As producers all over Europe start to pick grapes and ready themselves for the 2018 harvest, buyers wait impatiently on the sidelines to see which regions will have the best quality and most affordable grapes to buy. Here, ahead of this year’s World Bulk Wine Exhibition, Juraj Hanuš of European bulk wine brokers, Eurotrade Business Services, explains why its new E-Vino platform can offer buyers a new e-commerce solution for sourcing wine from right across central and Eastern Europe.
This week anxious teenagers will be ripping open their A Level results fearing the worst, and hoping their dreams might actually come true. The choices for further eduction are endless and there are far more routes to take than ever before. Including a qualification in viticulture, winemaking and the wine industry. Here, in the first of two articles, we catch up with two students from the Plumpton College about what a course in wine has meant for them.
Has Sir Ian Botham ever done anything half-heartedly? In some ways it is not a surprise that the first range of wines he has produced under his own name are already selling out on allocation. But then this is not a celebrity putting their name to a collection of pre-ordained wines. It’s a hobby that has potentially morphed into what he hopes could be a career that he becomes equally if not more well known and respected for what he did with a cricket bat and ball. In part one of our two part in-depth interview, Richard Siddle talks to Botham about his passion for wine that has seen 40 years of friendships and relationships with winemakers turn into what he can proudly call the Botham Wines series.
Adios Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short and welcome to Harry Hunt, Robert Hunter and Simon Tyrrell, the wine industry’s very own Three Amigos who hope to offer less of the laughs (although they are available if you want them) for serious Spanish wines sourced from all regions of the country. All three are running their own successful Spanish winemaking and export businesses who have teamed up to create their own one stop shop for Spain.
Here’s a question for you. What kind of life motto do you try and follow? You know, the set of values that are most important to you that you trot out when asked at a serious job interview? For Ken Grier, the legendary whisky figure who for the last 20 years has helped transform The Macallan single malt whisky brand into an iconic global luxury tour de force, it all comes down to “dedication, hard work, delivery and virtue”. Four values he has not only tried to live up to personally, but deliver for the whiskies he has looked after. Here’s how he thinks he has got on…
Here’s a novelty for you. A wine tasting competition that asks average wine drinkers who keep wine sales flowing across the country to do the actual judging of which wines should be chosen for an award. OK they also get a bit of a hand from some wine trade folk too, but the principles of the People’s Choice Wine Awards are exactly what they say on the tin. The winning wines have chosen by those who pay to drink them. Founder Janet Harrison explains how it works.
Having an idea to write a book is one thing, being able to do so is quite another, particularly if you are trying to fit in the research and writing whilst holding down a day job too. So being given a hefty cheque to help bring it all together can certainly help things along, as it did for US wine writer, Miquel Hudin, when he won a bursary in memory of wine importer Geoffrey Roberts that gave him the opportunity to go ahead and complete his own book on the history of winemaking in Georgia.
Former leading restaurateur and now wine critic and publisher, Neville Blech, has decades of experience of working with, supplying and writing about wine in restaurants that he encapsulates each year in his guide, Wine Behind The Label. He has now taken all that knowledge, including reviews of over 25,000 wines, to create a new wine app – Value For Money Wines Pro – that offers every day wine drinkers the chance to assess a wine for its quality and the value for money it is being listed at in a restaurant or wine merchants.
There must be times working for a major wine merchants when you feel you’ve left the core job you started out with well behind you and turned into all singing, dancing events organiser such are the opportunities now to get involved in sourcing and providing wine from everything from rock concerts, major sporting events, to finding the right wines for an around the world cruise. Welcome to the world of Olivia Marsh, catering and hospitality sales manager at Corney & Barrow.
The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships claims to be the only one of its kind in the world which puts every type of fizz to the test. It’s also the only judging event where all wines entered are tasted blind by the same three judges. Founder Tom Stevenson and co-judges Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tom Jordan. Helping them as order of ceremonies is Champagne expert himself, Simon Stockton. Here’s his ringside account of how the judging takes place…