Isn’t it time that Bordeaux changed the way it shows wines at en primeur week? Mike Turner, wine blogger and importer of Bordeaux wines, argues that the whole point of the system has been lost. He also visits Primeurs Panorama which is a tasting of the vintage exactly one year after en primeur week, and argues that it makes a lot more sense to look at 2015 now rather than 2016.
Next week sees a landmark tasting that hopes to re-introduce premium on-trade buyers and sommeliers to one of Italy’s key wine regions, Soave. The tasting will give the trade the chance to see for themselves the developments being made in the vineyards and the new styles of Soave that are now available. Sarah Abbott MW, who will be presenting masterclasses at the tasting, explains why she thinks its time for us all to rediscover this classic part of Italy.
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Black-country-based Langley Distillery is one of the country’s largest independent gin producers and one of the last remaining family-owned distilleries. Dating back to 1805, it has not only produced its own gin for all these years, but has built up partnerships with third party distillers and gin brands and now produces gin on a contract basis for over 100 brands demonstrating the UK’s continued love affair with gin.
Vinita Italia, ‘a full-service wine network’ launched this month with a London tasting, a masterclass on Italian fizz and a promise that on-trade buyers could benefit from prices that were 15-20% off current rates, by dealing with Vinita directly. Sparkling Arneis and a range of Lambruscos ‘for experts’ were some of the highlights of the tasting. We pick out the highlights.
Fed up trying to get your head round social media and the right approach for your business? Well the most important thing to do is not give up, but keep trying, listening, adapting and learning and find the approach the works best for your business. Here Ryan Fuller, of specialist agency, Occupidigital which works with a number of premium spirits brands, set out the key steps to take to make social media work for your business.
One of the highlights of the London portfolio tasting held by Davy’s in February was a fascinating masterclass from Raimond Prüm of S.A.Prüm, that looked into the effect of time on his premium Mosel Rieslings. As he prepares to hand over the reins of the winery to his daughter after 46 years in charge, he reflects on the heritage at the winery and shows off a range of wines that are all ageing gracefully.
Globe-trotting Michelin-starred chef, Roger Jones, leaves the ovens of his Wiltshire restaurant to experience the Moroccan cuisine – testing out a variety of white and red wine and seeing how well it matches with the food. The French legacy has shaped the Moroccan wine industry, into becoming the second largest in the Arabic world. With the likes of Alain Graillot and Bernard Magrez setting up shop, this will only increase.
When Conviviality took the surprise and shock move last May to add Bibendum PLB to a business that was still gestating the purchase of Matthew Clark in the autumn of 2015 there were many in the trade who doubted it could bring all sides of the equation together without major problems. Ten months on and we can now assess quite how it has gone about it with two of the key architects for how its wine portfolio is put together, Andrew Shaw and Simon Jerrome.
Mike McGinty of Edinburgh’s Voyage of Buck, was crowned the first ever Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner with a cocktail he invented called Bell of Jalisco. Here we talk to him about the growing importance of tequila as a category, what he looks for from suppliers, the importance of training and just how good it was gaining international recognition.