Mirror mirror on the wall, how do you compare one sparkling wine or Champagne to another? With great difficulty which is why you need experts in the field to take on the challenge which is what the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships are all about. This year’s competition is now open for entries as founder, Tom Sevenson, hopes to once again find the very best in class along with fellow judges, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan.
It was a surprise in the late summer when the news broke that Paul Schaafsma was to return to the wine industry in the chief executive role at Broadland Wineries. It is even more of a surprise that we find out today that he is leaving his post after only four months to start up his own sales and marketing wine business and taking two of his new Broadland recruits with him. Here’s the exclusive inside line…
The medical profession normally does not want anything to do with wine, but not trained gynaecologist Sorcha Holloway. She has turned her back on stethoscopes to forge a new career as a growing voice for the average wine drinker, who unusually has been able to connect with both the traditional wine trade and wine drinking community on social media with her breakthrough #ukwinehour Twitter chat hashtag that has grown to such an extent that it now has a reach of potentially 350,000 people around the world. Here’s her story…
Today we take on you a trip to the Yarra Valley, Australia, and, specifically to the Payten and Jones winery run by old school mates, Behn Payten, Troy Jones and Behn’s dad, Peter, who are very much part of the raw, minimal intervention style of winemaking that is becoming such a feature of Australian wine. Here Troy Jones shares his thoughts on the wines you can taste at this month’s Wine Australia tasting, and as we are still in Aussie cricket season, his memories of the Ashes.
Gerard Basset MW MS has been putting his mark on the UK hospitality industry ever since he first came to this country as a fresh faced culinary student in the early 1980s. This week it was the turn of the French to recognise all the achievements he has made promoting his country’s wines in the […]
There are Michelin star chefs renown the world over for their excellence in what they can put on a plate, but few have the interest, let alone the commitment and drive to challenge themselves to understand the wines they can match with them. Roger Jones is a breed apart as he reports from South Africa on the sparkling wine competition he set up that pitted local sparklers up against the best of the rest of the world.
With wine experts saying that 2016 is the vintage when Burgundy buyers and lovers should start looking to the ‘lesser’ appellations, Victor Smart travels to Château Santenay to meet winemaker Gérard Fagnoni and hear why his estate is talking less about terroir and more about typicité – the latter playing better with Millennials.
A grower Champagne house, who have been growers since day one and continue to be, are making profound wines that find the balance between terroir, grape variety, and winemaker influence. Christina Rasmussen recently met the brother-sister duo at London’s Café Comptoir and Wine to sit down with them and talk Chouilly and Bisseuil.
Anyone who is anyone in the UK wine trade will have had January 8-12 etched into their new 2018 diaries as all attention turns to Bourgogne Week and analysing, debating, tasting, swirling and spitting the best of what this region can offer. It will also be the first time many buyers will get the chance to taste the fruits of the 2016 vintage and what was one of the worst weather hit harvests to hit this iconic region. To help set the scene we turn to Jean Soubeyrand of the Bourgogne Wine Board.
If you are part of the wine industry still scratching your head about how to get yourself noticed and stand out from every other brand or wine in the category, then pour yourself a cup of tea and read how New Zealand producer, Invivo Wines, has managed to get itself noticed around the world. Now admittedly it has done so, in part, by linking up with chat show host, Graham Norton, but its founders, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, have also used FMCG marketing, thinking and innovation to make far greater noise about what they do than businesses 10 times their size.