It was standing room only at Southwark Cathedral this morning for a thanksgiving service for the man who “built the Bollinger brand” in the UK, Simon Leschallas.Commenting more generally on his character, Gore Browne said, “You only had to meet Simon once and you knew you had a friend for life.
There was an interesting article published earlier this week from Wine Searcher entitled: ‘Burgundy Price Demise Rumours Exaggerated’.2% in average price across the past five years.
17th October, 2019 by Arabella Mileham UK discounter Aldi is launching an online wine course for shoppers comprising a free-to-download online course and tutorial, which is says will make will make the wine aisle “less baffling” for consumers.The ‘Aldi-ploma’ claims to be the first supermarket wine course of its kind in the UK which offers “price-tag and pressure-free learning” to help consumers learn how to taste wine, help them navigate red and white grape varieties and how to pick their favourite wines by region.
The wine course aims to help its customers discover the best ways to taste wine as well as helping them get to grips with their red and white grape varieties, and learning to pick their favourites by region.Rewind twenty years and I was just a wine lover with none of the technical knowledge I have now.
Sommeliers and bartenders should be able to recommend non-alcoholic beverages to pair with food just as they can with wine, beer or spirits, according to the next generation of drinks entrepreneurs.Meanwhile, sales of low ABV alternatives to wine, beer, and spirits have grown rapidly in recent years, although still make up less than 5% of the alcoholic drinks market.
Entering its 12th edition, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7 to 9 November.The 2019 Wine & Spirits Fair will feature some 20 international group pavilions from wine-producing regions, trade organisations and governmental bodies looking to promote their products.
16th October, 2019 by Phoebe French The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally granted the US authorisation to implement tariffs on a number of goods made in the EU, including wine, Scotch, Irish whiskey and liqueurs.At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 14 October, members of the WTO formally gave the US permission to impose tariffs on the EU following a dispute over Airbus.
2nd October, 2019 by Edith Hancock Drinks giant Pernod Ricard will merge its two French businesses, Ricard and Pernod, next year, which would lead to 280 jobs being open to voluntary redundancy.It said that group sales in France have fallen by €60 million (US$65 million) in the past two years.
Clive Donaldson, senior wine sourcing manager, Morrisons, said: “Our The Best wine collection is something we are enormously proud of.Our passionate and expert team source wines of exceptional quality from the world’s best producers, including Lyme Bay.
A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements.“As a wine industry we have probably been a little bit too subdued on this matter,” says Doyle.
No-one should be in any doubt that the US is an important buyer of fine wines from around the world.Suffice to say Piedmont and Tuscany can breathe a sigh of relief, and this makes the recent Liv-ex report into the fine wines of Italy particularly opportune.
11th October, 2019 by Phoebe French The team behind Bottles in Spitalfields and Bottles & Battles in Elephant & Castle are to open a third site in London, this time in Chelsea.Like their existing bars, the wine list will focus on small producers and natural wine with a strong Italian offering, paired with a selection of small plates.
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker says wine blending ‘is similar to how I create fragrances’
She’s doing back-to-back phoners and is, presumably, still reeling slightly from a busy night; the official launch party for her new wine, Invivo X.The company also looks after Graham Norton’s wine label, which includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and, most recently, a Prosecco.
7th October, 2019 by Rupert Millar Alpina Wines, the sister company to Alpina Automobiles, is putting up a selection of its fine wines for sale in Geneva this November.As a distributer and brokerage business, Alpina is one of Germany’s leading fine wine merchants and has been the German agent for the likes of Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) and Château Montelena since the 1980s.
4th October, 2019 by Phoebe French Actor and director Dominic West has joined the line up on the third series of The Wine Show, presenting alongside Matthew Goode, Matthew Rhys, James Purefoy, Amelia Singer, Jaega Wise and Joe Fattorini.Commenting on his involvement in the programme, West said: “When I was asked if I would like to join the Wine Show team recording in Portugal, trying some amazing wines, I couldn’t think of any reasons to say no!
3rd October, 2019 by Rupert Millar The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 recoiled slightly in September after several months of small gains.The index is currently running flat after drifting in the first quarter before a small rally from June to August.
3rd October, 2019 by Lucy Shaw Napa Valley-based Delicato Family Wines has acquired the V2 Wine Group as part of the firm’s ongoing shifting focus towards high-end wines.As reported by the North Bay Business Journal, Delicato first invested in the V2 Wine Group in 2017, and a year later moved the company’s offices from Sonoma to Delicato’s base in Napa, with founders Dan and Katy Leese at the helm.
3rd October, 2019 by Alice Liang Initially scheduled to run from 31 October to 11 November, the 11th edition of Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has been called off by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) due to the recent political protests.Debuted in 2009, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is one of the largest consumer wine and food events in Asia.
3rd October, 2019 by Patrick Schmitt The Wine Show Chelsea, which runs from 18-20 October this year, will include a selection of the highest-scoring wines from the Global Wine Masters, be they top Tuscan reds, delicious Marlborough whites or some of the greatest organic wines being made today.Selected by myself from across our competition series, the table of wines all picked up a Gold medal at one of db’s competitions, which sees Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers blind-taste samples by grape variety, style, and, for certain famous wine producing areas, by region too.
3rd October, 2019 by Rupert Millar The US has announced it will raise the tariffs on a wide array of products from Europe, including wine and Scotch whisky, by 25% as it retaliates over subsidies given to Airbus.5 billion following subsidies given to aerospace group Airbus by EU members at the expense of US company Boeing.