Steven Spurrier and his famous Judgement of Paris certainly helped put Californian wines on the world map. But some 40 plus years later it is the work of James Hocking and the exclusively Californian wine merchants, The Vineyard Cellars, along with other Californian specialists, that ensures the modern California is being celebrated and promoted every day of the week. We caught up with Hocking to find out more about his love affair with Californian wine.
On-trade suppliers are having to face up to levels of disruption and uncertainty that many say are unprecedented. But from all the upheaval those suppliers that have the stability and security of a major producer behind them appear better placed, like Negociants UK, the distribution arm of Australian producer, Yalumba. We talk to Negociants’ UK managing director, Simon Thorpe MW, about being able to keep your eye on the long term.
ABS Wine Agencies doesn’t court publicity. It is usually quite happy going about its business on its own, quietly under the radar. Which is not surprising when you find out it is actually at the cutting edge of wine distribution not only in the UK but through its burgeoning UK bottled and own label business driving exports all around the world. So here’s your chance to find out what they are really up to.
Friarwood may still be based in the same traditional wine merchants along the New King’s Road, but with a new, young management team in charge it is very different inside. Still very much focused on sourcing and supplying some of France’s finest wines, particularly from Bordeaux, it is now also bringing wine list changing wines by producers from all over the world.
It takes a lot of work to get restaurants even in one city to get behind a wine driven initiative. To get the whole country behind one that is focused on promoting natural and artisanal wines would appear more than just a tall order. But the Real Wine Month, which backs up the Real Wine Fair in May, now plans to have up to 350 restaurants taking part. Chief organiser, Doug Wregg from Les Cave de Pyrene, explain how it all comes together.
How many times have you sat on the plane returning home from a wine fair feeling like you just did not have enough time to see the right amount of people. Well if you are looking to go to Vinexpo in June you can take advantage of a match making service that promises to arrange meetings with like minded producers in your key target markets around the world.
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.