As long as I have been working with wines I´ve always dreamed of going to such a big and crazy wine exhibitions like London Wine Fair etc. It surprised me when I realised that there´s 2 fair´s in `one week´ starting with a weekend and finishing next weeks Wednesdey. Let me just briefly say few words about Raw Fair. This independent wine fair was organised by Isabelle Legeron MW. It was a exquisite opportunity to meet and greet over 150 natural organic/biodynamic growers-artisans from all over the world. Emotions were way too high and I could feel everlasting moment of satisfaction of meeting producers I have admired for many years.
It has been few years now since I last tasted it. For me it is one of the best Cava´s on earth – the Recaredo. Tried new vintages and still loving it. In my opinion it is truly the collectors item at the moment. We are talking about 2 ha terroir based Xarel-lo which has unique micro climate + metodo champenoise.
As I moved to London it gave me enormous opportunity to discover new wines. One on my latest discoveries which went straight to my favourite list is Azienda Agricola Serragghia. What a tremendous and quirky producer. One of my favourites is Zibibbo. At the Raw Fair I was utmost pleased to meet the man himself – Gabrio Bini. The producer is located in a dreamy island of Pantelleria. http://www.serragghia.it/
As I continued to walk further I had to stop quit quickly because I just couldn´t walk without stopping by and meeting Don Chisciotte. Another brilliant and unique natural wine producer in the area of Alta Irpinia, near Calitri. From 1990, it was amongst the first farms in southern Italy which were converted to organic faming. They produce one of a kind Fiano variety wine which is certified organic. Don Chisciotte is 100% Fiano – 2 ha of vines, altitude 800 m, poor soil and a on harsh winds and extreme temperature changes. I had a chance to meet Nerina Zampaglione and her daughter. What a lovely warm people!! http://www.ildonchisciotte.net/
In our wine list at Murano there is one orange wine which I really like – Radikon. We have Radikon´s Pinot Grigio 2010. Amazing juicy-grape-ish wine. A wine which is not white coloured nor possess red ch. So when I ran into Radikon I just had to taste all of his cosmic wines.
Radikon is a crazy hell producer from North-Italy – Venezia-Giulia region, Oslavia. Run by Stanislav Radikon, his wife Suzana and son Saša. The wine itself is uncompromisingly natural! http://www.radikon.it/azienda
As I walked around I saw many old and new producers I know and lot of happy people sniffin-tasting natural wines. I felt happiness and gratitude.. Even met a good friend of mine from my home country Estonia – Ivo Luik. I have known since for many year now. Only person I know who is seriously into discovering some interesting bordeline natural / biodynamic wines. Always searching for something new. Big respect!
Some intresting people I saw..
One of the greates things was a chance to meet Peter Hahn. A man responsible of utterly the most fantastic Vouvray for my taste. http://www.lameslerie.com/
When I first tasted Clos de la Meslier I just couldn´ believe it. It had everything my senses and taste palate find appealing and therefore in my opinion priceless. I experienced at my work 2009 vintage on several occasions. I must admit the depth, lingering ripeness on the palate and amazing well integrated acidity makes it one of my favourites, top 3 denititely! At Raw Fair I had a chance to try younger vintages such as 2011, 2012.. The more younger it went, more time it needed. Younger vintages were too raw, but I could feel the great potensiality in them. Truly a collectors item. I will seek a opportunity and buy at least a case for the future. Big heart!
Thank you Isabelle Legeron for all of the magical work. Even now more and more I see and appreciate the true wines our ancestors drink.