Next week sees a landmark tasting that hopes to re-introduce premium on-trade buyers and sommeliers to one of Italy’s key wine regions, Soave. The tasting will give the trade the chance to see for themselves the developments being made in the vineyards and the new styles of Soave that are now available. Sarah Abbott MW, who will be presenting masterclasses at the tasting, explains why she thinks its time for us all to rediscover this classic part of Italy.
The UK’s strategic importance as one of the most important hubs for bulk wine has been underlined this week with news that the prestigious International Bulk Wine and Spirits show is to hold its two-day 2018 conference in London in January. Sid Patel, chief executive of event organiser, Beverage Trade Network, explains why it is bringing the show to London and why bottled in market wine has such a big role to play in the on-trade.
The Wine Tipster, aka Neil Phillips, has combined his three lifelong passions: bubbly, wine and horse racing to forge a unique career. He is a successful racing pundit and is the tipster and sommelier for Jockey Club Catering across 15 racecourses. He is also for this week The Buyer’s very own man on the ground at the Cheltenham Festival and will be providing day by day his top racing tips. So check out @TheBuyer11 before parting with any cash…
Alliance Wine has come a long way since it first started with the rather ambitious goal of “creating a better world of wine”. It is, though, doing its best to do just that as it now not only one of the UK’s most respected wine distributors it is also making wine in three continents and selling it all over the globe. What’s more, as Alliance’s Giles Cooke MW explains, it is doing so with a principle driven business strategy.
For 15 years Winchester’s Stone, Vine and Sun has been growing its business through on-trade sales in Hampshire and further afield, from Cornwall to Birmingham, and in some smart London restaurants. For a small business it spends a lot of time prospecting on the road and is the sole importer for large numbers of growers and estates from – in order of volume – France, South Africa, Chile, Italy & Spain. Justin Keay gets the lowdown.
Alliance Wine is one of the trade’s most innovative and influential wine distributors. So much so it actually makes much of the wine it sells from around the world. Leading the way is chief executive, Fergal Tynan MW, who shares his not very average week which might include everything from picking grapes to dragging himself through airports, but always enjoying the love of sharing and talking about good quality wine.
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.