Wine Talk Newsletter – Inspiring Writing for Natural Wine Lovers

The Wine Talk newsletter from Living Wines has been published regularly since 2008 when we first started importing natural wines from France.

In this newsletter we provide readers with the opportunity to purchase packs of our wonderful wines – you can, of course, buy wines at any time by approaching one of the many wine shops or wine bars that sell our wine, or buy them directly from us provided you want to purchase either 6 or 12 bottles.

The newsletter also includes articles and stories on a range of issues as well as information about wines that are about to arrive or have just arrived, in Australia. The articles also cover a wide range of issues relating to natural wines including how they are made, what natural wines are, how things are changing as a result of climate change, why we strongly prefer wines that have not been sprayed or the vines grown with chemical fertilisers, information about French appellations and much, much more.

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Wine Talk Complete List

The Living Wines Wine Talk newsletters (and previous Terroir Wines newsletters) that have been published are listed below and can be downloaded by clicking on the links.

Wine Talk 123 May 2024

Wine Talk 121 March 2024

Wine Talk 120 February 2024

Wine Talk 119 January 2024

Wine Talk 118 December 2023

Wine Talk 117 October 2023

Wine Talk 116 August 2023

Wine Talk 115 July 2023

Wine Talk 114 May 2023

Wine Talk 113 April 2023

Wine Talk 112 January 2023

Wine Talk 111 December 2022

Wine Talk 110 October 2022

Wine Talk 109 June 2022

Wine Talk 108 May 2022

Wine Talk 107 April 2022

Wine Talk 106 March 2022

Wine Talk 105 January 2022

Wine Talk 104 December 2021

Wine Talk 103 November 2021

Wine Talk 102 October 2021

Wine Talk 101 September 2021

Wine Talk 100 August 2021

Wine Talk 99 July 2021

Wine Talk 98 May 2021

Wine Talk 97 April 2021

Wine Talk 96 February 2021

Wine Talk 95 January 2021

Wine Talk 94 December 2020

Wine Talk 93 October 2020

Wine Talk 92 August 2020

Wine Talk 91 June 2020

Wine Talk 90 May 2020

Wine Talk 89 March 2020

Wine Talk 88 January 2020

Wine Talk 87 November 2019

Wine Talk 86 September 2019

Wine Talk 85 July 2019

Wine Talk 84 May 2019

Wine Talk 83 April 2019

Wine Talk 82 February 2019

Wine Talk 81 January 2019

Wine Talk 80 November 2018

Wine Talk 79 October 2018

Wine Talk 78 September 2018

Wine Talk 77 August 2018

Wine Talk 76 June 2018

Wine Talk 75 April 2018

Wine Talk 74 February 2018

Wine Talk 73 January 2018

Wine Talk 72 November 2017

Wine Talk 71 October 2017

Wine Talk 70 September 2017

Wine Talk 69 June 2017

Wine Talk 68 April 2017

Wine Talk 67 January 2017

Wine Talk 66 December 2016

Wine Talk 65 October 2016

Wine Talk 64 September 2016

Wine Talk 63 August 2016

Wine Talk 62 June 2016

Wine Talk 61 May 2016

Wine Talk 60 April 2016

Wine Talk 59 February 2016

Wine Talk 58 January 2016

Wine Talk 57 December 2015

Wine Talk 56 October 2015

Wine Talk 55 August 2015

Wine Talk 54 May 2015

Wine Talk 53 April 2015

Wine Talk 52 March 2015

Wine Talk 51 December 2014

Wine Talk 50 November 2014

Wine Talk 49 September 2014

Wine Talk 48 August 2014

Wine Talk 47 July 2014

Wine Talk 46 June 2014

Wine Talk 45 May 2014

Wine Talk 44 April 2014

Wine Talk 43 March 2014

Wine Talk 42 February 2014

Wine Talk 41 December 2013

Wine Talk 40 October 2013

Wine Talk 39 September 2013

Wine Talk 38 August 2013

Wine Talk 37 July 2013

Wine Talk 36 June 2013

Wine Talk 35 May 2013

Wine Talk 34 April 2013

Wine Talk 33 February 2013

Wine Talk 32 December 2012

Wine Talk 31 October 2012

Wine Talk 30 September 2012

Wine Talk 29 June 2012

Wine Talk 28 April 2012

Wine Talk 27 February 2012

Wine Talk 26 January 2012

Wine Talk 25 December 2011

Wine Talk 24 October 2011

Wine Talk 23 September 2011

Wine Talk 22 August 2011

Wine Talk 21 July 2011

  • What are natural wines? This article explains why we started importing natural wines and we stand by everything we said in 2011;
  • French wine labels explained – Gahier Trousseau;
  • Grape variety of the month – Pinot Beurot;
  • Wine appellation – Buzet in South West France.

