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 Estats 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.
A delegation of wine producers from the quite Portuguese region of Tejo, just outside of Lisbon, will be heading to the London Wine Fair next week to present its wines for the first time at the fair. To help mark your card and explain what the region and its wines are all about Sarah Abbott MW, who is helping to champion and promote Tejo wines in the UK, explains why she thinks they have genuine potential in the premium on-trade.
If you have an Hungarian wine or two on your list then chances are it comes from Tokaj. But whilst it is by far the country’s most iconic and important wine regions there is so much more to discover right across the country’s 22 wine regions with some 40 different indigenous varieties to get your head round first. Lilla O’Connor of Wines of Hungary explains what you might be missing.
At the London launch of its new look Castelnau Champagne, Victor Smart, hears from managing director Pascal Prudhomme about why he is favouring an ‘audacious’ approach to future growth – an influence already of new President-elect of France, Emmanuel Macron.
So you have an idea for a wine brand you’re convinced can stand out from what is already available? Having the inspiration is one thing, bringing it to market is quite another. Ross Sleet, a well known figure from the South African wine industry from his time with Constellation Europe, Distell, and Kleine Zalze, believes he has a brand, and a concept based on quality, blended wines. Here’s the first part of his story of bringing Rascallion Wines to life.
As Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger plants the first of 20 hectares of vines in Kent, so he makes history by being the first French Champagne house to plant vines in England. The farm at Chilham has been re-named Domaine Evremond after Pierre-Emmanuel’s Eighteenth Century ancestor and Pierre-Emmanuel explains to Geoffrey Dean what the company plans to do in the UK and his love of English sparkling wine. On the same day, Simpsons wine estate was also making a bit of history of its own by undergoing massive expansion.
We sent intrepid reporter Victor Smart to the Chatham Docks at nighttime (nice!) to witness the launch of Copper Rivet, the UK’s latest micro-distillery. Although it will be a few years before their Kentish whisky will make it onto the market, the Russell family are already producing Son of a Gun, Vela Vodka and Dockyard Gin from originally-designed stills and a technique they call ‘ultra crafting’.
As KWV prepares to celebrate one century of being in business, Geoffrey Dean profiles this South African company that has always prided itself on being a grape grower, grape buyer and wine blender.