All the entries for the 2022 UK Wine List of the Year Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, are in and as the judges sit down to go through them and work out who is going to go through to the final awards ceremony, we take a closer look at our partner for the Californian wine category and how Louis M. Martini, part of E&J Gallo Winery, is increasingly targeting the premium on-trade with its extensive portfolio of quality Californian wines.
Marc Kent was in ebullient mood yesterday as he launched his Boekenhoutskloof 2019 wines at private members club 67 Pall Mall. Sat next to Tim Atkin MW he took trade and press through five of the new wines, explaining in detail how each managed to see the light of day. 2019 was the vintage with rain, after three years of drought, and many winemakers in South Africa had forgotten how to deal with rain, said Kent. Atkin added that “2019 was the only vintage in 20 years that made him cry,” speaking about a winemaker who remains nameless.
Every day we make 100s of decisions that determine what we buy and spend our money on, yet rarely are we consciously aware of the decision we have just made. Welcome to the world of behavioural science and the study that helps decipher and strip back exactly what it is that has determined our spending behaviour. Intrigued by how it works? Want to find out more? Well, sign up for The Buyer’s and Sophie Jump’s first One Step Beyond free webinar of 2022, in partnership with the WSTA, and hear first hand from Richard Shotton, a behaviour science expert, in a keynote talk on the subject and how if applied correctly it could transform how drinks companies, brands, retailers and restaurants market themselves and communicate with their target customers. He will be joined by leading consumer business analyst, Nik Modi, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, who will analyse the key macro consumer trends that are also going to influence those buying decisions in the years to come.
While half of all ‘tastings in the flesh’ are being postponed at the moment, Liberty Wines has held two large-scale events within a week. Following its Burgundy tasting, last Tuesday was the turn of its complete portfolio tasting which was dominated by new agencies which it had picked up from FM&V plus a whole raft of new French wines which our man at the tasting, Roger Jones, was quite taken with. Highlighted wines include the second vintage of Crystallum ‘Ferrum’ Chardonnay, the Mullineaux’s excellent introductory label, Kloof Street, and many more from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
On the face of it, Ribera del Duero is a largely straightforward wine region known for making high quality, full bodied red wines. But dig below the surface and you will discover a highly diverse landscape made up of multiple soil types, contrasting altitudes and a myriad of different wine styles, that make it a complex wine region to get to grips with. To help unpick some of its mysteries The Buyer teamed up with the Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero to give a panel of leading buyers, wine merchants, importers and commentators the chance to discuss the region’s potential in the UK. It was also an opportunity to hear from Tim Atkin MW, who has fast become the UK’s leading independent critic on the region, and taste some of the wines from his recently unveiled Ribera Del Duero Top 100 2021/2022 Selection.
“Our aim is to represent the wines of Bourgogne as broadly as possible, lesser-known Village AOCs can often provide more accessible price points than their more famous near neighbours.” So says Simon Jones of family-run and owned Tanners Wine Merchants as he and Estelle Prunier of Auxey-Duresses-based Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille discuss this appellation that sits between Meursault and Volnay and how it has fared in the new 2020 and 2021 vintages. This is the latest Bourgogne Week interview that The Buyer and Bourgogne Wines are posting to highlight how different UK specialist Bourgogne wine importers work with their partners in Bourgogne, particularly for emerging and lesser-known appellations.
Masters of Wine and top sommeliers from Michelin star restaurants and some of the UK’s most leading restaurants, hotels and bars are all lined up to take part in the judging of the London Wine Competition 2022 as they share their expertise in determining which wines deserve the highest scores and prizes in this year’s awards. Here’s a guide to some of the big names taking part.
With so many digital, audio, video and social media platforms to share content on it can be hard to keep up. To help shine the light on what is happening in the Italian wine sector and how producers, brands and retailers can get closer to the trade and wine lovers Stevie Kim has set up Mamma Jumbo Shrimp as an all encompassing brand to both host and share her content about Italian wine.
After sampling the 2019 vintage this time last year with a tasting kit at home, it was good to try the new Chanson 2020 vintage in the flesh with the estate choosing Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge as this year’s venue. As always the tasting was dominated by wines made from the 45 hectares Chanson owns in and around Beaune, and it was a good opportunity to take a deep dive into the quality of the 16 1er cru sites (and two Grand Cru sites) it both owns and makes négoces wines from.
What do Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, ocean waste and flat bottle packaging have in common? They are all part of Australian innovation in the wine business that is helping guide the direction of future drinking trends. So argued Mike Bennie in Trailblazers, an online seminar that brought together John Wardley, US VP of marketing for Treasury’s 19 Crimes, Lucy Clements, operations director for Accolade’s Banrock Station and Richie Vandenberg, co-founder of The Hidden Sea.