Logan Weemala Pinot Noir

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I’ve genuinely lost count of the amount of times our Aussie winemaker friend Peter Logan has visited North Berwick, he just can’t get enough of it. This might actually be his tenth visit, but hey, what’s there not to love about East Lothian and North Berwick. He loves hanging out in the shop and chatting to customers who’ve enjoyed many of his wines over the years. So we’ll be adopting the usual format of opening loads of the Logan Wines and giving people the opportunity to taste the range and chat the man who put them together. One of those little beauties will be the Logan Weemala Pinot Noir 2015. The Weemala range is a little bit quirky and has attracted a loyal following for its restrained, elegant and excellent value for money wines. All of the wines in the Weemala series are comprised of fruit grown in Mudgee and Orange in Australia’s Central Ranges – like all Logan wines – they are...
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Logan Apple Tree Flat Merlot

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Judging by the amount of Logan Wines we have in the shop, I’ll forgive people for thinking the shop is called Logan Bros. Ever since his first visit to the shop back in 2004, Peter Logan has become one of my best buds in the wine world and after eight visits to the shop over the years he must be best buds with half of North Berwick. (he’s back 17/18th June). Once one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, the appeal of the NSW Central Ranges is now widely recognized and judging by the growth in popularity in his wines, more and more people are clearly enjoying Australia’s finest cool climate wines. Located on the north and west slopes of the Great Dividing Range, Orange is the highest wine region in Australia. Its altitude, cool weather and rich volcanic soils the perfect ingredients to produce elegant wines with delicacy and depth. Mudgee (Aboriginal for ‘Nest in the Hills’) is one of Australia’s oldest wine...
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Vesevo Falanghina

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When I’m not thinking about booze, my mind tends to meander onto cycling and as the Giro d’italia (cycling’s Tour of Italy) enters it’s second week I thought it might be fun to focus on something Italian. As I write this, the Giro has just past though Campania, home to one of my all time favourite white wines, Vesevo Falanghina. It’s likely that I’ve written about this wine in the past but this only emphasizes my passion for it and the need I have to get the message across for everyone to at least try a bottle. The vineyards are situated between 450-550 metres above sea level and benefit from a cool breeze that blows off the Bay of Naples. This same breeze has, over the centuries, blown volcanic ash from Vesuvius inland, giving the soil here a volcanic character rich in minerals and trace elements. This lends a great depth of flavour to the grapes. Low temperature fermentation has retained the...
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Delheim Rose

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Summer have not quite reached East Lothian but I still love this time of year mostly because it’s time to get out and enjoy the garden, scrub down the barbeque, sit back and enjoy some alfresco food and drink. What better way to get into the groove than a lovely glass of Rosé wine. It’s not something that I tend to drink much of outside the warmer months and there’s something quintessentially summer about Rosé. It’s funny how our taste changes with the seasons and a good thing too, life would be a bit dull if we ate and drank the same stuff all the time. We’ve been followers of Delheim wines for a few years now and enjoyed watching them improve immeasurably since discovering them at a tasting in London back in 2012. It’s a real community thing at Delheim as they look after all of their workers like members of their family – in total 13 families work...
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Beyra Branco 2015

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Apologies to people who are tiring of hearing me bang on about how brilliant Portuguese wines are but there’s just one more I have to sneak in. I talked about the Beyra Tinto a couple of weeks ago and today I’d like to highlight their white counterpart, Beyra Branco. I’m brief summary, the vineyards sit at 700m, very close to the Spanish border and south of the Douro, Rui Madeira is single-handedly reviving a region’s reputation. Intense fruitiness, minerality and freshness of the altitude wines. This 2012 won the Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy for Best Portuguese White under £15. The striking zesty and green-fruit character in Beyra Branco do make it an excellent and high quality introduction to Portugal for people who enjoy aromatic dry whites. Mineral and citrus fruitiness, grapefruit, hints of nettle and white flowers, very fresh and light on the palate, revealing the altitude of the vineyards. The soul of this wine lies in the unique...
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Beyra Tinto

