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the real wine fair

THE REAL WINE FAIR: Back again for 2015… but different!

Following the fantastic success of this year’s event, we are delighted to announce our plans for The Real Wine Fair 2015.

The 2014 Real Wine Fair which welcomed record numbers of trade and consumer visitors, was, without doubt, our most successful and critically-acclaimed event hitherto, featuring 140 organic/biodynamic and natural growers and winemakers from around the world, a roster of superb guest speakers, a busy pop-up wine shop and the return of the Unfiltered Dog, not to forget a typically celebratory Georgian supra.

However, after several successful years under its previous guise, we feel that it is time for a change. So, instead of a single, large two-day fair, we will be holding multiple, smaller but no less exciting events for trade and consumer guests throughout the UK. These will comprise focused regional growers’ tastings, master-classes, dinners and a variety of innovative promotions in order to share our pleasure of real wine with as wide an audience as possible.

These events will take place across the UK throughout 2015. However, to whet your appetites for next year’s events, we will be kicking things off early. October 2014 will mark the inaugural event “Alternative Australians”, a fortnight of pop-up tastings and “wine residencies” hosted by Anton von Klopper, Tom Shobbrook, Patrick Sullivan, Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris, dynamic young winemakers who are making considerable waves in the Australian wine scene.

We will be announcing details of other Real Wine events for 2015 in the next few months.
The Real Wine Fair will revert to its customary format in 2016.

www.therealwinefair.com


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Wine Enthusiast has released the nominees for their 2014 Wine Star Awards and two people we consider part of the Organic Wine Journal family are up for Sommelier Of The Year.

Pascaline Lepeltier, sommelier at Rouge Tomate in New York, is known for her organic, biodynamic and natural wine selections. And Kelli White, sommelier at Press in Napa, has written articles and appeared on our tasting panels in the past.

Congratulations to both!


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The Cleveland

We profiled NYC restaurant The Cleveland when they first opened last year and The New York Times has finally caught up to us. Eric Asimov writes about ‘10 of New York City’s Most Surprising Wine Lists:’

This intimate restaurant with a lovely garden ought to be nirvana for wine geeks. It specializes in natural wines, which are grown and made with the least possible amount of additives and technology, but the Cleveland is not particularly dogmatic about it. You’ll find bottles from across Europe and the United States. Noteworthy bottles include the 2008 Pierre Frick riesling from the grand cru vineyard of Vorbourg in Alsace for $75; the 2013 Sicilian catarratto from Marco de Bartoli for $42; and a rarity, a 2010 Chiroubles from the enigmatic Jean-Marc Brignot, for $75. Personally, I’d like to drink through the entire list.


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Grgich Hills Earthquake

Michael Eckstein, Associate Winemaker at Grgich Hills with damaged barrels of Zinfandel.

Our best wishes go out to all people, and all wineries, affected by the earthquake in Napa. Here is a roundup of what we’ve learned about some of our organic winemakers.

Frog’s Leap

On Twitter, Frog’s Leap posted:

Thankfully, we had minor damage & will reopen Monday. RT @TIME: The largest earthquake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years http://ti.me/1mDNfUW

Robert Sinskey

On Twitter, Robert Sinskey posted:

Robert Sinskey Vineyards made it through the earthquake largely unscathed! We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Come visit us!

Grgich Hills

On Facebook, Grgich Hills posted:

Thank you to everyone for your phone calls, emails and texts! We are all safe and sound, with minimal earthquake damage to a few barrels. Come on by our Tasting Room – we are opening up now for tasting only, no tours or stomping just to be on the safe side.

Domaine Carneros

The Los Angeles Times spoke with T.J. Evans at Domaine Carneros:

T.J. Evans, winemaker at Domaine Carneros in Napa, said a 3,000- and 6,000-gallon tank filled with sparking wine showed signs of minor damage after swaying from their concrete moorings.

Power was out briefly, leaving no way for coolant to calm the hot fermentation of the wine. The winery’s barrels, however, were undisturbed.

“We’re extraordinarily lucky,” Evans said. “We have a little survivor’s guilt.”

Tres Sabores

Tres Sabores on Twitter:

#napaearthquake an experience to be virtually launched out of bed. TS ppl safe tgdns but not good for rest/retail friends + wishes friends


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Punch writer Aaron Ayscough reports that demand for limited Natural Wines in Paris has led some restaurants to try and keep them hidden from customers not deemed worthy:

The simplest defense against cherry pickers, practiced at wine-shop-slash-restaurant Le Verre Volé and celebrated Belleville bistrot Le Baratin, is to have no wine list at all. Ostensibly this is to ensure that each table arrives at the optimum wine choice. In practice, it also ensures that clients are screened before each wine sale.

Meanwhile, at the Left Bank’s historic Café de la Nouvelle Mairie there is a generous list of natural wines—but it’s only shown on demand. In my experience, staff members I don’t know typically point me to the blackboard of glass-pour wines when I request the list. Each time I must insist that there is indeed a wine list—often making a silly rectangular motion in the air with my fingers—before the server concedes and hands it over.

Read the full article at punchdrink.com.


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Edible Manhattan

Organic Wine Journal just got written up in Edible Manhattan by writer Alia Akkam. Check out the article here.

“We don’t want people to drink a biodynamic wine just because it’s biodynamic. It should be judged on its own merit, like with conventional wines. But if two products are equally good, why would you not take the organic one, where the winemaker lets nature do the work?”


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A new organic and biodynamic wine bar is opening in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. From DNAinfo:

Sunrise/Sunset, 351 Evergreen Ave., opened last Thursday with just bar hours, starting at 5 p.m., said owner Henry Glucroft, 29, who also owns Henry’s Wine and Spirit at 69 Central Ave.

Glucroft, a self-professed wine aficionado, wants to expand the wine list to include more than 100 bottles of natural, organic, biodynamic wine by next week, he said.

The bar currently serves 10 wines by the glass and offers three champagnes. Glucroft, who spent much of his childhood outside Paris, gravitates towards natural, biodynamic wines because they’re made from grapes in self-contained farms that don’t use any pesticides and don’t add chemicals.


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The makers of the documentary Wine The Green Revolution have put some smaller videos online to explain organic and biodynamic winemaking techniques.

Here is one where Pierre Masson explains Lunar and Astral Rhythms.


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