Dégustation du Passeur de Vin - Genève.

Wine tasting du Passeur de Vin – Geneva – November 18th.

For the past 20 years, in Geneva🇨🇭, Emmanuel Heydens and his passionate team have been doing an amazing job promoting natural wine in Switzerland. This year, La Dégustation du Passeur tasting is an event worthy of the history of their wine shops (3 in total in Geneva, Lausanne, and Geneva Eaux-Vives). As usual, the list of winemakers attending is magnificent, hailing from Switzerland and across Europe, and all sharing incredible talent.

Here is what you can look forward to:

  • SWITZERLAND: Jordi RENARD, Patrick ADANK, Valentina ANDREI, Château l’évèque, Noé CHRISTINAT, O FAYA FARM. ALSACE: Léo DIRRINGER. CHAMPAGNE: Guillaume SERGENT, Romain HENIN, Antoine BOUVET.
  • HAUTE SAVOIE: Damien BASTIAN GODDARD, Domaine de Côtes Rousses. RHÔNE: Étienne SEIGNOVERT, Thierry ALLEMAND. AUVERGNE: Henri CHAUVET. BEAUJOLAIS: Camille LAPIERRE, Sebastien CONGRETEL.
  • JURA: Nicolas JACOB, Julien CRINQUAND. BOURGOGNE: Maison VALETTE, Sylvain PATAILLE, Antoine LIENHARDT, Antoine DENOGENT, Romain DEMOOR & Melissa BAZIN, Pierre FENALS, Ludovic BONNARDOT, Thierry MORTET, Chantal TORTOCHOT. LOIRE: Tessa LAROCHE.
  • LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLONS: DANJOU-BANESSY, PRIORESS SAINT JEAN DE BEBIAN.
  • ITALY: Emidio PEPE, Franco MANDREDI.
  • SAKE: Madame Saké BRASSERIES: Brasserie du Salève

Where? At Passeur de Vin Acacias in Geneva (Rue Eugène-Marziano 25 1227 Geneva). When? Friday 18th of November.

Price? Only 30 francs for a guaranteed outstanding experience.

If you are around? This is the tasting for you, highly recommended by Raisin!

La Dispensa San Felice vin naturel

La Dispensa – San Felice del Benaco

In the heart of the idyllic, Italian village of San Felice del Benaco, on Lake Garda, you’ll find La Dispensa a hidden gem serving mouth watering food, and over 1000 natural wines. 

Described as a mix between a Parisian bistro and an Italian osteria, La Dispensa is run by Michele Bontempi @michibontempi, a tireless traveler, passionate about gastronomic and oenological excellence, travelling Italy and the world over in search of new artisan producers and the best quality products. 

He began his quest over 22 years ago, when he helped create La Dispensa with his father Roberto. The result: stunning, seasonal products, produced by specifically selected local artisans, dry aged meat that is matured in the cellar from pasture farms, and fish caught in the seas of the Italian peninsula. 

To respect and highlight these magnificent products, Michele has even invested in a Josper oven, which allows him to cook on the embers of the Garda olive trees.

Michele’s passion and attention to detail doesn’t stop at the food, quite the contrary, and this is where Michele will surprise you the most with a breathtaking selection of over 1,000 wines, 100% artisanal and largely natural, from Italy, France and around the world. Amongst many greats you’ll find the whole range of Marc Soyard from @domainedelacras, the superb orange wines of @Nikolas_Juretic or the natural bubbles of @Nicola_Gatta. There are no large estates served here, only small productions from winemakers, who produce wines without chemical or oenological input and without winemaking auxiliaries. In short, wines made just the way we like them.

Discover La Dispensa and over 6 000 other natural wine establishments on the Raisin app now.

 

La Dispensa San Felice natural wine

La Dispensa San Felice vin naturel

La Dispensa San Felice vin naturel

La Dispensa San Felice vin naturel

 

Enstase, a new wine & dine cellar in Beaune

Enstase? What’s that? Inspired by a quote from Bruno Quenioux’s book: “Wine is not drunk like alcohol. For those who know how to welcome it, it transports you towards something within oneself, something deep. It is an enstase…”.

More importantly, however, it is a wine bar opened by Claire Leflaive and Pierre-Olivier Soares last summer in Beaune, with an original concept.

Claire, who is highly passionate about the psychology of wine, the taste and olfactory emotions of childhood, (she even created an online personality test), wants to hear us talk about wines, our personality, our favorite color or even a smell from our childhood that makes us vibrate. They then take care of finding the beverage that suits you. Be careful though, they like to surprise!

The cellar is magnificent, entirely built from natural materials. On the drinks menu, there’s a great natural wine selection with gems, weirdos, fine and emblematic wines, original and classically well-made ciders, surprising and fun beers, kefirs, kombuchas, artisanal and low-sweetened fruit juices from from all over France and from the rest of the world. “We are committed to visiting everyone we stock, we know each winemaker, their wines, their personality and sometimes their resistance to alcohol (although to us wine is not an alcohol but a drink to be shared)”.

Today, Enstase la Cave à manger opens in Beaune, Burgundy. Two evenings a week (Thursdays and Fridays), a secret passage through a piece of furniture opens and TA-DA, a kitchen appears with Pierre-Olivier behind the stove! Dishes to share are made from noble and elaborate regional products, street food (bao, gua bao) desserts… All served on colorful dishes on a communal table or if you prefer at the suspended bar, the choice is yours!

Discover Enstase now on Raisin and let us if you’ve been won over!

  

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles – Berlin

If you’re in, or visiting Berlin, be sure to stop by 8greenbottles! An exceptional shop showcasing the newest generation of German natural winemakers, as well as other staples and rising stars from around Europe.

8greenbottles was started by Ramona and Philipp back in 2018. They first fell in love with natural wine because of it’s taste, unique labels and the openness of the community. To them natural wine is the essence of what wine is: it’s wine stripped down to its core. Which is a beautiful thought.

Ramona and Philipp always felt like the conventional wine industry was an intimidating place, where connaisseurs often looked down on people asking questions. Their idea was to make a safe space, where everyone was welcome to come, and no one should feel ashamed to ask for advice. In their own words ‘We try to create a welcoming and accessible context for our wines, so that hopefully more people can enjoy them and learn about them!’

Since they began, they have opened two shops in Berlin and their team has grown to include Anne, Jess, Anna, Léa, Melis and Kostia. 🙌

Find both 8greenbottles stores on Raisin now! You won’t regret visiting them 🍇

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Harvesting at Domaine Dandelion

Last weekend we were lucky enough to spend some time in Burgundy, more precisely in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune where the beautiful village of Mavilly-Mandelot is located.

For the 2022 harvest season, we went to lend a hand to Morgane Seuillot and Christian Knott at Domaine Dandelion. Pinot Noir, Aligoté, beautiful, healthy grapes and weather to match.

A picture is worth a thousand words and so we’ll let you appreciate this picturesque place and experience for yourself. The sky, the vineyard, and the joy, it was a real privilege to spend this moment in their company.

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel