Vinita Italia, ‘a full-service wine network’ launched this month with a London tasting, a masterclass on Italian fizz and a promise that on-trade buyers could benefit from prices that were 15-20% off current rates, by dealing with Vinita directly. Sparkling Arneis and a range of Lambruscos ‘for experts’ were some of the highlights of the tasting. We pick out the highlights.
One of the highlights of the London portfolio tasting held by Davy’s in February was a fascinating masterclass from Raimond Prüm of S.A.Prüm, that looked into the effect of time on his premium Mosel Rieslings. As he prepares to hand over the reins of the winery to his daughter after 46 years in charge, he reflects on the heritage at the winery and shows off a range of wines that are all ageing gracefully.
Franciacorta, Pinot Grigio and Lambrusco are back in vogue but being re-invented by canny Italian winemakers. For blogger and wine importer Mike Turner, attending Lea & Sandeman’s Italian wine tasting, it bore a striking resemblance to how another Italian classic managed to save itself by looking to the future and re-inventing itself.
Very good or historic, the jury is just starting to deliberate what the quality of the Bordeaux 2016 vintage is like as en primeur tastings begin. La Conseillante (and other estates) have declared that it is their “best vintage ever”, whether that is the impact of Michel Rolland, the vintage characteristics, or both we will have to wait to see. For UK buyers, however, the Grand Cercle Primeurs tasting in London yesterday (March 15) was the first chance to find out first hand what Bordeaux 2016 is really like.
Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones finds plenty to rave about at the Oregon & Washington Wines tasting held in London this week. Relatively new to the wine-buying public, both states are producing exceptional quality wines using a wide range of varietals that include Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our man on the ground helps you bag the best.
So how are your tasting skills? Do you reckon you could tell a double magnum from a single bottle – when the wine in both is ‘exactly the same’? This is what Pomerol’s La Conseillante challenged The Buyer to in a tasting lunch playfully titled The Big Bottle Tasting. They showed five vintages of their top wine blind in both single bottle and double magnum and we had to deduce which was which. Talk about no such thing as a free lunch…
Chris Wilson tastes the new vintages of Dom. Ruinart Champagne – Blanc de Blancs 2006 and Dom. Ruinart Rosé 2004 – alongside Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaiotis and learns that, when is all summed up, making world class Champagne is all about keeping the process simple.
One of the highlights of Davy’s portfolio tasting held at the Over-Seas League in February was a table boasting just 11 wines which were all limited edition, small volume, artisanal wines that, in order to have first dibs at, you actually had to come to the tasting and put an order in.
If you didn’t manage to make it to the Berkmann annual portfolio tasting in London last week them never fear, Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones was on hand to taste the wines for you and recommend which ones will work and which will not work in the premium on-trade.
It is rare that sommeliers and members of the press get an opportunity to try aged wines which show evolution and wines during their peak drinking window. For its annual portfolio tasting in London, wine importer Fells laid out a treasure trove of aged fine wines and fortifieds, an opportunity that Roger Jones could not pass up, tasting alongside the new vintages available.