Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



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Brumaire is a gathering of natural winemakers. It will take place on March 13th, 2016, from 12-6pm, in the West Bluff Amphitheater at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

Current list of growers attending:

Joan Ramon Escoda
Laureano Serres (Mendall)
Cantina Giardino
Christophe Foucher (La Lunotte)
Julien Guillot (Clos des Vignes du Maynes)
Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron)
Chris Scanlan (Pain and Glory Cellars)
Ambyth Estate
Ryan Stirm (Stirm Wine Co.)
Chad Hinds (Methode Sauvage)
Living Wines Collective
Hank Beckmeyer (La Clarine Farm)
J Brix
Donkey & Goat
Jamie Kutch


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Winegrower group The Outsiders hosted a pre-Millésime Bio evening in Montpellier, where 18 producers poured their wines for over a hundred trade visitors from Europe and the US. Thanks to Louise Hurren for the update and Ken Payton for the photos.

Jon and Liz Bowen (Domaine Sainte Croix)

Jon and Liz Bowen (Domaine Sainte Croix)

Brigitte Chevalier and Pierre Roque (Domaine de Cébène).

Erik Gabrielson and Frances Garcia (Mas Zenitude)

Nicolas Mollard (Le Clos du Serres)

Nicolas Mollard (Le Clos du Serres)

Robin Williamson (Domaine de Saumarez)

Robin Williamson (Domaine de Saumarez)

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Erik Gabrielson and Frances Garcia (Mas Zenitude)

Brigitte Chevalier and Pierre Roque (Domaine de Cébène)

Paul-Henri Thillardon (Domaine P-H Thillardon)

Paul-Henri Thillardon (Domaine P-H Thillardon)


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Tarantas Wines announced today the launch of the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest. Food and wine lovers across America are asked to uncork their creativity and submit an original recipe and wine pairing combination for a chance to win a Trip for Two to Spain! The company is searching the nation for recipes that bring out the very best in their organic wines.

Tarantas Wines is excited to launch this national recipe contest as a way to introduce American wine lovers to the concept of Tarantas Tiene Cuerpo y Alma ~ Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain.

Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest entries will be accepted in five categories: 1) Small Plates/Tapas, 2) Main Dish, 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad, 4) Dessert, 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.

All entrants are required to include a Tarantas wine pairing recommendation for their dish and the use of a Tarantas wine as an ingredient is required in the Wine-Based Craft Cocktail category. Entry form includes a list of the eligible Tarantas wines.

One Grand Prize winner receives a five-day, four-night trip for two to Spain, including air transportation from the U.S., 2 nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in the charming village of Requena, Spain, a private tour of the winery with lunch, gastro and historical tour of Valencia, two nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in Valencia, Spain and all ground transportation and transfers. Four First Prize winners receive a $100 gift certificate from Whole Foods Market.

Complete contest rules and information can be found at www.tarantaswines.com/recipes.


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It’s that time again. New Year’s celebrations call for champagne, and why not start the year right by making the drink of choice a biodynamic one. Some great ones to try are A & J Beaufort, Benoit Lahaye, Champagne David Léclapart, Champagne Fleury and Champagne Françoise Bedel et Fils. You can read more about them in this Forbes article by OWJ Editor Adam Morganstern.

And over at Organic Authority, writer Donna Sozio has an interview with the “bad boy”of Champagne: Frederic Zeimett of Champagne Leclerc Briant in Epernay. One nice quote:

I wish for all of Champagne to realize that heavy use of chemical products is not the best practice for the future of farming. In fact, I would love for the Champagne region to forget about the word “INDUSTRY” altogether. Too much in Champagne is done in an industrial manner. We believe there is a better way then using chemicals produced from substances such as petrol to fight disease in the vineyards, or producing wines similar to a large industry like milk or beer. By utilizing organic and biodynamic techniques, one can still produce beautiful wines representative of the region (Leclerc Briant is the proof).


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From The Real Wine Fair:

For the first time The Real Wine Fair will be featuring a host of artisan growers from the USA who will be coming over to pour and talk about their wines.

These are truly boutique wines in the sense that some of the cuvées are made in the dozens of cases rather than the hundreds and thousands. All are examples of responsible viticulture and intuitive winemaking, method and a little bit of madness, purity and fun. Wineries on show for the first time from California will include La Clarine; Clos Saron; Ambyth Estate and Forlorn Hope, whilst Kelley Fox; Minimus; Beckham Estate and Ovum will represent for Oregon. Deirdre Heekin will be showcasing her biodynamically-farmed wines from La Garagista in Vermont. There will be examples of Albarino and Alvarelhao, 130-year-old Cinsault and some pretty old Mourvedre, Gruner Veltliner and Gewurztraminer, serious Sangiovese and Syrah not to mention Garnacha of every hue. Full-on Semillon from one of the oldest vineyards to be planted in Oregon and a pair of Touriga Nacionals, amphora and skin contact wines, are other intriguing oddities that shouldn’t be missed.

The Real Wine Fair
17th & 18th April, 2016
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF


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Isabelle Legeron will be at The Ten Bells tonight at 8pm, signing her book Natural Wine and joining in the celebration of ‪#‎JURA.


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From the Press Release:

Millesime Bio, the global event for organic wine, takes place on 25 to 27 January 2016 in the heart of France’s leading organic production area, the new Languedoc- Roussillon / Midi-Pyrenees region. Over the 3 days, 900 exhibitors from every wine producing country and region will meet with sector professionals. A rise in visitor numbers of 13% in 2015 is a great sign that the 2016 edition is not to be missed! Millesime Bio has become the leading global marketplace for organic wine.

More information at www.millesime-bio.com.


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From the press release:

As summer draws to a close, the wheels of RAW have begun turning again as we launch our next edition of the fair, taking place in Berlin on 29 November. The fair’s bespoke microsite is now live and tickets are on sale.

Over 100 artisan wine growers from around the world* will be joining us at Berlin’s foremost foodie market – Markthalle Neun – for 1 day only: the 6th edition of RAWfair. All are extraordinary individuals who produce fine natural or low-intervention organic and biodynamic wine that is not only great for the planet and your well-being, but also delicious and driven by a true sense of place (‘terroir’). In short, wine at its very best. And if that’s not enough of a draw, you’ll also be able to taste artisan bread, sake, cider and a collection of spirits from a micro-distillery.

For those of you wanting to make a weekend of it, there will be lots of suppers and bars opening their doors that weekend to RAW goers in a bid to help Berlin go RAW. If you’re on Twitter look out for the #RAWBerlin hashtag (or simply follow us @RAWfair), and if you’re on Facebook then check out our feed here.

To help whet your appetite, our newsletters will include collections of photographs from some of the growers you will be meeting in November. First set below.

And last but certainly not least, the dates for next year’s RAW London have also been announced so please put the 15 & 16 May 2016 in your diaries for another UK extravaganza. Dates for Vienna to follow soon.

Any questions, let us know.

Wishing you a glorious autumn,

Team RAW

Buy tickets here: berlin.rawfair.com/2015/buy-tickets-berlin


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