Any wine list worth its salt needs to have a good representation from New Zealand such is the UK consumer’s appetite for its wines. But it may not be as easy for buyers to get their hands on the wines they want as the rest of the world catches up with what New Zealand has to offer. David Babich of Babich Wines explains how the country’s wine producers are having to change their ways to keep up with global demand.
On a recent trip to California, blogger and wine importer Mike Turner got an insight into how the Green State has become one of the leading exponents of, what it calls, Sustainable Winegrowing. It is like Organic viticulture but it has other facets such as corporate social responsibility and renewable energy woven into the programme. Mike also learned how Barn Owl posts can reap a massive return on investment and then there was the case of Pierre the randy ram…..
Steven Spurrier and his famous Judgement of Paris certainly helped put Californian wines on the world map. But some 40 plus years later it is the work of James Hocking and the exclusively Californian wine merchants, The Vineyard Cellars, along with other Californian specialists, that ensures the modern California is being celebrated and promoted every day of the week. We caught up with Hocking to find out more about his love affair with Californian wine.
Christina Rasmussen caught up with Dermot Sugrue, the English sparkling winemaker who is, arguably, one of the most influential figures in English wine. Aside from being the winemaker of Wiston Estate Winery and Sugrue Pierre, Dermot also makes wine for many other domaines including Jenkyn Place and was the head winemaker at Nyetimber. Before a tasting of the latest vintages with full tasting notes, Dermot provides an insight into his techniques and philosophy. All of the photos were taken by Christina.
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.