Troy Christensen was not alone in wishing good riddance to 2016, but he also recognises the challenging trading conditions, coupled with the double whammy of integrating Coe Vintners into its business, has arguably made the new Enotria&Coe a stronger force and in a much better place to reap the dividends in 2017 and beyond.
It’s not often that a completely new concept hits the drinks industry, but with the launch of his Rare Tea Drinks, designed to be paired with premium spirits, Paul Benjamin has created an intriguing new category, under his Benjamin & Blum premium tea label. Helen Arnold went along for a very refined cuppa to find out more.
Where would we be without our Top 100 lists. Be it for restaurants to eat in, hotels to sleep in through to films to watch, it is a sure way of catching our attention. So we should not be surprised to find a wine distributor that has come up with its Top 100 wine list. The Vintner. It hopes its efforts to simplify its wine range gives it a unique offer for busy buyers, restaurateurs and hotel and pub groups.
Don’t believe the doubters…there is money to be made in selling wine. At least that’s what is driving management consultant, Jonothan Davey, to set up his own wine importing and distribution business, Nekter Wines, that is looking to give top winemakers a new, dedicated, hands-on route in to the premium on-trade.
Over the last five years Majestic Commercial has slowly, but surely started to give the on-trade’s major drinks distributors a very different competitor to worry about. One armed with a nationwide network of stores capable of giving on the ground support to its customers. But in 2016 sales have slowed up and managing director, Ben Nicholl, and his team have had to face up to difficult questions both internally and externally. Here he explains what steps have been put in place to help it bounce back next year.
Amongst all the Burgundy tastings taking place in January there will also be a chance to see first hand exciting new, undiscovered wines from independent growers from across all regions of the country with the annual French Independent Winegrowers’ tasting. Here’s what to expect on January 10.
Welcome to the brave new world of the digital sommelier. Or Corkscrew as it’s known – a new app that promises to make selecting the right wine to go with what you want to eat in a restaurant so much more enjoyable and stress free. But could technology, such as Corkscrew, ever replace the skills of a sommelier?
Having an impressively stocked bar, a great selection of trendy cocktails and a well sourced wine list is one thing, but with the increasing number of people cutting back on drinking, or not drinking at all, then you could be missing out if your range of mineral waters is not up to scratch. Helen Arnold talks to Hildon’s sales and marketing director, James Burston, to find out more.
Next week sees the publication of the 10th edition of Wine Behind The Label, a unique tour de force that profiles over 6,000 wineries and rates over 19,000 of their wines. The Buyer reflects with one of its co-editors, Neville Blech, on his life as both a successful restaurateur and the founder of the still influential Wine Treasury agency business.
Litmus Wines is one of the leading forces in English wine yet does not own a single vine of its own. Instead it makes the wines for Denbies and other English wine producers on a contract and consultancy basis. The Buyer catches us up with one of the more maverick and fun winemaking and agency teams in the UK, but none the less serious about what they do.