My name is Wink Lorch and I created this blog in April 2012 in order to gather together in one place as much information as possible, mainly in English, about the Jura wine region. This helped me to gather my thoughts and information to write the very first book in English on Jura wines, local food and travel in the wine region. I hope you will find this blog useful too.
Blog posts include news pieces; links to print or other articles I have published; forthcoming Jura wine events both in the region itself and anywhere else in the world, plus reports on any of these events I attend; reports on visits to producers; and general opinion and comment. I publish sporadically – sometimes several times a month, sometimes, when my work focus is on other things I may have to miss a month. Recent blog posts are listed on the side; archives are shown at the bottom. Please do subscribe by email or RSS (see links on right) to keep abreast of my posts.
Pages amalgamate information on wine tourism, food, specialist importers and retailers around the world who stock a good range of Jura wines, and a summary of interesting articles/posts that have been published on Jura wines. Please click on the appropriate tabs and menus to find these, and once they are up, feel free to contact me if you have useful additions to make.
Links are restricted to wine producers in the Jura, general Jura wine, food and travel information sites, other blogs with a Jura focus and my own personal links. If you think I’m missing any important links, feel free to suggest them to me.
My connection with the Jura:
I have been writing about Jura wines for over 12 years, and about wine in general for over 25 years. The first piece I wrote on the Jura was a chapter on Jura and Savoie for the Global Encyclopaedia of Wine edited by Peter Forrestal in Australia in 2001, but it was really Tom Stevenson who encouraged me to delve deeper into the region by asking me to be the contributor on Jura and Savoie for his revolutionary annual guide, Wine Report, which was published from 2003 to 2009 inclusive. Back chapters of Wine Report can be read here as PDFs. During this time, I started to visit the Jura regularly and visited over 40 producers. Since then I’ve kept up to date, attending tastings and events in the region whenever I can and visiting producers too. Here are links to a few of my other published articles available on-line:
- Intro article on Wine-Pages written 2007
- In depth piece for Sommelier Journal written in 2008
- Decanter Piece on the Percée du Vin Jaune written in 2008
- Updates on Wine Travel Media (my own blog) in 2011
- Pre-revolutionary Vin Jaune and the Dawn of a New Renaissance in World of Fine Wine 2012
- Article on Jura exports in Meininger’s Wine Business International 2012
- Piece on Marquis d’Angerville’s acquisition in Jura for JancisRobinson.com 2012
- Why the Big Apple loves the Jura in The Drinks Business 2013
For books I wrote the chapter on Jura and Savoie for Opus Vino and for 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die, and have also updated the Jura entries in Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine, the annual Oz Clarke’s Pocket Book and The World Atlas of Wine.
“Just wanted to thank you, Wink, for all the invaluable help you have given with our forthcoming massive book about grape varieties (Sept 2012). We are very lucky to have you as an informant – and I hope Jura and Savoie truly appreciate all you do for them too!” Jancis Robinson, August 2011.
Jura Wine Tours
I led 30 people from Phyllis Court Wine Club in England on a wine tour of Jura in 2006, and am available to design tours for small private groups. Contact me to discuss.