We’re very excited to be having our friends, former Ten Green Bottles employees, and now fully-fledged winemakers, Nick Jones and Leah de Felice Renton, here tomorrow from 1pm showing off their first wine, ‘Fuse’ from the Cotes Catalane.
They are doing something really groundbreaking - making a completely different wine in a completely different place each year, and documenting the entire process, including the ingredients, on their blog.
So pop along tomorrow from 1pm to 3ish, taste the wine and have a chat with the winemakers.
I’ve posted their press release below…
HERE TODAY. WHERE TOMORROW?
‘WINES OF MOMENTARY DESTINATION’, A POP-UP WINEMAKING COLLECTIVE TAKES TO THE WING.
In the summer of 2012, Birds&Bats Productions launched a pop-up winemaking collective called Wines of Momentary Destination. Young Viticulture & Oenology degree graduates from England, headed up by Leah de Felice Renton aka ‘Birds’ and Nick ‘Bats’ Jones, formed the collective from an idea sparked on a roof terrace in France.
As bold as their abbreviated name, ‘W.M.D.’ fly in the face of traditional winemaking by never settling down. On their website they pledge to produce one wine, from one place, from one year.
The plan is to produce a series of one off wines that will be different in variety, region and style. New exciting wines will be produced each year, which will be completely different from the last.
W.M.D. advocate transparency in winemaking and all additives and recipes appear on their website for everyone to read. Fiona Beckett, weekly wine writer at the Guardian, praised this approach saying,’ Leah and Nick pledge on their website to include ‘every last detail of what is contained in the bottle’. I wish more winemakers would do the same.’
This year, the collective has released ‘fuse’, a straight Syrah labeled under the Cotes Catalan IGP. The grapes were selected from a sustainably farmed parcel and were picked, processed, packaged and imported by the collective.
Being bottled and released within 3 months of its inception, the wine seems to be a nod to Beaujolais Nouveau, yet with far greater body, complexity and structure. Only 777 bottles have been produced and can be purchased directly from birdsandbats.co.uk. The wine will be stocked primarily at The Stamford Wine Company, Lincolnshire with other UK independent wine shops and restaurants in the pipeline.
If you would like more information about W.M.D., or to schedule an interview, please call Leah 07794451562, Nick 07794451429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.