The world of oligarchs and super yachts might sound a glamorous industry to serve, but it presents its own particular challenges as wine suppliers Ed and Jess Dunnett of Antibes-based Onshore Cellars discovered when they set up their own specialist business to bring wonderful wines from around the world to match the jet set lifestyles of the rich and sometimes famous.
Organic wines are growing at 22% per year (Nielsen Scantrack), compared to the flat or declining overall UK wine market and are increasing in popularity with a younger more environmentally aware generation of 21-35 year olds. At a time when the trade is seeking to appeal to younger audiences, when point of difference is critical, is there not more room to be made for organic, natural, and biodynamic wines? Alistair Morrell talks to Isabelle Legeron MW, who has done as much as anyone to champion the organic and natural cause.
Every month it appears there is a new online wine concept that claims to be about to revolutionise the industry. Well let us introduce you to Winebuyers.com that does, on paper at least, have a unique business model. It is offering the chance for consumers to buy wine at exactly the same price as they would from a supplier, taking no cut or adding mark ups along the way. Sounds too good to be true? Richard Siddle talks to its founder Ben Revell.
Washington State wines are a bit like the Robert Duvall of the wine world. Highly respected, always classy and just does things in the right way, but an actor who was never really the star of the show. But great as a supporting actor. Which is not too dissimilar to how Washington State wines continue to build their reputation. Ahead of next week’s Oregon and Washington State tasting Richard Hemming MW explains why he thinks Washington has so much more to offer.
It’s hard not to descend into cliche when talking about sherry, or immediately imagine the poshest of posh folk crying out for a “SHERRY!” as they embrace each other at a spiffing drinks reception. Thankfully, for the category at least, its recent revival as one of the fastest selling drinks sectors is being driven by the young and happening rather than the old and has-beens. Helen Arnold talks to Bibendum’s Christina Schneider about how it is the hipsters that are helping drive more sherries onto the back bar.
We know how busy you all are on a weekend morning – how many bottles hit the dust last night? Will the bus come in time for service? Who’s going to be named in the team? – so we have condensed everything you need to know about ViniSud, the Mediterranean wine fair that took place in Montpellier last week all in an 80-second read.
With the UK wine industry in such a state of flux, who better to give an outside, independent view on where it sits in relation to the growing wine markets around the world, particularly the increasing influence of China and the US, than Guillaume Deglise, chief executive of not only the world wine trade show, Vinexpo, but also one of the sector’s leading trade analysts and commentators. Here he shares his views with wine consultant Alistair Morrell.
For those on the buying side of a tasting table, how often do you stop and think why it is that particular producer has given up half their week to fly to the UK to show you their wines? Yes, you might think you’re worth it, but for the winemakers and wineries they too need to be sure they are going to be able to show their wines to key buyers. Here we ask Astrum Cellars and two of its producers, Serafini & Vidotto and Francesco Rinaldi, why it is they are so keen to support next month’s Il Collettivo specialist Italian wine tasting event.
You can have drinks buyers with the finest palates and the best negotiation skills to drive the right deal with producers around the world, but all of that can stand for nothing if your consignment of wine, beer or spirits is stuck on the wrong side of the world whilst your customers desperately need it on their back bars or retail shelves. Getting your supply chain partner right is becoming increasingly vital in running a successful drinks distribution or import business, says JF Hillebrand’s Marc Graham.
The problem of mental health is finally on the national agenda, providing a much needed platform to raise awareness and funding to help tackle this growing people. To help play its part the drinks industry charity, The Benevolent has launched its own campaign, #NotAlone, to encourage a more frank and open conversation about mental health within the drinks industry, offering practical and emotional support to those who are struggling.