With so many wines to taste, so many producers to shift through, we are all looking for shortcuts to find the wineries that are most likely to be able to serve our buying and sourcing needs. Which potentially makes the Premium Wines of Romania organisation a very useful body to know if you are looking to get a head start on the diversity and quality of wine now being produced in the country. Local Romanian wine consultant, Rob Marshall, explains how it works.
If you are looking to freshen up your wine list with wines from off Hungary’s beaten track then here we ask three MWs, Peter McCombie, Elizabeth Gabay and Caroline Gilby, to pick out a winery each they believe deserves wider recognition. Producers that each in their own way have their own story to tell about the new winemaking talent that is emerging across Hungary.
The rosé section on wine lists has gone from being a nice to have, to a must have such is the demand for a style of wine that is no longer just to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day, but is now the go to wine for an increasing number of wine drinkers. Next week trade buyers have the chance to update their lists with wines from French producers looking for distribution in the UK in the latest Business France event. Here’s what to expect with a particular focus on Provence’s Château de Bregançon.
As wine tastings go it is fair to say that Victor Smart really got the short straw – a guest of top cork producer Amorim who wanted to get a group of hapless sommeliers and journalists together to ‘taste the taint’ – smell and taste a collection of wines that were corked, ruined by TCA, TBA, Brett, reduction and oxidisation. Sorry Victor, a nice bottle of Bordeaux is in the post.
Boutique vineyard owner Alison Nightingale has done her part in trying to put English wine on the map with her award winning Bacchus wines. Now her fledgling Albourne Estate has even bigger ambitions, starting with the launch of 40, the first Sussex vermouth. Here’s her story of how she is putting her Plumpton College winemaking degree to good use.
“Education, education, education” is a mantra that has passed in to political speak, but it is also just as valid and relevant to the world of wine, particularly for a region that can appear as baffling as Bordeaux. It’s one of the key challenges and opportunities that Allan Sichel, president of the Bordeaux Wine Council, believes it has to help make Bordeaux more relevant and appealing to both the trade and consumers alike.
It was all the rage in the 1980s, you could hardly move in a party without tripping over a Party Seven or empty bottle of Bull’s Blood. But Egri Bikavér, as it’s known in Hungary, has got an illustrious past and could well have a magnificent future – that is, if the young winemakers who are re-discovering Hungarian heritage and unique varieties have got anything to do with it.
Spend any time in Lebanon and the first thing that strikes you is the passion. Whatever the subject, whatever the product it is guaranteed to generate such a wide range of emotions. Making wine is no different and they don’t get more passionate than Faouzi Issa, co-owner and winemaker at the 150-year old Domaine des Tourelles. Here he shares his passion for bringing Cinsault, one of Lebanon’s traditional red varieties, back to life and why he thinks it is so important to Lebanon’s winemaking future.
Those who still criticise Bordeaux for being aloof, cut off and oblivious to the trading needs of the wine trade have clearly not been to a Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux tasting. As well as giving you the chance to taste for the first time en primeur wines from the 2017 vintage, you don’t even have to travel to Bordeaux to do so. Richard Siddle talks to Alain Raynaud, president and founder of the organisation, about his on-going efforts to promote Bordeaux wines for all palates and price points.
Given a completely open choice then many sommeliers and wine buyers could quite happily fill their wine lists with interesting and different wines from across all the regions of Italy. But rarely can they do so. At least the Il Collectivo tasting next week gives them the chance to disappear to Italy for a few hours with this specialist tasting hosted by five independent importers. Here we talk to the producers that Sommelier’s Choice and Flint Wines will have at the event.