The world of wine would be full a lot more millionaires if they had been able to predict 10 to 15 years ago that the we would all now be drinking Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. But, as we know, what becomes literally flavour of the month is anything but hard to predict. Richard Siddle looks at the demands that places on producers and buyers to ensure they are on the right side of future drinking trends.
Victor Smart travels to Portugal to discover what the key players in the cork industry are doing to try and ensure that their corks are 100% taint-free. A professor at Amorim believes that they have the most common taint, TCA, licked while the President of the Portuguese Cork Association believes that the booming Chinese market may indirectly swing preferences in screw cap-friendly markets back to cork.
South Africa’s reputation as a source for quality, consistent, affordable premium wines increases by the year. To date it has been the go to country for Chenin Blanc, for New World Rhone and Bordeaux blends, Cinsault and for off-beat and different from Swartland. Now Su Birch believes Cabernet Franc is about to enjoy its most in the winemaking spotlight.
Mike Turner packs his castanets and visits Juvé y Camps in the Espiells region of Penedes and comes back raving about the premium Cava he tasted there. He argues that the current popularity of still Xarel.lo is one reason why premium Cava could be making a comeback on the right lists.
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.
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.
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.