Justin Keay meets up with Wine Mosaic, a Paris-based organisation whose mandate is saving and promoting rare grape varieties. He also samples 100 wines from Croatia, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and even France itself – all in the pursuit of discovering new and magnificent wines that all have their provenance rooted in the past.
As Wine Australia embarks on a A$5m research project to find the best terroir to make Shiraz, Alliance Wine’s Giles Cooke MW is pinning his hopes on Grenache which he believes will soon be making the best wines in Australia. In fact he’s so confident Grenache is the future he’s started making his own wines to prove it.
Justin Keay reports back from Vinisud 2017 and debates the success of the changes to the Mediterranean wine fair with both Vinisud’s director Pascale Ferranti, exhibitors and buyers from the UK. Despite the many changes Vinisud was still an exciting opportunity to catch up with emerging wine regions.
Cutting out the middlemen and buying wine direct from wine producers around the world is no longer just the preserve of the major supermarkets. Bulk wine and direct sourcing is starting to change the face of wine buying in to the mid to premium on-trade giving suppliers, wholesalers and on-trade groups and buyers complete control of their supply chain vital in these disruptive times.
Joe Fattorini likes social media. He uses it himself, but fears for wine businesses that get caught up in the hype and invest in big social media campaigns. Only by making it part of a wider, connected marketing strategy can it be effective. Social media on its own, he argues, will achieve nothing. He explains why.
Our Editor at large, Michelin starred-chef Roger Jones, questions why he is flying across the globe to celebrate New Zealand Pinot Noir. Will the conference Pinot Noir NZ17 really be the ‘Greatest Pinot Noir show on planet earth.’ ? Never one to eschew the drinks trolley, Roger samples a few NZ Pinots to get him in the mood, bumps into some of the world’s top sommeliers as well as a ‘knowledgeable’ stewardess called Sandra…
Much has been made of Italian and Mediterranean varietals making waves at the Australia Day Tasting. Chris Wilson argues that this is just one side of the coin and says that some examples of classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay at ADT showed why they were so popular in the first place.
Heading out to Montpellier this weekend for the annual trade show VINISUD? We pop a few questions to Pascale Ferranti, Director of VINISUD, to give you an idea of what to expect there – what is different this year, why has it changed from its bi-annual pulse, and which markets in particular does she see as the main ones for Mediterranean wine producers to exploit?
Finding the right wine for your business at the right price is what keeps the buyer’s world going round. But with less wine to go round from a poor global 2017 vintage buyers are going to have to be even more vigilant about the quality and consistency of wine that they do agree to buy.
We are happy to bring back our irregular series of Weeks in the Life of…this time with the bubbly, engaging and clearly very happy Richard Bampfield MW who shares his average week that includes working with a major discounter as well as consulting for restaurants and wine producers around the world.