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    Jackson Family debate on Californian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

    It’s nice talking about and throwing the spotlight on new wine regions and emerging styles of wine and little known grape varieties, but at these times of the year restaurant and bar customers are looking for the classics and the tried and tested. Which is why for our latest major debate we teamed up with Jackson Family Wines to look at what leading wine buyers, sommeliers, distributors and merchants think about Californian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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    Special Report: Sonoma County Vintners London Wine Bar Tour

    Organising a wine tasting where all your guests are sitting in one place can prove to be a challenge at times, so you can imagine the potential for things to wrong if you then invited those guests to go on a tour of restaurants and bars around London, tasting different wines, matched to each outlet’s food along the way. It certainly made for a very different, fun, highly informative and memorable day for wineries from Sonoma County Vintners and our panel of “tour-ists” willing to go on the adventure with us.

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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 Castelnau Wine Agencies

    Every wine as soon as it is made puts its self up for judgement. Be it the end consumer who wants to drink it with their dinner, or the trade buyers and wine critics looking to score, assess and adjudicate on whether it is suitable for listing in the first place. But nothing ventured, nothing gained and Castelnau Wine Agencies was happy to put its range of wines from producers all over the world up to the test in our latest Buyer’s Case project with leading on-trade buyers and influencers in the trade.

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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.

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    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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    • Showing very well against other wines from this top vintage
      Showing very well against other wines from this top vintage - best since 2002. Released 2 years after disgorgement, this feels settled and assured, nice signs of evolution but with promise of several decades ahead of it. After an inviting nose of peach, red apple, cherry blossom, nuts, fresh shortbread, the fine mousse hits your mouth with a softness that gives way like you were flopping into a puffed-up feather duvet. There are ripe lemon and apples on the palate, underscored by a crisp, precise acidity and freshness, a toastiness weaving in on the finish. Quite sublime.
    • Single vineyard Chardonnay from Cte dOr made by Domaine Borgeot
      Single vineyard Chardonnay from Côte d’Or made by Domaine Borgeot for Jeroboams. Textbook, easy drinking Bourgogne white - plenty of ripe orchard fruit (apples) broad, rich palate with enough acidity to hold it together making it good with or without food. Feels bigger than the 12.5% ABV but that’s possibly the ripeness of 2016 in Burgundy. Very drinkable. RRP £17.95 good for this quality.
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      From the pioneer of natural wine in Czech Republic, Richard Stávak, this is a 6-grape blend, all harvested and co-fermented, naturally fermented, long maceration, pressed, on the lees for a year and then placed in amphora before bottling. Cloudy, fresh, complex, river stone texture on finish. Delicious. Someone should pick this up for UK distribution.
    • 100 Syrah from Maison Ventenac Dark purple edges nose black
      100% Syrah from Maison Ventenac. Dark, purple edges; nose black cherries, tapenade; easy mouthfeel, rich fruit but elegant with it and great acidity/ balance, sandpaper tannins, lovely dry stone finish. Nice, wish I had another bottle as this will develop well over the next decade.
    • Wonderful Orange Gewrztraminer from Bulgaria So fresh with bags of
      Wonderful Orange Gewürztraminer from Bulgaria. So fresh with bags of evolved/ secondary citrus flavours - marmalade, tangerine skin. Has a dry stone finish and is clearly an Orange wine but difficult to find one so elegant and well made as this. Has had 8 months on the lees in neutral barrels, no added yeast, sulphites etc. One of the hits of yesterday’s  @cevi  tasting in London.