News that some of our national wine suppliers are increasing prices in the wake of the currency fall out since Brexit has reached the Financial Times no less this week. Former supermarket buyer, turned wine supplier and consultant Alistair Morrell, assesses whether it is right or wrong to be putting up prices so soon after the referendum vote.
Boutinot likes to keep itself to itself. But when encouraged to tell its story it demonstrates why it has built up such a loyal customer base across the country for some 33 years. The Buyer talks to Michael Moriarty and Nigel Wilkinson MS about how they see the UK on-trade and what opportunities and challenges there are for a national wine supplier.
When it comes to the numbers then France is still by far the most important category in the UK on-trade. But how is it doing in different channels of the sector? The Buyer teamed up with Les Vignerons Foncalieu to assess how different types of operator, including high end restaurants, independent wine merchants and national wholesalers are working the French category.
Even in its short life, M Restaurants has built a reputation for doings first…and differently. So it is no surprise it claims to be the first high end restaurant to turn to crowdfunding to help it in the next stage of its development. Here’s what it hopes to do with £1.5m of funding…
The Buyer picks out six wine producers from the New Frontiers autumn portfolio tasting that signify Red Squirrel Wine’s approach to wine buying – a consistent philosophy that challenges perceived notions of varietal, blend, country and style.
In this Sunday morning read, Peter Dean recounts an eventful breakfast of champions that greeted him at the Little Safari South African wine tasting event held last Sunday morning at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. A tasting report that contains no tasting notes, and a South African event that has more to do with the Welsh than it does the South Africans.
Known for many years as making big alcohol-heavy fruit bombs, the Languedoc Roussillon appelation of Fitou has changed its style in the past ten years to more refined, elegant wines with more velvety tannins and more of a lighter fruit focus. We tasted a dozen and pick out five particularly worthy of a place on the wine list.
South Africa is ‘too old for the New World and too young for the Old World’ and, as such, can make up its rules as it goes along. This verve in the winemaking is still alive and well and evident in a selection of Off Beat Whites and Red Blends sampled at the Intrepid Wines of South Africa tasting. The second part of a special South African wine focus.