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    Closures Debate: what do you want to put in a bottle of wine?

    Outside of the natural wine debate is there a more contentious issue than the one that surrounds the type of closure you have in your bottle of wine? To assess what leading on-trade buyers and sommeliers now think about closures we teamed up with Vinventions, one of the biggest suppliers of all types of closure from cork to screwcap, to make the issue of closures the latest topic in our Buyer Debate series.

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    The Buyer’s Case with Cave de Vignerons de Saint-Chinian wines

    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.


    The French debate: putting France under the spotlight with Foncalieu

    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.

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    New Zealand Debate: the opportunities and challenges

    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

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    The Buyer’s Case with Les Vignerons Foncalieu

    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.

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    Virginia Wine Project: bringing producers and buyers together

    The Buyer teamed up with Virginia Wine and some of its key producers to help them better understand the needs of the UK premium on-trade and how buyers might relate to their wines with both a business roundtable debate with key players and a study tour of leading London restaurants, wine bars and merchants to see the kind of offers they have and where their wines might fit in.



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    • We love this Vermouth brand Unique blend of extracts tonkahellip
      We love this Vermouth brand. Unique blend of extracts (tonka bean, wormwood etc) has notes of liquorice, burnt caramel, rose, with a lovely undercurrent of spirit from German fruit liquor moguls Schladerer. Deep, intense and exciting. Serve neat or in Negroni, or with tonic and orange slice.
    • New Organic Verdejo from Marques de Riscal Fresh easy drinkinghellip
      New Organic Verdejo from Marques de Riscal. Fresh, easy drinking, good with or without food, notes of flowers, citrus and fennel. Light bodied, lots of flavour, good texture and sprightly finish. Nice - and loving that label.
    • Hugely enjoyable crisp 2012 Syrah from the Sonoma Coast veryhellip
      Hugely enjoyable crisp 2012 Syrah from the Sonoma Coast, very light ruby, white pepper, spice on the nose. Medium bodied, textured, with slightly drying tannins. Has evolved more body but best kept for at least another year. It will be worth it.
    • Interesting that the producer lists this as a Sauvignon Blanchellip
      Interesting that the producer lists this as a Sauvignon Blanc varietal rather than a Bordeaux Blanc even though it has 20% Semillon in. It is a quality everyday wine, that has refreshing fruit flavours - grapefruit, lemon - grassy aromas and a delightful texture.
    • Drinking so well now but with maybe six years aheadhellip
      Drinking so well now but with maybe six years ahead of it also. This is an elegant, well-balanced wine, a slightly reserved nose but a tasty mix of pepper, Indian spice, bacon, liquorice and a hint of coffee on the palate. Lovely acidity and purity. 20% comes from the prime La Vialliere vineyard. No Viognier in the mix.
    • Purple still but developing nicely  tight fine grainy tanninshellip
      Purple still, but developing nicely - tight, fine grainy tannins, blueberries and cranberries on the palate, mineral and stone pretty nose. Augurs well for at least a few more years.