Not Drinking Poison

Aaron Ayscough
Natural wine culture, by Aaron Ayscough. Reporting from Paris since 2010.
Created 23 Oct 2020
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  • Ten Natural Wine Fascinations of 2021
    30 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Not these actual bottles. This is the handsome workspace of Rosforth & Rosforth in Copenhagen. When writing about wine, I try not to dwell on particular cuvées or, especially, specific vintages of par...
  • A Holiday Gift from Not Drinking Poison
    22 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Jade made Spoonie a hat last Christmas. I was otherwise occupied back in November and completely forgot to mark the occasion of this newsletter’s first year on Substack1. Despite continuing COVID fear...
  • The Art of Aurelien Lefort
    22 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Aurelien Lefort, center, with friends at his exhibition opening at Galerie Les Temps Donnés on Dec. 16th. Writing recently about the extra-curricular furniture design work of Austrian estate Gut Oggau...
  • Overnoy on HBO
    20 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    The dinner party scene in Episode 2 of Season 2 of HBO’s How To With John Wilson. Subversion and discursiveness are hallmarks of documentarian John Wilson’s work, now in its second season on HBO as th...
  • Issue 5.5: Volcanic Occitanie
    13 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Vin de Caux promotion outside the village. Beside the Languedoc village of Caux is the ancient volcane des Baumes. It's the southernmost manifestation of France’s famed chaîne des Puys, a forty-kilome...
  • More Paysan Than Vigneron: Fontedicto
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Bernard Bellahsen in his hay shed, September 2021. The kindly, militant uncle of Languedoc natural wine, Bernard Bellahsen is a figure of singular influence in natural viticulture, having pioneered or...
  • A Grand Cru of the Hérault
    13 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Joe Jefferies in the basalt / limestone scree parcel that yields his “Pierre de Sisyphe” blanc. March 2021. Originally from Warwickshire, Joe Jefferies moved to the Languedoc in 2003. There he met his...
  • Carignan and Patience: Le Temps Fait Tout
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    The winery at Mas Costefere. March 2021. Half salt-of-the-earth paysan, half questing vinification tinkerer, Adissan vigneron Rémi Poujol explains his succinct wine range thusly: “I didn’t want to mak...
  • Les 10 Vins Cochons 2021
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    The display overlooking the dining area at Les 10 Vins Cochons 2021. Held in early December at diverse sites in the Auvergne mountains since 2003, the seminal Auvergne natural wine salon Les 10 Vins C...
  • The Prettiest Gin in the Languedoc
    13 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Languedoc vigneron Grégory White, right, showing his gin to Auvergne vigneron-négociant Patrick Bouju. Grégory White is a former Parisian sports journalist, who did studies in Beaune before installing...
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