The Morning Claret

A first glimpse into European wine blogs


Having made my plans to visit the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Franciacorta, Italy this October, I'm making a point to visit as many of my compatriots' wine blogs as I can before getting to meet them, many for the first time. Of course, it being the European Wine Bloggers conference, many of the sites I've visited are in languages other than English. So, while there is great content out there, sharing it with you all can be a bit of a challenge.

Needless to say, I had to read plenty of blogs before I settled in with, a lovely blog maintained by Simon Woolf in the U.K. The format is not unusual, extended anecdotal narratives aired with tasting notes to give a broad impression of a wine, or group of wine. But, what really drew me in to The Morning Claret was the choice of wines; that was unusual.
Yes, there's a touch of Bordeaux here, which in and of itself seems both painfully obvious as well as a hint unusual considering the rest of the lineup: Dry Ortega, Musar, Pinotage, and more recent posts about Slovenian and Istrian wines. Regardless, blogs like Simon's are a wonderful resource to have, introducing and educating people about wines that may be hard to find and fall outside one's comfort zone. That is truly what this blogosphere is all about. Shared experience and shared learning breaking down the barriers that have previously kept the wine world a domain for stuffy old men drinking their dusty old bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Take a look at and discover passionately presented wines that are changing and shaping palates the world over, one blog post at a time.

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  • Hi Gregory, thanks very much for your kind write-up! It just so happens that I was away on holiday when this was written, and had badly neglected my blog for about a month (shocking I know). Just to let everyone know, I'm now back and in the process of publishing a series of posts about recent wine adventures in Croatia (Dalmatia and the islands, specifically). The first two instalments are up, hope you find them interesting.



    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

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