Here’s a challenge for you. Interview 40 winemakers right across the southern hemisphere and turn them an in to an engaging film all about how different wineries approach the wine harvest every year. Oh and the film can only be 45 minutes long. But that’s what film maker Dan James has done with his Vintage Sixteen documentary that receives its London premiere on Friday.
Is there a town in the UK without its favourite neighbourhood Italian wine restaurant? But it’s not just the food we love, but Italian wine has long been a favourite of the average wine drinker who are showing signs of branching away from a safe Pinot Grigio on a night out. Next week’s Il Collettivo tasting hopes to celebrate the exciting and dynamic end of the Italian wine scene with a joint tasting amongst four of our leading specialist importers.
Not only is the UK blessed with some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic independent small wine importers, but buyers are also benefiting from the fact these specialist distributors realise their strength sometimes lies in coming together to showcase what they can do. Like next week’s Il Collettivo tasting featuring the best Italian wines from Swig, Sommelier’s Choice, Flint Wines and Forty Five 10. So what can we expect?
Another week, another wine term to get your head round. Just as we are all getting used to the concept of natural wines, Dr Jan Lindfeldt is now looking to take it a stage further with what he calls ‘ecological’ wines, namely wines that have been made with no synthetic chemicals. He concedes it is a niche market to go after, but with restaurants like The Fat Duck already stocking his wines, it is an approach that is catching the eye of influential sommeliers.
As one of the co-founders and main judges of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, Essi Avellan MW is well placed to know the key changes and trends taking place in both the worlds of Champagne and sparkling wines around the globe, as well as share her personal views on what makes a good bottle of fizz and where you should go to drink one.
The entry process for this year’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships might be closed, but before the judges sit down to assess all the different wines entered, The Buyer has had the chance to quizz each of the founding judges on why they think this competition stands out from its peers, and provides a fascinating insight in to how Champagnes and sparkling wines should be tasted and judged. First up the driving force for CSWWC, Tom Stevenson.
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.