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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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    • Single vineyard Moscato dAsti from Gianni Doglia A real revelationhellip
      Single vineyard Moscato d’Asti from Gianni Doglia. A real revelation and reminder of how good the wine can be - fresh, fruity, clean, precise and low in alcohol (5%). You’ve got to like elderflower with this but served with an apple and rosemary mousse, and Calvados ice cream it was a great end to a big meal.
    • New vintage of Larry Cherubinos 100 Riesling from Frankland Riverhellip
      New vintage of Larry Cherubino’s 100% Riesling from Frankland River. Floral, lime peel aromatics, grapefruit and guava on the palate, but quite a restrained use of fruit which I liked. Has savoury and white pepper notes which worked well with food pairing (prawn cocktail); focused acidity and a nice dry finish.
    • One of three single vineyard Grners made by this Emmerichhellip
      One of three single vineyard Grüners made by this Emmerich Knoll-inspired American making Austrian/ German Wines in Santa Barbera. Beautifully balanced, with citrus, stone fruit and vegetal notes, and a delicious slightly saline minerality running through it. Drink now or keep.
    • Nice to get a chance to taste this modestlypriced Nebbiolohellip
      Nice to get a chance to taste this modestly-priced Nebbiolo with age. From Alto Piemonte, the region north of Barolo that used to be more revered in the 19th century but never recovered from phylloxera, the frost of 1904 and two world wars. When young the formidable tannins and acidity of this wine can make it too assertive, but 15 years on there is more balance in the wine - brick red, complex nose, herbs, balsamic, initially smooth on the front palate giving way to a dry finish. Complex and quite delicious.
    • I bought this at the winery two years ago andhellip
      I bought this at the winery two years ago and you can still buy direct for €15 a bottle - outrageous value for this level of quality. Medium bodied Pinot: nose of black fruit, forest; on the palate it is an element of whole bunch that gives the wine great structure and a pleasant green note. Simply delicious and evidence if you need it of the quality and value there is in Germany.
    • Claiming to be the only winery in Chile that ishellip
      Claiming to be the only winery in Chile that is blending Pais with Moscatel. Very light rose colour, lively complex nose of dried herbs, sweet strawberries. Palate is very soft and rounded with more texture and fine-grained tannins in the mid-palate. The ‘wild’ nature of Pais is softened and lifted by the Moscatel.