November 2022


Well the Phare ô Vins worked out well – report coming soon.    On the 17-19th November we are involved with a bunch of partners in hosting an event around natural wine, with food, conferences and music. Around 50 winemakers will be presenting their cuvées during the three day salon. As Strasbourg is one of the key natural wine hubs in France, its about time an annual salon becomes a fixture on the calendar and this event is the prototype for that. The Phare Citadel site is where the event will take place. A post industrial complex of buildings situated in the Port du Rhin neighbourhood, sitting right along the water and almost bang on the French German border. The organising committee includes members from the Phare Citadel Co-operative, Marcus Restaurant, the Au Fil du Vin Libre retail wine shop, Pierre Berthier and our good selves. The lineup of winemakers and the timing for the tastings  is displayed below for each day. After the close of the tasting part of the wine fair, the bar, bistronomic food, music and a general open party atmosphere will be going on.                

Salon Brut(es) edition number four took place on the 5th and 6th of November, at the MOTOCO complex in Mulhouse. Super well organised  in such an excellent setting and atmospheric with late Autumn vibes. Details around the Brut(es) project on the most excellent Brut(es) web site    here We tasted quite a range of wines from around France and Germany, but with the nature of our interest, we did spend some time at the Alsace contingents tables. Fourteen Alsace domains attended the Brut(es) salon, plus a cider maker and also Michelle Ramponi with her exquisite grape seed oils. A great group of people making a difference in Alsace with their attitude in the vineyards and in the cellars. We could write a book about the 14 wine domains in how they provide a view of the range of natural winemakers working in Alsace. First photo L-R top row. Claudine Dreyer from the Jean-Marc Dreyer domain, Louise Meyer from the Meyer family at Julien Meyer, Léo Dirringer from Ruhlmann Dirringer, Émilien Revers from Raisin Sauvage. Julien Albertus from Kumpf & Meyer, Vincent Larcelet from Petit Bouchon, Regis Bard (away for lunch), Christophe Lindenlaub.

  L-R top row. David Spenlihauer from Ciders René-Sens, Elsa from Muller Koeberlé, Vanessa Letort from  Du Vins aux Liens, Sarah and Jean Fallay from Les Enfants Terribles. Michelle Ramponi from Miralla, Clément Goepp, Anais Fanti, Jeanne Gaston-Breton from La Ferme des 9 Chemins.

July 2022

   Meanwhile there is stuff going on………. Summer Fascht 4, organised by the Association des Vins Libres d’Alsace is set for the 10th and 11th of July. See the poster below for the details. The Salon des Vins Libres edition 8 is all set for the weekend after, the 15th and 16th of July. Again, see  below for details. Around the VINS LIBRES wine fairs there is a bunch of independent events organised, loosely linked to the attitude of a week of VINS LIBRES. Check our Instagram feed for details.

Three shades of red from Lucas Rieffel – captured by Mona Neilson – website here