Armed with arguably one of the best wine palates in the UK wine trade, and certainly the most capable and skilled individual in talking about wine to the masses, Joe Wadsack, now the regular wine expert on ITV’s This Morning, shares his year so far, what he has been up to during the summer – and his rather surprising love for Miley Cyrus….
Most UK wine suppliers and distributors spend the majority of their time based in Britain from where they can co-ordinate shipping wine from all over the world. But for Giles Cooke MW things are a bit different as he spends a fair bit of it overseas actually helping to make the wine that Alliance Wine then ships and sells here. Here’s how his year has been so far…
We continue our summer-long look at the opportunities for developing rosé sales, in partnership with Castel Frères, by talking to individual merchants and on-trade distributors about what trends they are seeing within the rosé category and what restaurants are looking for. First up is Matthew Hennings, managing director, of the family wholesale business, Hennings Wine Merchants.
Any journalist worth their salt needs to be highly inquisitive, and good at reading between the lines to see the truth. US wine writer and commentator, Cathy Huyghe, has taken that to the ultimate level by setting up her own wine data analytics business, Enolytics, that hopes to help companies use, visualise and act on the Big Data they have in their business to make better decisions about the kinds of wines their customers and consumers are buying and want to buy.
When it comes to buying and sourcing wine there are now a multitude of ways of getting it from A to B. There are also an increasing number of small, if not tiny, wine businesses in between making those deals happen. Richard Leaver explains how he hopes to make a difference to how the on-trade can source wine at all price points with this Twin Thieves business.
Ian Hercules has just taken over from his father as managing director of Kent-based specialist craft beer importers Pierhead Drinks, which sources beers from as far afield as Canada, the US, Thailand, Mexico and Australia. It is now looking to make inroads in to the premium on-trade. Helen Arnold met up with him to find out how he’s settling into the new role, and his plans for the family-owned business.
Given the choice on-trade wine buyers would love to travel the world and source wines directly themselves. But few have the time to do so. Fortunately they are able to turn to those businesses that can in a market where companies of the scale of Lanchester Wines are able to source, ship, develop, bottle and deliver exclusive wines just for you. Richard Siddle travelled to Durham to find out how it works.
There are many ex-banking and City folk in the UK wine trade, but whilst many have looked to make their own wine, Richard Ellison is very much focused on selling other people’s. The idea of setting up Wanderlust Wine to source new producers from off the beaten around the world is not exactly new, but his focus on using IT and technology to drive both his e-commerce and on-trade businesses certainly is.
The premium, independent on-trade is a segment of the drinks business that a lot of importers are targeting. For larger operators, increasing the sales force and marketing budgets plus stock deals are ways in which to get market share. So how is it for a relatively new importer specialising in small production, independent wines? Chris Wilson met up with The Knotted Vine’s chief David Knott to find out.
Here’s a challenge for you. Interview 40 winemakers right across the southern hemisphere and turn them an in to an engaging film all about how different wineries approach the wine harvest every year. Oh and the film can only be 45 minutes long. But that’s what film maker Dan James has done with his Vintage Sixteen documentary that receives its London premiere on Friday.