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    IWSC’s elite judging team pick the best of the best from Alsace

    “There are Crémants for your celebrations, easy-drinking wines for relaxed occasions and potent, structured wines for pairing with celebratory meals and, of course, there are the terroir wines sourced from Grand Cru vineyards.” That’s the diversity that Alsace can offer which the IWSC hoped to highlight in a special tasting, held in the region and co-hosted with the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace (CIVA). Part of the judging team was Natasha Hughes MW who shares her highlights from the event. 

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    How New Zealand Wine’s Waitangi Day event proved its premium status

    Earlier this month, on Waitangi Day no less, New Zealand Wine put on its annual trade tasting at Lindley Hall in London’s Victoria. Attended by a host of UK importers and smattering of brave, well-travelled Kiwi winemakers, the tasting was an opportunity to not only try the new vintages and styles produced in these glorious islands, but also a chance to dive deep into the recent performance of New Zealand wines across the globe. We sent The Buyer’s Mike Turner along to discover more.

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    Roger Jones picks the best of the new wines at the Fells portfolio tasting

    Always a key date in the diary, last week saw the annual portfolio tasting of Fells which was held this year at IET Savoy Place, with its tall ceilings and huge windows making it an ideal tasting venue. Ex-restaurateur and wine critic Roger Jones attended for The Buyer and picks out his many highlights from the likes of Wiston Estate, Yangarra, Chateau Musar, Famille Hugel, Guigal, Barone Ricasoli, Symington Family Wines, Familia Torres, Vasse Felix and Seifried from New Zealand.

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    All the winners in People’s Choice Wine & Spirits Awards revealed

    Last night saw the results of both the People’s Choice Wine Awards and the People’s Choice Spirits Awards announced at a special awards evening held at the Revolution Bar in Manchester. The night saw producers, importers, merchants and brand owners come together for an event that rewards and highlights the best wines and spirits as chosen by both professional drinks trade judges and also regular consumers – showing they have what it takes to be a success in UK bars, restaurants and retailers. The Buyer, which has been trade media partner for the awards since it was launched, was on hand to record all the winners. 

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    Amanda Barnes: why Uruguayan Albariño deserves our attention

    As Albariño from Rías Baixas becomes increasingly scarce with rising demand from the UK and other key international markets, Amanda Barnes explores why Uruguay is poised to help fill the gap with its own unique style of this sought after variety . You can also find out for yourself what Uruguay has to offer at a breakthrough Uruguayan wine tasting in London on March 6. Barnes also highlights some of the key producers to keep an eye on.

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    E&C’s Cork & Fork: matching 4 Italian producers with 4 cuisines

    In order to demonstrate how premium wines work with a range of different cuisines, Enotria&Coe has launched Cork & Fork a series of one-day immersive events where four sets of buyers rotate around four restaurants to learn more about food pairing and the wines themselves. Cork & Fork is one part of an ambitious programme of events this year that Enotria&Coe is running to help market key areas of the portfolio, particularly its Italian and Spanish producers, and to focus on producers’ shift toward lighter styles and more moderate alcohol levels. The Buyer’s Victor Smart joined the first gastronomic jaunt in London’s West End.

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    Giles James: choosing the wines stars drink at Groucho Club  

    There will be many individuals in the drinks industry who might have lost an afternoon or two in the Groucho Club – or other similar private institutions in the heart of London. But Giles James has a very good reason for hanging out amongst the great and good of the film, media and acting worlds as he is responsible for deciding which wines they enjoy whilst they do their mixing and mingling. A role he has now able to make even more his own under the recent new ownership of the Artfarm group that is quickly making its name as one of the most influential custodians of premium drinking and dining institutions across the country. He talks to Richard Siddle about what really goes on behind the scenes at the Groucho – at least when it comes to drinking wine. 

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    New faces and wines at new look Hallgarten & Novum tasting

    Although it is still early days for Hallgarten & Novum under the new ownership of Coterie Holdings, what was glaringly obvious at last week’s two-day portfolio tasting was how many new wine estates have been welcomed into the fold, and how many new wines were being shown for the first time. Vietti, Pelissero, Sylvain Debord and Ropiteau Frères were some of the new European producers while Leewuinkuil, Brown Brothers and Darren Rathbone’s three Australian wineries (including Yering Station) were some of the New World producers out of the 26 new agencies. The Buyer’s Peter Dean talked to the ‘new kids on the block’, tasted the wines and also highlighted some other new cuvées that caught his eye.

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    Why New Zealand has so much to offer the premium on-trade

    As we count down to the final of the Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer we turn our attention to the New Zealand category and talk to Chris Stroud, market manager for Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers about why it has supported the event from its first year. He explains how important the premium on-trade is to the New Zealand wine category and how the awards can help play an important role in shining the light on the diversity and quality of New Zealand wines.

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    The Furmint February tasting on January 29 is the start of a month of events celebrating Furmint

    Caroline Gilby on celebrating all of Hungary at Furmint February

    Join Wines of Hungary UK on February 27 for the sixth edition of the Furmint February trade tasting in the UK and a chance to take a deep dive into what Hungary’s most exciting white grape has to offer in all its forms: whether as a sparkling wine, a fresh, fruit-driven, or complex, age-worthy dry wine, or, of course, as one of the world’s greatest sweet wines. The event includes a sold out masterclass with Caroline Gilby MW who shares her thoughts on this ubiquitous grape variety. 

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