Tag Archives: natural wine

Retro wines

Like many of my generation (BB, that is) I’m transfixed by the recent fashion for retro wines. This is my term for wines made in old-fashioned ways, and I’m not talking of Whitehill beater crushers, hand-cranked basket presses, old oak and forked stalks, à la Rockford winery. I’m talking seriously old: clay amphorae and ceramic eggs for fermenters, white grapes fermented on their skins, reds fermented on their stalks, minimal or zero additions (such as yeast, bacteria, acid, tannin, yeast nutrients, sulfites, etc.), and sustainable viticulture – especially organic or biodynamic.

‘Orange’ wine

“Orange” wine (also known as “amber” wine) is attracting a growing number of followers and, I suspect, an equally growing number of critics. It is a (usually) dry wine made from white grape varieties that have spent some considerable time on the grape skins, giving the wine an orange colour.

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Skin-contact whites

Natural wine, amphora wine, orange wine,unsulfured wine. There are lots of alternative methods being trialled by winemakers, most of them far from new. On the contrary, they hark back to the ancients. I’ve tasted many so-called ‘orange’ wines, which are whites that have been fermented

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Glenn James rises again

Glenn James & Amanda James-Pritchard Like a cat with nine lives, born-again former McLaren Vale corporate winemaker Glenn James has turned up in Tasmania. James worked in senior winemaking roles for Fosters and Constellation before going back to getting his hands in the ferments, establishing

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Sydney Italian Wine & Food Festival

‘Natural’ wines reared their controversial heads at last Sunday’s Sydney Italian Wine & Food Festival. The event was a major success, attracting about 1200 to the Sydney Town Hall, where more than 250 premium Italian wines were offered for tasting. I hosted some masterclasses in

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When Orange Isn’t Orange

The popularity of so-called ‘orange wines’ in certain quarters has prompted Wine Australia to issue a clarification, in which it states that ‘orange’ can signify many things, but cannot be used on any wine that doesn’t come from the Orange regional GI in New South

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Mysterious Ways

“The vine is a mystical plant that unites the celestial and terrestrial worlds. One half of it is striving to climb higher; the other seeks to go deeper into the earth.” Thus spake the co-owner of Georgian winery Pheasant’s Tears, John Wurdeman, who was an