In this world of corporate buyouts and mass globalisation, the continuity that family ownership brings cannot be under-estimated when we look at the success of a company. Chris Wilson compares the 100+ years of his local Cambridge ironmongers Mackay with the continuing success of Barossa winemakers Henschke, and argues that it is the honesty, hard work and care that you can rely on when a family stamps its name and reputation on a product. A full new range tasting of the Henschke wines follows in the company of winemaker Joahnn Henschke, including the new vintage release of Hill of Grace 2013.
We’re all used to referring to a wine cellar as a cave. But when Peter Dean signed up to a wine tasting in a cave in the Ardèche, little did he realise that cave meant cave – 57km of underground caverns with stalactites, stalagmites and barrels of wine that have been aged for over a year 100m below the vines to give them a unique character. Oh, and the blind-tasting was literally that – lights off.
If you are looking to enter the second edition of the London Wine Competition then you can make big savings by putting your wines in now and take advantage of early bird rates. This is the event that looks to reward wines that everyday wine drinkers can relate to as they are assessed not just on their quality, but what they look like, what they stand for, how much they cost, and, arguably the most important criteria for all – how drinkable they are.
The recent Corney & Barrow summer tasting was awash with interesting wines for seasonal drinking. Here, Peter Dean turns the spotlight on a dozen that really shone and which are all either a cut above in their categories, or else offer exceptional value for money… or both.
It might just be our warped brains on the Buyer, but every time we hear the words “Ten Minutes by Tractor” we expect it to be followed by a DJ announcing by how far they have gone up and down in the charts. But as well as sounding like a very cool indie band, Ten Minutes by Tractor also makes classic, premium, Australian wines for the Mornington Peninsula. Wines you will be able to taste at next month’s specialist London tasting for the region on September 6.
This week anxious teenagers will be ripping open their A Level results fearing the worst, and hoping their dreams might actually come true. The choices for further eduction are endless and there are far more routes to take than ever before. Including a qualification in viticulture, winemaking and the wine industry. Here, in the first of two articles, we catch up with two students from the Plumpton College about what a course in wine has meant for them.
Perceptions about Vinho Verde are changing – for the better not for worse. For starters, Portugal’s celebrated white wine is not green, second, the wines are becoming more complex and diverse, the result of recent investment and innovation. As wine drinkers around the world start to pick up on these changes so the value of the Vinho Verde export market is increasing, doubling in recent years to €60m in value. David Kermode visits Vinho Verde, has many of his preconceptions confounded, and learns of the many interesting developments that are making this a region that is very much in vogue.
Just looking after the wine range of one of Napa’s premium wine estates is an enormous responsibility for a winemaker, never mind the prospect of being in charge of 15 wineries, and a portfolio of over 220 wines. Welcome to the world of Scott Kozel, E &J Gallo’s vice president for premium winemaking, who explains how he is involved in the business side of one of California’s most influential producers as he is managing the styles of the wines he helps to make.
Has Sir Ian Botham ever done anything half-heartedly? In some ways it is not a surprise that the first range of wines he has produced under his own name are already selling out on allocation. But then this is not a celebrity putting their name to a collection of pre-ordained wines. It’s a hobby that has potentially morphed into what he hopes could be a career that he becomes equally if not more well known and respected for what he did with a cricket bat and ball. In part one of our two part in-depth interview, Richard Siddle talks to Botham about his passion for wine that has seen 40 years of friendships and relationships with winemakers turn into what he can proudly call the Botham Wines series.
In her first book wine expert Rebeca Gibb MW takes on The Wines of New Zealand, looking at the past, present and future of the New Zealand wine industry. Taking a break from her hectic schedule, Gibb explains why she wanted to take on such a massive task, as well as give us tips on which are the most exciting new winemakers to keep her eye on, what new developments there are with NZ Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, which 6 NZ wines every sommelier should have on their list and much more…