We know how busy you all are on a weekend morning – how many bottles hit the dust last night? will the bus come in time for service? who’s going to be named in the team? – so we have condensed everything you need to know about ViniSud, the Mediterranean wine fair that took place in Montpellier last week all in an 80-second read.
It’s always the receptionist – the most connected person in any company. Want to come up with a name for an iconic, cult drink that Princess Diana later confesses to being her favourite drink? Why you ask the receptionist of course and she comes up with the name (well, half of it at least). Things were very different for drinks inventor David Gluckman in the 1980s. The man who helped invent Bailey’s, and many other iconic brands, recalls the fascinating time when you were given a brief, came up with an idea and more or less just ran with it. As the non-alcoholic sector starts developing in earnest, we asked Gluckman to recall how one of the original products came to see the light of day – Agua Libra.
Next month’s Il Collettivo tasting will be a chance to taste both well established Italian wineries that have been in the UK for some time, as well as see producers who will be showing their wines for the first time. Swig, which can claim Italy to be a number of its specialist wine countries, will be able to show both tried and tested and new wines at its stand at the show. Here we talk to some of their producers coming over for the March 7 tasting.
Distinct, exciting, exceptional value – these are just some of the words that Michelin star chef Roger Jones has used to describe many of the wines he encountered at the two-day Ellis Wines portfolio tasting. A wine importer that might not be top of mind by many wine buyers, Jones also found one rare ingredient these days – loyalty – from customers and also suppliers.
It’s one thing coming up with the idea of creating an English Pet Nat wine and your own version of Ortega made by fermenting it in a Georgian qvevri in a quiet Sussex vineyard, it’s quite another getting people to sell such wines, never mind one as established as Les Caves de Pyrene. But for Ben Walgate his, up to now, Tillingham Wines project is alive and kicking with the early release of his wines selling like “hot cakes” to leading restaurants and independent wine merchants who have been captured by the “human face” of an English wine story says Les Caves’ Doug Wregg.
Being in Paris on February 14 you might imagine would involve lots of romantic walks down by the banks of the Seine, taking in the sights of the love capital of the world. Instead all the walking on this trip was up and down rows of producers that separated Loire, Burgundy, Champange and Beaujolais (and more) producers showing off their wines at the world’s only wine fair dedicated to cool climate wines. Richard Siddle brings back some different memories of a Valentine’s Day trip to Paris.
Before phylloxera struck, the wines of Lirac were as well regarded as those from its more illustrious neighbours on the other side of the Southern Rhône – Châteauneuf-du-pape for example. In a special one-off Buyer exclusive Rhône expert Dr Bart Feys tastes 34 of the top wines from Lirac, recommends the top 12 wines he tasted and considers where the wines of Lirac are today, looking all the while at the ravishing 2016 vintage.
Precise, clear, pure, thrilling – welcome to the world class Rieslings of Framingham Wines, produced with a ‘German method’ by winemaker Andrew Hedley in Marlborough, New Zealand, using fruit from some of the region’s oldest Riesling vineyards. Riesling expert Anne Krebiehl MW visited Hedley and discovered some of his techniques – including the use of ‘killer acid’ – as well as sharing tasting notes of some of her favourite Framingham wines.
With the UK wine industry in such a state of flux, who better to give an outside, independent view on where it sits in relation to the growing wine markets around the world, particularly the increasing influence of China and the US, than Guillaume Deglise, chief executive of not only the world wine trade show, Vinexpo, but also one of the sector’s leading trade analysts and commentators. Here he shares his views with wine consultant Alistair Morrell.
You wait months for a serious Japanese wine tasting event to turn up and then you are treated to two in less than a month. Following hot on the heels of last week’s Koshu tasting comes a separate event that looks to showcase all styles of Japanese wines in the aptly named New Wines of Japan tasting. But there is sure to be plenty of demand and interest from leading sommeliers and on-trade wine buyers as the subtlety, diversity and elegance of Japanese wines become recognised as an exciting new wine pairing for a whole range of premium cuisines. Sarah Abbott MW gives her personal view on why she thinks Japanese wines are so well suited to discerning wine buyers and consumers.