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Buon Vino Natural Wine Blog

  • We recently noticed an article in the Sunday Times with some of Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli’s favourite things in life, which included a bottle of Sagrantino di Montefalco from a fantastic producer Paulo Bea. We have to agree that there is no finer choice! This is a pretty special bottle of wine – inky black, layers of lush fruit and deliciously savoury earthiness. Sagrantino as a grape has some of the highest levels of tannin, so requires a minimum of 30 months ageing in barrel or vat prior to selling, which contributes to its high price. But boy, is it worth it! You can also buy a fantastic passito dessert wine made from the dried grapes - a bottle of that and some gorgonzola sounds heaven to me. Continue reading

  • Wine etiquette is an absolute minefield, and cork taint can strike at any time. You always see in movies that moment where the waiter in a fancy restaurant hands the customer a freshly popped cork to smell to make sure they are happy, and the customer usually has no idea what to do. What the waiter wants you to look for is cork taint. Continue reading

  • The world of Natural Wines can often be a foray into a spectrum of flavours that you probably wouldn’t find in your average bottle of supermarket plonk. Some of these can be less than pleasant, others can be totally eye opening and lift the wine out of the ordinary. Volatile acidity is one of those flavours. Continue reading

  • They call Piedmont the Burgundy of Italy and it has an incredible history.  The Kingdom of Piedmont, ruled by the house of Savoy controlled much of northern Italy and southern France and Turin was briefly the capital of the unified Italy in the mid 19th Century.  It is perhaps one of the reasons that Piedmont’s signature fine wine, Barolo, became known as the ‘Wine of Kings’.  Today the region produces many of Italy’s best and most famous wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Ghemme, Gattinara, Gavi di Gavi, Barbera d’Alba, Moscato d’Asti, the list goes on. Continue reading

  • Wine & Gastronomy Break

    Buon Vino has brought together local food heroes to create a unique gastronomic experience for lovers of world-class wines and creative cookery. Based in a luxury hotel, the two-night break will place food artisans in the spotlight and allow guests to discover the world of natural wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue reading

  • A few thoughts on Loire Valley wine.....

    Natural Wine The Loire is oozing natural wine!

    The Romans started it - they started most things - centuries ago when they discovered the Loire was perfect for grape growing and also that it has a conveniently placed river to transport the harvest.  The Loire was the last place to be affected by phylloxera and the last to recover.  Today it has 69 AOPs or appellations, and boasts a dizzying array of grape varieties, 'Terroirs', and styles of wine.  In short, the Loire is cool and the wines are amazingly good. Continue reading

  • The landscape and climate of northern France's beautiful Loire Valley is incredibly varied, which means the region produces a fascinating range of styles of wine.  With barbeque season just round the corner (there's a great weather forecast for the last week of May!) you're probably on the look out for something to pair with your alfresco eating.  This region is a great source of food-friendly wines - and is the inspiration for the next wine tasting evening at our shop. Continue reading

  • It's fair to say that Lambrusco may have struggled with an image problem in the past.  (Anybody remember the Lambrini girls?!)  The great news is, you can put any preconceived ideas aside because we have some stunning, naturally frothy wines for you to try, from Cinque Campi in Emilia Romagna. Continue reading

  • This month we have selected a few natural beauties from the Languedoc for you to get your taste buds into.  The Languedoc is awash with wine but not many are as distinctive as Fred Porro's and few have the same story of determination over adversity behind their production.   The new vintages are in and so this month's mixed case is from Monsieur Porro's domaine.
    It is Spring in the vineyards and buds are bursting as the vines are well and truly coming to life after their winter's hibernation.  Step into a natural vineyard at this time of year and you are overcome with the aromas of spring flowers and vegetation as the place just oozes life, it is an intoxicating experience that lifts both body and mind, no wander these natural wine makers are so happy, it's not just all the booze! Continue reading

  • So, Christmas is over, and before you know it, card shops and florists galore are jumping on the Valentine’s bandwagon to make you and your loved one feel special for a day. We, as a wine shop, are no exception. But we would like to help you in your exploits by providing you with a guide to aphrodisiac foods and what to pair with them. Even if the sensual slime of an oyster can’t get your pulse racing, you are bound to be feeling amorous after a glass or two of bubbly. Sit back, relax and let us take care of the menu for you. Continue reading

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