It certainly turned a few heads last month when it was announced that Paul Schaafsma, the former chief executive of Accolade Wines, was returning to the UK as head of wine packing business, Broadland Wineries. But it is also a further reflection of how traditional bottlers are becoming key suppliers of branded and own label wines in their own right for the on and increasingly on-trade.
After sparkling wine rosé has been the success story of 2017. But for Castel-Frères’ Guillaume Bonnefoi its sudden rise to glory has not just come about overnight, but has been part of a two year strategy to give the rosé category the focus, the support and the image it has always had the potential to grasp. Most of all he says it has been about giving the sector an energy and a reason for consumers to buy in to.
OK, here’s an opportunity you don’t get an everyday tasting. To add a bit of spice to the already much anticipated New Wave South African tasting anyone going along on October 11 now has the chance to win a specially commissioned surfboard. Cobus Joubert explains how you go about making a wooden surfboard and reflects on his previous life when he travelled the world selling premium South African wine.
We have looked closely on The Buyer in recent weeks at how different generic bodies and UK importers and distributors host and present their respective portfolio tastings. How do you make your event a “must attend” other than offering different wines to taste? Wines from Rioja has gone down the road of asking leading wine trade figures and buyers to pre-select 10 wines across 10 wine styles for its appropriately named 10×10 tasting which takes place tomorrow.
As the clock ticks down to next month’s New Wave South African tasting, Ben Henshaw, founder of Indigo Wine, explains why he has become so involved in South African wine that he is even now making his own wine there with winemaker Johan ‘Stompie’ Mayer. You can taste their Mother Rock along with a host of leading, cutting edge winemakers at what promises to be one of the tasting highlights of the year.
News this week that Paul Schaafsma, the former chief executive of Accolade Wines has taken on the same role for UK bottling and brand development business, Broadland Wineries, demonstrates the pace at which the bulk and bottled in market sector is growing. Ahead of next month’s World Bulk Wine Exhibition, general manager, Otilia Romero de Condés, shares her thoughts on why bulk wine is moving at such a pace
It is 20 years since Laura Jewell, European head of Wine Australia, was first able to put the ‘MW’ letters after her name. As she prepares to co-host tomorrow’s Australian Women in Wine Awards she reflects on how education has played such an important role in not only her own career, but in creating a level playing field for women in general to be so successful in the global wine industry.
Rioja? Is it a wine, is it a grape variety, is it a region? The average wine drinker might be confused what Rioja actually is, but it’s arguably a nice problem to have when Rioja is consistently one of the most recognised – and bought- red wines in the world. Ahead of next month’s 10×10 Wines from Rioja tasting that picks out the best 10 wines tasted blind in 10 categories, Sarah Jane Evans MW, one of the lead judges shares her experience and love of all things Rioja.
To mark the upcoming first tasting of the Pinot Noir Alliance, a collaboration of five producers from Burgundy, Chile, California, New Zealand and Australia’s Yarra Valley, The Buyer has asked leading wine figures to share their love for Pinot Noir. Who better to start with than the man who brought Pinot Noir to the masses and novelist, Rex Pickett, who helped put Pinot Noir on the big screen with what became the now cult movie, Sideways.
We are well truly in to the feeding frenzy otherwise known as the Autumn Portfolio Tastings of the major UK wine distributors and importers. Today it is the turn of Lea & Sandeman as it shines its spotlight on its own range and what it hopes will be on lists this winter. To set the scene is sales director Phil Weeks as he concludes our summer series of Q&A with leading lights of the UK wine trade.