Freshly retired from the commerce of wine Jasper Morris MW, one of the world’s top experts, if not the top expert on Burgundy, offers a fascinating insight into the unique vintage that is Burgundy 2016. With Burgundy Week having just finished in London, Morris sums up where he sees the strengths and weaknesses of the vintage lie as well as offering buying strategies for the trade and the wine collector.
Justin Keay paints a gloomy picture of the UK wine scene in 2018 – inflation, lack of stock, major changes in mainstream tastes – but sees a ray of light in some of the smaller specialist suppliers. He argues that Wines of Hungary and Southern Wine Roads, for example, point the way for wine diversity and how they can offer alternatives in the face of the wine drought. A firm focus on reliable, quality producers (often family run), appealing wines and unusual indigenous grapes have meant these suppliers can genuinely offer something different. And there are signs that both the trade and consumers are recognising this too.
With the smallest global wine harvest since the early 1960s there is going to be even more pressure on buyers, importers, distributors and retailers to be able to source wines in 2018. Which is arguably good timing for the first exhibition and conference dedicated to bulk wine to be held in the UK. Registration is now open for the inaugural European version of the International Bulk Wine & Sprits Show that will be opening its doors in London between February 26-27. Here’s what to expect.
For the last 20 years any charts plotting the movement of wine between different countries would have remained largely the same with a few of the New World countries giving the traditional European producers more of a run for their money. Fast forward 20, or even 10 years, and those charts will look very different to how they are today. Not just because more people in different countries want to drink alternative wines, but thanks to the increasing number of free trade agreements that are being signed between nations that are quietly, but very surely, changing the face of the global wine industry, reports Richard Siddle.
Last week we cast the net out wide to ask wine buyers, importers and distributors about the opportunities for Rioja as an alternative wine for the festive dinner table, particularly as the price of other classic Old World wines, noticeably from France, are being priced out of some people’s budgets. Today Bibendum offers its own insight in to Rioja as a category, and how well suited it is for wine lists across the on-trade
It’s nice talking about and throwing the spotlight on new wine regions and emerging styles of wine and little known grape varieties, but at these times of the year restaurant and bar customers are looking for the classics and the tried and tested. Which is why for our latest major debate we teamed up with Jackson Family Wines to look at what leading wine buyers, sommeliers, distributors and merchants think about Californian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Chablis, Chablis, Chablis… low supply, high demand, price increases, difficulty sourcing, everybody is talking about Chablis and the problems with it going into the New Year. But is the situation as tricky as some are making out, and what alternatives are on offer to satisfying customers hungry for this famous mineral-and-steel driven white? Chris Wilson quizzed a handful of importers and on-trade specialists – large and small – to get to the bottom of it.
With supplies of the big French classics at a premium this Christmas, both in terms of availability and price, restaurant buyers and suppliers are having to be far more flexible about what they offer their customers. Which, for some restaurateurs and distributors, is opening the door quite nicely for the tried, trusted and ever so reliable Rioja. Here we talk to a number of leading on-trade figures to see why Rioja is becoming a bigger part of their festive wine list.
Every wine producer knows they should listen to their customer. It’s a no-brainer. Yet there continues to be a gap between the intention of listening to consumers, and the actual execution of it. Cathy Huyghe, chief executive of Enolytics, explains why it doesn’t have to be that way, with the help of consumer-centric Big Data. In this case study about its work with Tenuta Luce, part of the Marchesi de Frescobaldi estates, Huyghe shows the potential of data-driven business intelligence.
It’s the first week of December which means not only is it just about OK to start thinking about putting up Christmas decorations, it’s the time when we also start getting out crystal balls and looking at what trends we can expect in the year ahead. To mark your card here’s what leading advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson’s Innovation Group believes are going to be the Top 10 driving issues facing retailers, brands and the high street in 2018.