Wine Talk 20 June 2011

  • Grape variety of the month: Altesse in the Savoie;
  • Cote de Brouilly wine appellation;
  • A discussion of the arrival of the second shipment from Belluard and a nice photo of a Gringet vine in the Le Feu vineyard showing how the leaves are almost circular;
  • And this was the first newsletter issued under the Living Wines banner – all the 19 earlier newsletters were issued as Terroir Wines.

Each of the newsletters from here down were issued under our previous name of Terroir Wines.

Wine Talk 19 March 2011

  • Grape variety of the month: Trousseau;
  • Muscadet Coteaux de Loire wine appellation.

Wine Talk 17 January 2011

  • A story about food pairings with white wines;
  • A note about Chardonnay;
  • Grape variety of the month: Gringet from the Savoie.

Wine Talk 16 December 2010

  • Grape variety of the month: Côt (called Malbec in Australia);
  • A story about the Saint Aubin wine appellation in Burgundy.

Wine Talk 15 November 2010

  • A story about the Arbois wine appellation in the Jura region;
  • A story about the grape variety of the month: Fer Servadou;
  • Wine labels explained: Bornard Les Chassagnes.

Wine Talk 14 October 2010

  • A story about the arrival of Bornard Jura wines and Carmarans Aveyron wines in Australia;
  • A story about the Les Baux de Provence wine appellation after a visit we made to new producer the Milan family;
  • An important (and lengthy) story called “The allure of oxidative wines”.

Wine Talk 13 September 2010

  • A visit to Axel Prüfer in the Languedoc who we had just started importing wine from;
  • More information about the opening of Garagistes in Hobart;
  • A story about the Marcillac wine appellation in southern France;
  • A story about the grape variety of the month: Melon de Bourgogne;
  • French Wine Labels Explained: La Soeur Cadette Vin de France Melon.

Wine Talk 12 May 2010

  • We announced the opening of what became a hugely significant restaurant in Hobart called Garagistes which not only was the first restaurant in Australia to have only natural wines on the wine list, but also worked closely with producers to encourage organic production of vegetables and fruits.
  • The grape variety of the month was Aligoté, a common grape variety in Burgundy.
  • A story about an unexpected restaurant visit in Beaujolais which saw us being carried away by an extraordinary range of natural wines available.

Wine Talk 11 February 2010

  • We point to an article by famous winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doone in California who rails against many of the so-called modern practices in vineyards and calles for a return to terroir. The link is in the newsletter.
  • The grape variety of the month is Loire Valley variety Grolleau Gris.

Wine Talk 10 January 2010

  • The grape variety of the month was Chenin Blanc.

Wine Talk 9 December 2009

  • Long story about the meaning of natural wines and why we import them called The Natural Wine Movement;
  • An article on the Pinot Noir grape variety.

Wine Talk 8 November 2009

  • This month our grape story is about Sauvignon Blanc because at that time we imported wines from a supplier in Sancerre. More recently (2023/4) one of our current suppliers (Domaine de la Garreliere) in the Loire valley is producing a beautiful wine from this grape called Cendrillon.

Wine Talk 7 October 2009

  • This month we explained the Cabernet Franc grape variety which thrives in the Bourgueil region in the Loire Valley;
  • The label of a wine from Bourgueil is also explained.

Wine Talk 6 August 2009

  • A story about the Negrette grape variety that is grown by our producer in the Fiefs Vendéens appellation in the Western Loire region;
  • A detailed description of a wine label from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation.

Wine Talk 5 July 2009

  • We have a story about the 2009 Tour de france which climbed the Mont Ventoux which is very close to the house we bought in the Ventoux region;
  • We have written a story about the Mourvedre grape variety;
  • And yet another article explaining French wine labels.

Wine Talk 4 May 2009

  • Last month we wrote a review of a visit to Terroir in New York, this month we visit Terroir in London!
  • Our grape variety this month is Gamay which is very popular in Beaujolais and elsewhere.
  • We include another story about appellations in France.

Wine Talk 3 March 2009

  • In this newletter we included a story about the Terroir Wine Bar in New York which we had recently visited;
  • We included an article about the Clairette grape variety;
  • We also included an article giving a high level understanding of French wine labels.

Wine Talk 2 December 2008

  • For those of you who like the Gamay gape variety there is an article about the Beaujolais region entitled “We don’t have any Beaujolais”.
  • There is an article about the grape of the month, Carignan which is popular in the Languedoc region.

Wine Talk 1 November 2008

  • There is a short description of the Roussanne grape variety in this newsletter.

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