Author: Sue Dyson and Roger McShane

Frontispiece from Nathan Bailey

A brief history of the term “natural wine”

We love the term ‘Natural Wine’. Let us explain why. We have always been educators and communicators. That is why we love writing to explain our wines and what they mean to us. And that is why the term appeals, because it helps people communicate exactly what they mean about a naturally-fermented wine that has been made without additions and without anything being taken away from the wine.

Flavour of wine

Aromas and flavours in wine: Part 2

In the first part of this article published in Wine Talk for April 2017 we discussed the importance of the human aroma receptors, volatile compounds associated with wine, the link between aroma receptors and the brain, how aroma is a construct of the brain and how different people smell totally different things in wine sparked by different memories.

It all starts with the soil Part 4

It all starts with the soil – Part 4

In three previous articles we have examined different rock types, how soils are formed and the creatures that work the soil for us. In this final article in the series we are going to explore the scientific literature that informed us about the negative effects of systemic sprays to prove that there is scientific merit in our claims.

It all starts with the soil Part 3

It all starts with the soil – Part 3

In the two previous articles under this title we examined the different rock types that are found in vineyards and then looked at how soils are created from those rocks by actions including physical weathering, chemical weathering and biological weathering. In this article we are going to look at the living creatures that inhabit the soils in vineyards.


The Auvergne region

The Auvergne region of France is one of our favourite places to visit. It is home to one of our most-visited establishments, namely the Auberge de Chassignolles where the accommodation and food lures us back many times each year. It is also the home to one of France’s most important […]


Minerality in wine – Part 2

Minerality of the soil – Introduction We want to explore the importance of minerality of the soil in more detail, because in Part 1 of this series, published in the April 2013 newsletter we explained that only three of the sixteen essential elements for plant growth enter the plant via […]