Nolwenn and Matthieu are two young winemakers who met by chance at a wine fair. A sip of Pouilly Fumé and it was the beginning of a true love story. After doing a science degree, Matthieu returned to his first love: wine and particularly his family vineyard in the middle of the Loire Valley where he worked with his father in the family vineyards. Nolwenn worked as a publisher in Paris, when she met Matthieu and decided to leave her life behind her and join Matthieu in the Loire. Together, they decided to create their own winegrowing estate. At a turning point in their careers their paths led them to a small domain at the crossroads of the terroirs of the Pouilly Fumé appellation. And so was born Domaine de la Croisée in Pouilly Fumé. ..
On our early morning drives into the shop in St Emilion or to the market in Libourne you glimpse eerie silhouettes through the mist in the vineyards, bent over and moving slowly through the vines. Pruning has begun in earnest in the last week in the vineyards around the house. During the winter months the sap from the vines descends into the root system and the vine becomes inactive, making this a perfect time to prune back the excess branches. Pruning takes place between the months of November and March. Late pruning is preferable as pruning pauses the growing cycle and the vine is thereby less exposed to the late spring frosts experienced in Bordeaux. For the smaller vineyards late pruning is possible, for the bigger vineyards this is ..
Wine Moments Coming to Kilkenny with The Wine Buff Opening New to the area, Gary Davidson and Gabi Baronetti are immersing themselves into the local community by opening the most recent Wine Buff franchise at 29 Patrick Street, Kilkenny. Gabi and Gary met in the heart of the wine region of the Western Cape of South Africa, a stone's throw from the best wineries the country has to offer. In South Africa, they ran a farmstall that stocked artisan food from local producers and a pub. In December 2019, they emigrated to Ireland to be closer to family and returning to Gabi’s roots, her mother was from Wicklow. “After coming to Ireland, we were looking for a suitable business venture, something that we would both enjoy doing into o..
We are delighted to announce that The Wine Buff St Emilion has been voted one of the Top 10 wine retailers in France by The Beverage Trade Network. Since our launch in this stunningly beautiful UNESCO village of St Emilion, The Wine Buff has endeavoured to make you, our customer, feel very much at home. At The Wine Buff, we truly believe that your purchase of wine should be a memorable experience, and even more so when you have taken the time to visit the epicentre of the wine world. We are also rated No 1 on Tripadvisor and Google for wine shopping in St Emilion. Not bad for a Irish wine shop competing in a village containing 90 + wine shops and only 200 inhabitants! A h..
In the Rioja region the favourable conditions of 2018 produced one of the largest harvests of the past decade, resulting in balanced classic styled Rioja wines with great bouquet and good ageing potential. The 2019 summer was extremely hot, and the yields are predicted to be reduced considerably on the 2018 harvest, but vineyards are generally reporting great quality. While visiting Bodegas Ontañón’s vineyards near the village of Quel in Rioja Oriental, Raquel Perez explained, “Due to the intense heat in the last few months, the grape sizes are smaller than normal, this allows good air circulation through the grape bunches, all the grapes are very healthy” said Raquel, something we witnessed when she showed us the tempranill..
You may have noticed a new label on some of our French winemakers’ bottles or they may appear in due course on newer vintages. The certification is called Haute Valeur Environnementale and was introduced in 2011, it encourages farms and vineyards to focus on increasing biodiversity, reducing and eliminating the use of pesticides, managing fertilizer inputs, and improving water management. Once a farm has attained the third and most stringent level of the certification process, it is deemed worthy of the title “High Environmental Value” (“Haute Valeur Environnementale” or HVE) and the wine maker can include this label on their wines. Customers and wine drinkers are now more than ever curious about where their wine comes from and..
Doing what comes naturally. An ever-increasing question we come across in our shops has been, do you stock natural wines and what are they? Unlike organic, there is no official or legal definition of a natural wine and there are no organisations that can certify a wine is natural. This has led to a lot of confusion for wine drinkers. Some winemakers are following a philosophy and making so called natural wines and some wine retailers are jumping on the bandwagon by classifying a large section of their wine portfolio as natural. In opposition to this you have some likening natural wine to the “emperor’s new clothes”. So, natural wine could just be considered a marketing tool? Yes, in a lot of cases it could, as food manufacturers..
While last week we outlined the rise in certified organic wine making, this week we have moved onto the philosophy of Biodynamic farming. Many organic growers follow the Biodynamic practice, you can regard Biodynamic farming as a philosophy and organic farming as adhering to rules. Biodynamic farming is rooted around the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner to integrate a scientific understanding of agriculture and the spirit of nature. This philosophy has continued to evolve with further research, but it remains an ecological, and ethical approach to farming, recognising the dynamic nature of the individual environment from the plants to the farmer. On vineyards, Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to Organic agriculture, the en..
As you browse the wine selection, you may find yourself wondering what’s in an organic wine. It is more about what is NOT in an Organic Wine. There are winemakers around the world converting to organic wine production as a result of the movement towards clean eating and growth in mainstream organic products. Our partner winemakers have been following this farming philosophy for generations to protect their land and produce a wine that is true to the grapes they grow. As with food, organic farming on vineyards is regulated, and there are strict rules that determine if a wine can be labelled organic. These rules cover everything from farming the land, growing the grapes, production processes and bottling practices. If a vineyards wine ..