Alto Adige is like no other wine region in Italy. The language is primarily Germanic and the mountains that border Austria and Switzerland bring an unique freshness to the wines that include Gewürtztraminer, hailing from the town of Traminer. Justin Keay travelled there to witness the launch of new wine Epokale, that is aged for seven years in a disused silver mine.
If you thought about making a craft beer in Wimbledon then you would be mighty surprised to find that no-one else has had the same idea before you. At least not for well over 100 years. So when former City banker, Mark Gordon, wanted to venture in to the world of beer for the first he was surprised and delighted to find he could make the Wimbledon Brewery all his own.
The wine trade and consumers alike are increasingly looking for wines with history, tradition and a genuine back story. Well, they don’t get much more authentic than wines from Georgia. It might have been making wines for centuries, but it has only been in the last few years that its unique Qveri-style wines are capturing the imagination of our wine buyers and adventurous wine drinkers. Ahead of its annual tasting on Thursday Sarah Abbott MW looks at why Georgian wines are so relevant for the premium on-trade.
Bodega Argento, the leading exported Argentinian wine brand, has been moving steadily upmarket for over a decade. Eschewing the supermarket aisle for premium on-trade has allowed head winemaker Silvia Corti to spread her wings and launch two new wines – the Bodega Argento Reserve Organic Malbec and the Esquinas de Argento Pinot Grigio 2016.
As a first time exhibitor at London Wine Fair how do you go about catching people’s attention? With so many stands, masterclasses and debates taking place many visitors only have time to go and see existing partners never mind find something new. But for Wines of Hungary’s Lilla O’Connor careful planning and understanding what UK buyers are looking for really helped its producers stand out.
Here’s a starter for 10 for you. Have you ever tasted a bottle of Chinese wine? If yes, was it any good and if so worth a place on your wine list? If the answer’s no then you are not alone because for all of the talk of Chinese wine we see very little of it here. Austrian winemaker, Lenz Moser, hopes to change all that with his own quality Chinese wine range gunning for a place on your wine list.
In order to make a premium rosé from Navarra, Julián Chivite enlisted the help of two of the world’s best chefs, Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena. Instead of the traditional reddish hue, they wanted to achieve a Provence-style pink, and a wine that goes impeccably well with food, as Victor Smart discovers.
Does the world need another gin? If so how do you make it stand out from the rest? James Oag-Cooper, co-founder of Foxhole Spirits believes it has the answer in a collaboration with English wine producer, Bolney Wine Estates that uses its waste to distill in to what it believes is a unique gin. He presents his case for another gin brand to Helen Arnold.
Zimbabwean twenty-something Callan Williams swapped a career as a ballet dancer for an even bigger love for wine. This month sees the first release of her Garajeest wines hit the UK. Already causing a stir in South Africa with the brand’s unashamedly edgy and non-traditional approach, importer Nik Darlington of Red Squirrel Wine talks to her about the wines, discovering the Garajeest, and the impact of social media and image on how we interact with wine today.
In another of her special reports from California’s Sonoma County, Christina Rasmussen meets some of the most influential winemakers who have helped shape Sonoma into the region it is today. These are winemakers who promote true-to-terroir winemaking and have challenged given styles that involved extraction, late picking and heavy-handed oak regimes.