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If you read these columns from time to time or if you visit the shop you’ll have a pretty good idea that we’ve got a massive soft spot for Portuguese wines.I genuinely feel that if had to drink wine from only one country for the rest of my life the answer would be simple. We introduced the Beyra Wines to the shop a good couple of years ago and they’re already developed a nice little following. From very old vineyards on the Portuguese side of the Spanish border south of the Douro at over 700m, this is out in the sticks in the extreme but Rui Madeira is injecting a new life and sense of purpose into these ancient vineyards. With careful use of many of the local varieties Rui combines his love of Ribeira del Duero wine styles with a stamp of his own sense of place. Fruity aroma with very elegant and discreet minerality. Berries and spices, fresh, with a fruity...
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Montanar Organic Verdejo

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The one good thing about January and February is the fun time we have buzzing around and getting to as many tastings as we possibly can in order to keep tabs on things and fine tune the range for the upcoming season. People are really upping their game with improvements and quality just about everywhere for all to behold. I really didn’t expect a white wine from La Mancha in Spain to make quite such an impression on me but wow you’ve just got to give this one a go and even better, it’s only a tenner!! Montanar Verdejo. Montañar means ‘mountainous’, and the winery takes its name from the Serrania de Cuenca  mountain range in Castilla-La Mancha. The wines come from the family run winery established by the three Parra brothers (Francisco, Javier and Luis) in 1993. The brothers had the foresight to move to organic and then biodynamic viticulture early on. All of the grapes are grown both organically...
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Domaine Pignier Cremant du Jura

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I absolutely love good sparkling wine and it was only a few weeks ago that we were at a tasting and discovered possibly the finest example that we’ve ever tasted. Domaine Pignier Cremant du Jura (£20). The quality of this wine was extraordinary and as we probed further into why this wine was so good the evidence was clear. We tasted many Champagnes two or three times the price of this that would embarrass themselves if they were to be found side by side in a taste off. The grower clearly values the importance of the work they do in our vines and carry out constant and advanced research into biodynamic viticulture. Being the only wine growers in the village, they are ideally placed to tend our vines organically and preserve the numerous strains of wild yeast present in the environment. With grapes of such high quality, there can be no question of excessive intervention in the cellar and follow...
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Logan Apple Tree Flat Cabernet Merlot

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It’s been about a month since we had the pleasure of hosting Peter Logan of Logan Wines for the weekend and now that the latest shipment of new labels and vintages has bedded in I thought it was about time to mention one of them. It was a great weekend and people piled in to meet Peter and taste as many wines as they could. He’s a regular visitor to North Berwick so don’t worry if you missed him this time, he’ll be back for sure next year. His Apple Tree Flat Range makes up the core of his range consisting of five labels and it’s hard to find anything better at that £10 point. I’ll never forget the mountains of 2002 Merlot which we sold soon after opening the shop up in 2004. All of his wines have gained immense complexity since then due more experience and crucial vine age. Peter’s now onto his 20th vintage. This year for...
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Forchir Lamis Pinot Grigio Grave

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Pinot Grigio is more than just the Italian name for Pinot Gris. Although the two names refer to a single grape variety, the wine styles they represent are clearly distinct from one another. The difference between Pinot Grigio wines and Pinot Gris wines is so clear and well-established that the two are often treated as if they were two distinct varieties. Northeastern Italy (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige) remains the world epicenter of Pinot Grigio production; the region exports vast quantities of the wine each year, mostly to the United Kingdom and U.S. Forchir are based in the Friuli Grave DOC, a covering a large area of land in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. The region’s combination of soil, climate and situation make for excellent wines, and viticulture here dates back to Roman times. Friuli Grave’s strongest reputation is for white wines made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Friulano, all defined by their crisp nature and underlying finesse. This is no ordinary Pinot Grigio;...
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