With so much uncertainty and lack of real information about what Brexit is going to mean in reality it is easy to put it on the back burner and leave it to the politicians and bureaucrats to work out. But there is actually a lot of detail we do know about the kind of trading deals we could expect down the line. A lot of which rests in the rules and regulations laid down by the World Trade Organisation. Here’s some starters for 10 for you…
Wine blogger and importer, Mike Turner, tries his hand at Speed Tasting where you have to try at least three wines and ask as many sensible questions as possible to a number of different winemakers in just ten minutes. Some top tips… remember to try the wines at the beginning of the timeframe and not save three to be tasted in 60 seconds! And, try not to ask too many questions about the winemakers’ dogs, especially if you can overhear the serious chat either side of you.
Jonothan Davey, founder of Nekter Wines, reports on an action-packed visit to his South African suppliers during which he discovered one of the finest Chenin Blancs in the world, toured a vineyard in a 1931 Model A Ford and visited a remote mountain property where the danger from leopards far outweighed the risk of frost.
One of the advantages of taking your MSC in the business of wine at the Burgundy School of Business is that it is based in Dijon in the heart of Burgundy, one of the most interesting and challenging of all wine regions in the world to discover. It is also a great opportunity for the visiting students like Alexander Stone to have the chance to visit, and be blown away, by iconic producers like Château Meursault.
The frost damage in parts of England, France and notably Bordeaux have made national news headlines never mind send waves around the wine industry. Whilst it’s too early to say for sure how damaging the frosts have been it’s clear the fall out is going to be significant. But how much do buyers, distributors and retailers really care about the plight of wine producers or do they simply switch supply to unaffected areas? Richard Siddle looks at how strong producer relationships really are.
Because he’s game for a laugh, our drinks editor Peter Dean decided to apply to be a contestant on ITV ‘s Culinary Genius, the new Gordon Ramsay cookery show. Six weeks after learning how to do almost anything with a knife, the big day arrived and our intrepid chef headed to ITV Studios for his chance to show he could do much more than just put a Pop Tart into the toaster.
What is it about volcanoes that we find so intoxicating? The world over tourists are drawn to them, hoping, no doubt, to see the molten lava for themselves. None are more famous than Mount Etna in Sicily which certainly gives the brave wine producers willing to plant vines on its live slopes a head start when it comes to talking about unique terroir, as Zekun Shuai explains.
As invites go it was certainly one to catch your attention. Would I like to go to a “secret squirrel” collaboration between Douglas Blyde and The Vineyard at Stockcross? Well it was enough to convince me to catch the 11am train to Newbury to find out what was so secret about these squirrels. Little did I know I was about to play an elaborate game of Trumped Wines….
Ahead of his set piece Top 100 wines from Argentina tasting on May 8, Tim Atkin MW explains why he believes Argentina is now one of the most exciting and important wine producing countries in the world. He looks back at how the country has developed over the last 25 years since he has been travelling there and picks out the regions to study now and watch out for in the future.
Hot on the heels of the outstanding 2015 vintage the Bordelais have done it again producing a totally unique vintage in Bordeaux 2016. Precision, balance and freshness are some key characteristics as the industry puts it alongside 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015 as the best since 1990. Here Berry Bros. & Rudd’s buying director Max Lalondrelle gives his assessment after three weeks tasting the wines and the headline is that the team from Britain’s oldest wine merchant are very excited indeed about the quality of wines they are tasting.