Laura Catena has a gift. The gift to make in-depth talk of soil microbes and rock formations captivating. She really does have a unique way of seeing the world of word. A view gleaned from her training in medicine as a doctor, a discipline that has driven her to take up the family mantle to raise the bar for Argentinian wine, and most of all understand where it has come from so it can set the right course of action for the future.
Any wine list worth its salt needs to have a good representation from New Zealand such is the UK consumer’s appetite for its wines. But it may not be as easy for buyers to get their hands on the wines they want as the rest of the world catches up with what New Zealand has to offer. David Babich of Babich Wines explains how the country’s wine producers are having to change their ways to keep up with global demand.
Christina Rasmussen caught up with Dermot Sugrue, the English sparkling winemaker who is, arguably, one of the most influential figures in English wine. Aside from being the winemaker of Wiston Estate Winery and Sugrue Pierre, Dermot also makes wine for many other domaines including Jenkyn Place and was the head winemaker at Nyetimber. Before a tasting of the latest vintages with full tasting notes, Dermot provides an insight into his techniques and philosophy. All of the photos were taken by Christina.
Benoît Gouez, chef de cave at Moët & Chandon explains, with the use of six base wines, how he blends to make a consistent Champagne in Moët Imperial. In 2016 the wines were uneven and this presents Gouez with a number of challenges that puts all of his years of experience to the test.
It was Masi who in 1964 with the release of the now legendary Campofiorin effectively made appassimento popular again. This is a winemaking technique that they use with all of their wines to concentrate the aromas and character of the fruit ahead of fermentation. It finds particular expression in the Valpolicellas for which Masi has become world-renowned. Chris Wilson visited Masi last year and brought us these stunning images that perfectly captures a behind-the-scenes look at the winery and how it operates.
At the launch of the Hush Heath Wine Club, a new initiative to get brand ambassadors for the English winery, owner Richard Balfour-Lynn outlines to Anne Krebiehl MW his plans to expand the output of Hush Heath threefold – from 100,000 bottles a year to 300,000.
Black-country-based Langley Distillery is one of the country’s largest independent gin producers and one of the last remaining family-owned distilleries. Dating back to 1805, it has not only produced its own gin for all these years, but has built up partnerships with third party distillers and gin brands and now produces gin on a contract basis for over 100 brands demonstrating the UK’s continued love affair with gin.
Globetrotting Michelin-starred chef, Roger Jones, leaves the ovens of his Wiltshire restaurant to experience the Moroccan cuisine – testing out a variety of white and red wine and seeing how well it matches with the food. The French legacy has shaped the Moroccan wine industry, into becoming the second largest in the Arabic world. With the likes of Alain Graillot and Bernard Magrez setting up shop, this will only increase.
The Crozes Hermitage is one of the most iconic and important French appellations. With such a poor 2016 harvest across France there is going to be even more focus on the region and the quality and availability of its wines in the coming months. In order to get a better picture on the opportunities and challenges for the region The Buyer caught up with Yann Chave from Domaine Yann Chave and co-president of the AOC Crozes Hermitage.
Once the Western Cape’s hidden gem, Robertson is fast becoming an important wine region both for wine production and wine tourism. Geoffrey Dean travelled there and found world class quality wines, dramatic scenery and plenty of intriguing characters, none less than Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira of Graham Beck whose sparkling wines have won international awards as well as having advocates in the shape of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.