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    Vinexpo's new chief executive Rodolphe Lameyse is well aware of the need for the exhibition to change

    Vinexpo’s Rodolphe Lameyse: I want to bring new ideas to wine

    The wine industry is often criticised for working inside its own bubble, only ever taking influences and inspiration from within the industry rather than naturally looking outside to other consumer food and drink sectors for ideas and a new perspective. It’s why the appointment of Rodolphe Lameyse as the new chief executive of Vinexpo is potentially so exciting. It is the first time the international exhibition business has gone outside the wine industry for its leader. Here Lameyse talks to The Buyer about how he hopes his experience as a specialist in organising leading trade shows around the world will help bring new ideas, and a fresh strategy for the group at a vital time in its history.

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    How en rama helped sherry get to the front of the wine list again

    The en rama category was created by Tio Pepe just ten years ago with the launch of a raw sherry that was marketed by the company like a yoghurt – with a Best Before date and everything. At a special anniversary dinner, in which the company flew over its big guns and celebrity chef Nacho Manzano, David Kermode managed to taste all but one of the last 10 vintages, see how the Tio Pepe En Rama 2019 stands up to its predecessors, as well as get a revealing insight into the trepidation the company felt before launch and what has happened since.

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    What does it take to win Wines of South Africa’s Sommelier Cup?

    Wines of South Africa’s Sommelier Cup competition is not just an opportunity for leading sommeliers around the world to showcase their skills and their knowledge of South African wine, it has proven to be a melting pot of sommelier talent that has helped them hone their skills, as many of the past winners and finalists have gone on to become their own country’s national sommelier winners with the overall 2016 winner, Marc Almert, going on to become the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019. Here’s how you can get involved in this year’s competition.

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    Rathfinny BdN: confirming its dry, restrained signature style

    With a further 90,000 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines planted last week to take the total acreage to 200, Rathfinny Estate in Sussex is on course to have 350 acres under vine by 2021. At today’s London launch of its third Sussex Sparkling, a Blanc de Noirs, Anne Krebiehl MW believes that it is the dry, restrained style of the estate that has already become Rathfinny’s signature style. That, and the very ripe hedgerow fruit and spice, that marks it out as being unmistakably English.

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    Getting under the skin of Barolo and Brunello: two Italian kings

    For the first time two classic Italian wine regions, Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino, joined forces to present a unified front to UK trade and consumers allowing us to really get under the skin of the two most revered Italian red wines, and understand the varying components of their single grape varieties, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Titled Barolo and Brunello: The Two Italian Kings, the event had focussed tastings run by Sarah Abbott MW in which she extolled the benefits of tasting the two wines side-by-side and drew out what makes them so distinct and enthralling.

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    Jon Wyand: Errazuriz’s Wine Photographer & photograph 2019

    They say in the world of journalism that a photograph is worth a 1,000 words and here’s a story to prove it. Clean and simple. This is the winning photograph taken by Jon Wyand which has earned him the prize of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, part of the overall Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. What’s more it is the second time that UK photographer Wyand has picked up the award. A picture that tells its own story…

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    Australia wins a third of medals at 2nd London Wine Competition

    The results of the second London Wine Competition are in and they are a resounding success for Australia, which picked up a staggering 31% of all the medals that were handed out. What’s even more impressive is that the bar was raised significantly in the awards’ second year with more entries, more medals and more judges taking part. The awards were introduced to represent how consumers buy wines, based not just on their quality, but what they look like on shelf, and what value for money they offer.

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    Majestic has long had a reputation for hiring good, entrepreneurial staff that can move between its retail and on-trade divisions

    Mike Turner: think of Majestic staff in time of uncertainty

    The Majestic Wine saga continues to throw up twists and turns as chief executive, Rowan Gormley, looks to reshape and rebrand as a strong and sustainable Naked Wines business into the new financial year. Discussions will be ongoing and the future will likely be uncertain for employees up until, and even potentially after, the investor presentation on June 13. Mike Turner experienced first hand during his days in the City the plight as an employee seeing his livelihood discussed and deliberated in the press, and offers some well meant advice to Gormley and Naked Wines about how it handles its communications and support to its staff during this time of uncertainty.

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    Medal winners in second London Spirits Competition announced

    With so many spirits brands competing for space any premium back bar how do you choose one vodka, or gin, or whisky, or mezcal over another. Well the medal winner in the second London Spirits Competition could be the place to look for not only is it judged by leading bar tenders and managers, but it judges products for their quality, what they look like and, vitally, for their value for money. Here are all the highlights from the 415 medals awarded in the 2019 competition.

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    ‘Under the radar’ gems of Denis Jamain and Domaine de Reuilly

    At the launch of #SauvBlancDay Dr Jamie Goode included one of the Sauvignon Blancs of Denis Jamain from Domaine de Reuilly in a blind tasting, extolling the virtues of both the wine as great value, and of the winemaker as one of the grape’s early pioneers. Reuilly ofter gets overlooked in favour of its more illustrious Central Loire neighbours Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé and yet it is producing world class wines at amazingly good value. Peter Dean visited Denis Jamain and was equally impressed by what he tasted.

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    MW Access to be the contracting hub for the Masters of Wine?

