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March 20 2019

    Covid Hub Part 2: All Together CEO scheme; & industry response updates

    The situation surrounding the impact and spread of Covid-19 in the UK and around the world is changing so fast The Buyer has set up this rolling updates service to keep you abreast of the latest official guidelines and recommendations from the government, but also the individual steps that businesses are taking to keep trading and help their customers do the same. This is Part Two of our Covid-19 blog that starts on April 8 with latest insights, stats, and drinks trade reaction.

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    People People: Supplier
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    Robin Copestick: its a time to be creative, proactive & on the front foot

    We don’t need Charles Dickens to tell us we are all living through the “worst of times” but equally we can only do what is possible in our own personal and business lives to make the most of this extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in. It’s an approach, that typically, Robin Copestick is taking as he and the rest of the Freixenet Copestick team are taking to use this moment to get on the front foot, be creative, act differently and actually turn what we can into the “best of times” when it comes to new product development, ideas and team building.

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    Tasting: Wine
    Pedro Parra

    Why Chile’s Pedro Parra is the winemaker version of Indiana Jones

    When you visit Pedro Parra at his disheveled winery in the South Chilean region of Itata, do not be surprised to see him emerge from out of the ground with a pickaxe in his hand. And don’t be alarmed if you hear the Indiana Jones theme tune in your head. The oenologist dubbed ‘Dr Terroir’ has also been compared to Indy – for his helter skelter career, and his penchant for digging large grave-like holes to inspect the granitic soils his 100 year old-plus bush vines excel in. David Kermode takes up the story.

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    Opinion
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    Ross Sleet: we’ve all been rocked – it’s time to prepare for a different future

    It’s been just over two weeks since the formal lockdown in the UK to help stop the spread of Covid-19. In other countries it is a month or closer to two – like Italy. But it feels far longer such has been the dramatic change to all our lives. So much so that our old way of doing things, be it in business or socially with friends, is likely to have changed forever, says brand consultant Ross Sleet. He says we need to be thinking positively now about how we are going to run and change our businesses in the future in order to be not just relevant and profitable, but be a place where people actually want to work.

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    People People: Producer
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    Garage Wine’s Derek Mossman on building a brand on Instagram

    As countries all over the world go into lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, wine producers are having to turn to social media and online even more than normal in order to talk and tell their stories to their customers, both in the trade and their end consumers. It’s giving those winemakers who have already built up a strong social media profile a head start, like Derek Mossman of Garage Wine Company in Chile, who has more people following him on Instagram than the cases of wine he sells.

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    Insight
    Bordeaux Long Read

    Jane Anson: the ‘Inside’ track on Bordeaux and the En Primeurs

    With the cancellation of the En Primeur campaign and a recent cold snap that included snow, Bordeaux is having its fair share of issues right now, quite apart from the Covid-19 tragedy being played out across France. From her Lockdowned base, world Bordeaux expert Jane Anson speaks to The Buyer at length about the current climate as well as the scope of her new, eagerly-awaited book Inside Bordeaux which, clocking in at 700 pages with 60-plus maps, many of them gate-fold, is one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the region. What makes Bordeaux tick; the under-the-radar estates that sommeliers should make a beeline for … plenty of terrific insight in this revealing, in-depth interview.

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    Covid-19 Hub Part 1: Drinks trade reaction to crisis & UK lockdown

    The situation surrounding the impact and spread of Covid-19 in the UK and around the world is changing so fast The Buyer has set up this rolling updates service to keep you abreast of the latest official guidelines and recommendations from the government, but also the individual steps that businesses are taking to keep trading and help their customers do the same. This is Part One of our Covid-19 blog that records the events and trade reaction over the days in March leading up to the closing of all bars and restaurants and subsequent national lockdown in the UK

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    Opinion
    The Zoo Biscuits is a group of South Africa's most exciting alternative winemakers many of whom who also rely on buying and selling wines on the bulk and high volume market both for cash flow and to help access fruit to experiment with

    How experimental bulk wine can be the other secondary market

    Hands up who comes out in a cold sweat every time the phrase ‘bulk wine’ is mentioned, but immediately perks up when they hear about wines being made with basket presses and open top fermenters? Well, have we got news for you. The two worlds are actually intertwined with each other, particularly for those who know what they are doing, and where to get their hands on the sort of high volume, low priced grapes that they know are going to be ideal to help them embark on the kind of winemaking experiments they simply could not afford to do with their main, primary fruit. Winemaker Oliver Styles lifts the lid on bulk wine, but not as we know it – the other secondary market.

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    Tasting: Wine
    Alsace

    Spurrier, Palmer, Stevenson, Jones: the 12 best wines of Alsace

    If ProWein had gone ahead this year one of the many highlights would have been the presentation of the 12 most exceptional wines from Alsace as judged by an august group of experts, Steven Spurrier, Rebecca Palmer, Kelly Stevenson and our own roving editor in chief Roger Jones. 120 wines were tasted over the course of two days in Alsace, the focus being on Crémant, Gewurtztraminer and Riesling – the style and varieties which are currently the focus of the Alsace wine body’s marketing campaign for 2020. In this, the first of two parts, Jones sets up the tasting and reveals which 12 wines were unanimously judged to be Alsace’s finest.

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