makes the variety perfect for Kras/Carso environment. It gives elegant, complex, not very aromatic wine, with moderate alcohol levels, which makes it fresh and perfect to enjoy, being accompanied with food, or not. The grape is often used for production of orange wines (maceration).

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RAW fair & TheRealWineFair – afterthoughts

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7. June, 2012

206 natural wine artisans, organic Cognac and beer, sake made of organic rise, excellent salmon, oysters, cheeses, cakes, coffee … Isabelle Legeron and her team succeeded in organization of truly great event, praising non-interventional approach to cultivation of vineyard and production of wine. I was there both days with my friend Andrej, great connoisseur of good food and wine and we really had a great time. I also visited TheRealWineFair on Tuesday and found very similar picture there with almost 200 artisans there as well.

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What is “Natural wine”?

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3. June, 2012

This is a fantastic video explanation on the topic which is being discussed time and again. What really is natural wine? It’s been made by VinNatur association.

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Malvazija (Istrian Malvasia)

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20. May, 2012

Malvazija/malvasia is white variety, grown mostly in mediterranean, though it’s also known as red grape (Malvasia Nera), which can mostly be found in Italian regions Piemonte and Puglia. Istrian malvasia or simply malvasia is again white variety, found in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy and gives moderately aromatic wines, somewhere between flowery (acacia flower) and fruity…

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RAW fair

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17. May, 2012

I first met her during my visit to VinNatur fair in Vicenza (Villa Favorita) end of March this year. I knew Isabelle Legeron from her fantastic TV shows. I particularly loved her Georgia coverage. When we talked at Elisabeta Foradori’stable, she told me about RAW fair, she’s been organizing in London for the second time and invited me there. After checking her and the RAW websites I was sure I must go to London this year.

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Are other wines UNreal or UNnatural?

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9. May, 2012

Some wine bloggers and writers as well as some wine producers are arguing Natural Wine term, as well as movements, such as VinNatur, ViniVeri, RAWfair, ThatCrazyFrenchWoman, etc. They act like an insulted child, saying “Oh – so all other wines are unreal or unnatural.” They are saying we (natural wine supporters) only recognize natural wines and claim all others as fake wines.

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Vinistra 2012

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9. May, 2012

If you’re in the neighborhood and fan of Istria and Malvasia, visit Vinistra expo, held in Poreč, Istria, Croatia from 11. – 13.05.2012. Over 100 producers will bring their samples of Malvasia, Teran and some other wine varieties as well as fine istrian olive oils.

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