    We’ve all heard the comparison that passing the Masters of Wine exam is the wine industry’s equivalent to climbing Everest. But it is one thing knowing everything about what goes into making a glass of wine, that all falls by the wayside if you don’t then have the personal and commercial skills to go out and make the most of having those two big letters after your name. That’s where MW Access comes in. A new match making service if you like that hopes to give wine businesses the world over the chance to tap into the international MW talent pool and be potentially connected with the right MW who can help them fix a particular problem or come up with a new way of working for their company. It has been set up by three MWs, Tim Wildman, Barry Dick and Michael Palij, to find the right MW, with the most relevant commercial and technical experience who is tailor made for whatever business challenge or opportunity a particular business might have. Here Richard Siddle catches up with the founders of MW Access.

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    Janet Harrison: find time to go to Canada’s Okanagan Valley

    The Okanagan Valley. The name alone certainly has a ring to it. Jump on a plane (or two) to get there and you won’t be disappointed. At least not according to Janet Harrison, founder of the People’s Choice Wine Awards, who not only enjoyed a memorable trip to Canada’s British Columbia, home of the Okanagan Valley, but has come back keen to get as many people in the trade to go and discover its beauty and exciting and dynamic winemakers for themselves.

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    NZ Savvy Blanc: which part of the envelope should we be pushing?

    The global phenomenon of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc continues to sell huge quantities around the world. The winegrowers, however, are not content to rest on their laurels and continue to experiment and discuss the next steps for this global wine brand.  Mike Turner recently attended the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Conference in Blenheim to hear all about these next steps and came away with his own opinions on what’s needed in the coming years – looking at site selection, experiments in the cellar, climate change and making lower alcohol wines.

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    Jeremy Thomson on choosing your right marketing channel

    So you have your business plan all sorted, know who your target audience is and think you have a product or service that they are going to love. But how do you make them even know you exist, never mind part with money to buy what you have? In part two of his series of articles on how to get on top of your marketing, Jeremy Thomson of the Common Collective, looks at the different marketing channels that are available and picks out the ones that are most likely to be relevant to you.

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    Tasting: Wine
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    Quintus pairs with Clove Club for innovative 6-vintage vertical

    To show off its first five vintages of Quintus, Domaine Clarence Dillon (which owns Château Haut-Brion) asked Clove Club chef Isaac McHale and head sommelier Oliver Christie to devise a special French-influenced tasting menu that would complement the Saint-Émilion wines. McHale’s food has a reputation of being ‘food you want to eat’ and the Quintus wines, likewise, are customer-friendly, approachable Bordeaux that are clearly in their ascendancy. Peter Dean tasted the Quintus grand cru wines, the second and third wines, and then sat back in awe at one of the great wine-pairing lunches.

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    How Aluna Coconut hopes to shake up the rum category

    No matter how crowded the spirits market is there is always room for true innovation to find its place on the back bar. Which is what the founders of Aluna Coconut rum hope they have achieved with what they claim is one of the first authentic, all-natural toasted coconut blended rums, in this case sourced from Guatemala and the Caribbean. The Buyer catches up with one of the brains behind the new rum, Guy Ritchie, who explains why he thinks this can be a new breakthrough brand.

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    Rollo Gabb: using innovation to stay ahead in South Africa

    For the past 12 years Rollo Gabb has been running the 100 hectare Stellenbosch winery Journey’s End with innovation as one of the key drivers. As Rollo sets about rethinking his three tiers of wines – to make them reflect better the quirkiness of the brand – he talks to Peter Dean about how the 2019 vintage is shaping up after years of drought, how the weather in South Africa is challenging the winemaker in unexpected ways, how South African wine can take its place alongside other international premium wines, and why Journey’s End is still, in his mind, one of the most experimental wineries in South Africa today.

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    Gallo deals are the gifts that keep on giving for premium wine

    It is a mark of the impact E&J Gallo has had on the global wine market in recent years that its recent $1.7 billion deal to buy a large chunk of wines and spirits from Constellation Brands was seen as just the latest in a series of acquisitions by the Californian wine giant that has seen it spend $1 billion on fine wine deals in the last five years alone. But this is not a big corporate waving its cash, but still a 100% owned family wine business, however big it has become. Richard Siddle reports back from California on the impact Gallo’s strategy to grow by investing in largely premium to fine wine is having on the global branded wine market.

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    Why French and Kiwis combined forces for #SauvBlancDay

    Everything but everything it seems has its own Awareness Day. #SauvBlancDay on May 3, for example, comes just after National Richter Scale Day and just before Donkey Awareness Week. Seriously. This year’s international celebration of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, however, has been given a new spin by having one foot in the Old World and one foot in the New – in a bid to show it off as a grape that has a sense of place and range of styles. #SauvBlancDay is different from previous years because, for the first time, New Zealand Winegrowers and two Loire Valley wine bodies are joining forces to broaden the message and the appeal. Peter Dean joined Jancis Robinson MW, Steven Spurrier and many more to hear Rebecca Gibb MW and Jamie Goode at last week’s official launch.

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    Why Alto Piemonte’s days as a forgotten gem could well be over

    When Roberto Conterno parted with many millions to buy Nervi in Alto Piemonte a year ago, it confirmed what many in the trade had known for some time – that this ‘lesser’ Italian region was producing outstanding wines and a great region to explore ‘off the radar’ wines and winemakers. Its days as a forgotten gem are indeed over, as more and more people wise up to the region, says Geoffrey Dean, who travels to Alto Piemonte and picks out the best regions and winemakers that should indeed be on your radar, if they are not already.

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