Isn’t it time that Bordeaux changed the way it shows wines at en primeur week? Mike Turner, wine blogger and importer of Bordeaux wines, argues that the whole point of the system has been lost. He also visits Primeurs Panorama which is a tasting of the vintage exactly one year after en primeur week, and argues that it makes a lot more sense to look at 2015 now rather than 2016.
Next week sees a landmark tasting that hopes to re-introduce premium on-trade buyers and sommeliers to one of Italy’s key wine regions, Soave. The tasting will give the trade the chance to see for themselves the developments being made in the vineyards and the new styles of Soave that are now available. Sarah Abbott MW, who will be presenting masterclasses at the tasting, explains why she thinks its time for us all to rediscover this classic part of Italy.
Black-country-based Langley Distillery is one of the country’s largest independent gin producers and one of the last remaining family-owned distilleries. Dating back to 1805, it has not only produced its own gin for all these years, but has built up partnerships with third party distillers and gin brands and now produces gin on a contract basis for over 100 brands demonstrating the UK’s continued love affair with gin.
Vinita Italia, ‘a full-service wine network’ launched this month with a London tasting, a masterclass on Italian fizz and a promise that on-trade buyers could benefit from prices that were 15-20% off current rates, by dealing with Vinita directly. Sparkling Arneis and a range of Lambruscos ‘for experts’ were some of the highlights of the tasting. We pick out the highlights.
The Buyer has been set up to help drinks producers and leading on-trade buyers better understand their needs and where possible work closer together. This is best demonstrated by The Buyer’s Case initiative where we link up with a wine producer or importer and ask leading buyers to taste, assess and offer professional feedback on their wines. Here we turn to the Languedoc-Roussillon and present wines from leading producer, Cave de Vignerons de Saint-Chinian to leading on-trade decision makers.
France might be the best selling country in the UK on-trade, but that does not mean it could not sell. To help better understand the opportunities and challenges facing French wine in the premium on-trade, The Buyer linked up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu and leading buyers from the different types of operator, including high end restaurants, independent wine merchants and national wholesalers all working the French category in the north west of the country.
New Zealand’s enormous success in the UK off-trade, where its Sauvignon Blanc has created a category of its own, has not always been reflected in how many of its wines are on premium on-trade wine lists. The Buyer teamed up with Villa Maria, and its UK partners, Hatch Mansfield, to ask a panel of leading UK buyers to set out the challenges and opportunities for New Zealand in the premium on-trade
The Buyer’s Case is a new initiative that gives producers the chance to show specific drinks to key buyers in target channels of the on-trade. For our first Buyer’s Case we teamed up with Les Vignerons Foncalieu and selected key buyers in its main distribution areas in the UK on-trade to show their wines. Here are the results.