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.
Globe-trotting 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.
For all its prestige and importance it is not always possible to get excited about Bordeaux wines in general. Too often, too much attention is placed on the yearly en primeur campaign and what the top Chateaux are doing whilst so much of the everyday, affordable quality wines are ignored. The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux initiative has been set up to change all that and looks to give all wines from Bordeaux the spotlight they deserve.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht is one of the top wine producers in Alsace, responsible for over 30 wines, ranging in style and made mainly with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The Buyer visited the winery, scaled the impressive steep slopes of the Rangen Vineyard and at a Gonzalez Byass UK portfolio tasting, met up again with South African born winemaker Jolene Hunter for a lip-smacking horizontal tasting.
Wine blogger and importer, Mike Turner, has always been a big fan of one of the lesser know corner of Champagne, the Côte Des Bar. Predominantly known as a growing area for blends of the Grands Marques, it also has some outstanding Champagne houses producing some seriously good wines such as Sténopé from the premium house Champagne Devaux, which is a flagship for the region.
Rajat Parr and business partner Sashi Moorman were told that they would never be able to grow grapes on the cool Pacific coast of California. Not only have they proved their detractors wrong but their wines from both Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte are regarded as world class examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively. During a rare double vertical tasting, Rajat Parr explains to Anne Krebiehl MW the philosophy and winemaking techniques behind these wines.
With close to an estimated 900,000 producers to choose from it’s not surprising Italy is seen as one of the hardest countries to source from. So news that what claims to be the country’s first full service Italian network of wineries, Vinità Italia, is launching in the UK, should be of interest to on-trade buyers, whether they are Italian specialists are not. We take a look at what it has to offer.
It has taken near on 30 years but US whisky legend Don Sutcliffe, and Willie Phillips, former managing director of The Macallan, have finally come true on a promise they made in 1987 to make a whisky together. The result is The Exceptional range of crafted Scotch whiskies which are now available through Marcin Miller’s Number One Drinks Company.