Chêne Bleu is a winery that is always coming up with surprises and new ideas. Its ‘Super Rhône’ status is well deserved. Geoffrey Dean explains how owner Nicole Rolet has teamed up with Thibault Pontallier to create a very special rosé as part of his Pont des Arts series of wines. It is already gaining cult status. Here’s how.
Biodynamic, organic, sustainable and natural are categories that are much talked about in the wine trade. But do you know exactly what each mean? And could you explain them to your customers? In this guide, we help you to ‘know your onions’.
A major player in the ‘Ginaissance’, Portobello Road Gin has grown from being created on a whim to opening a brand new four-storey modern day ‘gin palace’ that sees it bringing production in-house for the first time. Tom Coates brand director explains the thinking behind this bold move and the part that premium on-trade has played in the success of the brand.
Iconic Australian winemaker Larry Cherubino has just won Halliday’s Best Value Winery award. The Buyer asked him if there was a secret formula for making good value wines, what he thinks wine buyers regard as good value, and what other producers need to do in order to make their wines better value.
The Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 2012-15 tasting held in Church House, Westminster, London was an opportunity to assess the development of the 2012, 2013, 2014 vintages from 14 classified estates, alongside the newly bottled 2015.
Australian Chardonnay was the star performer at two key trade events last month. An Eileen Hardy 30 years vintage tasting and Roger and Sue Jones’ Mamba event at The Harrow. Both demonstrated why Australian Chardonnay is now amongst the very best in the world.
To see how the ‘other half’ lives we sent Neil Hennessy-Vass to the press launch of Johnnie Walker’s Christmas gift campaign – a cocktail party at the Queen’s jeweller, Asprey no less – for a gift set that retails at (ahem) a mere £2,750.
6 reds from Puglia – showing well and offering terrific value for the premium on-trade The wines that were showing really well at the 18th Definitive Italian Wine Tasting, the wines that provided the best value for money, and were most memorable were the white wines from the three areas that form the Tre Venezie region, Alto Adige, […]