No business has done more to inspire, promote and educate the UK consumer about Argentine food and wine than the steak chain, Gaucho. Driving its wine story from the beginning has been Phil Crozier, who is now as much an influential figure amongst the winemakers in Argentina as he is in the UK. Here he shares what still inspires and excites him about wines from Argentina.
Size does not mean quantity takes precedence over quality, as Justin Keay discovers at the Matthew Clark 2016 Autumn Release Tasting, in which his prejudices are overturned in favour of a new list that contains many fine wines and plenty of good value, interesting additions. It is time to be bolder with smaller producers, says Matthew Clark’s Simon Jerome.
Stephen Vey tastes the range of wines made at the Frescobaldi estate Tenuta di Castiglioni, including a range of Super Tuscan reds that features the iconic Giramonte, and muses over the fuss that the Super Tuscans created when they first appeared.
It’s got more people, it’s got more bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels, so it only stands for reason that London should be ahead of the rest of the country in driving premium on-trade trends. But how and in what way? Helen Arnold delves in to Liberty Wines’ and CGA’s latest on-trade report to assess what it is that really makes London tick.
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.
When it comes to the numbers then France is still by far the most important category in the UK on-trade. But how is it doing in different channels of the sector? The Buyer teamed up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu to assess how different types of operator, including high end restaurants, independent wine merchants and national wholesalers are working the French category.
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.