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    Justin Keay finds much to discover at London's annual New Zealand tasting

    First impressions count for much and so it was this week at the 2015 Annual Wines of New Zealand Trade Tasting. The unremarkable, ever so slightly claustrophobic Lindley Hall – which seems to host almost all generic tastings these days – was absolutely packed; within seconds of grabbing my glass I found myself firmly wedged into a crowd that reminded me of my student days of catching public transport in India.

  • Roger Jones of the Harrow at Little Bedwyn

    Roger Jones concludes his South African tour with a clarion call to the UK to stock up!

    The South Africa wine industry generally seems to be fighting a battle to persuade the UK that it produces not only premium quality wines but that they deserve a higher price for these wines. Having seen one notable exchange between a formidable UK Importer and equal South African producer regarding prices it would seem that not all is rosy in the Cape garden.

  • Jones had the chance to enjoy a 1969 Lanzerac Pinotage with Anthony Hamilton Russell

    Roger Jones' South African journey covers sublime Pinotgate and bush vine Chardonnay

    First visit of the day was not the usual looking winery, but a bungalow in the middle of a housing estate; Thorne and Daughters, and sadly the daughters were too busy to meet me as they were both attending primary school!

  • Investment is paying off at Burgundy's Chateau de Santenay

    Geoffrey Dean on why Burgundy's Chateau de Santenay is a winery to watch

    The trade’s annual Burgundy tastings in London may be over, but in 12 months time when the 2014 vintage is tasted, Chateau de Santenay is hoping it can show a significant improvement in its wines following a massive investment in the winery last year. The Credit Agricole-owned operation, which has 91 hectares under vine in the Cote d’Or and Cote Chalonnaise, has benefited from expenditure on new state-of-the art vinification equipment to the tune of 5 million euros, nearly all of it ...

  • Miles Beale

    Miles Beale: how you can help secure a 2% cut in alcohol duty

    Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, sets out the steps everyone involved in the UK drinks industry can play their part in convincing the Chancellor to a 2% drop in alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget

  • Some picks from Roger Jones wine tour of South Africa

    Roger Jones finds gold in them thar hills of Stellenbosch

    Over the last 18 months many ‘British Agents’ have been trawling through Stellenbosch looking for gold, whether it be in the ‘golden triangle’ off the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain or further up the Devon Valley. Investment has certainly been key to many of the new star farms (wineries), not only in money but time with some of these ‘new’ farms now some 10 years old. Botanica Sadly the name ...

  • Duck bon bon, parsnip puree, duck tea.

    Roger Jones: how South Africa came out top in Michelin challenge with Australian wines

    Last Friday evening I hosted a wine dinner for 80 of Cape Town’s top foodie and wine crowd, press and the cream of the Cape’s wine makers. The aim of the dinner was to challenge South Africa top wines against Australia’s, served blind, matched with Michelin star food. After each course each person voted for their favourite wines. The results are listed below with the food match, there are some surprising results especially for Australia. Organising the ...

  • Reka Haros

    Reka Haros: why wineries need to go direct to their consumers

    Reka Haros of the Sfriso Winery in Italy explains why she changed her business model, cut out the middle men and took her wines straight to consumers in their homes


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Craig Durham

Buckingham Schenk to ramp up on-trade focus with Argentinian wine brand

22 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Buckingham Schenk is planning to ramp up its foothold on the on-trade with new Argentinian wine brand Phebus, sister brand of its star off-trade performer Vinalba.

Craig Durham

Q&A: Buckingham Schenk's new MD Craig Durham outlines his plans Subscription

22 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Newly-appointed managing director of wine supplier Buckingham Schenk Craig Durham takes up the role on February 1. He is the current sales director at the firm and replaces Jon Pepper MW, who is moving to Enotria. Here he shares his plans, current successes, how to expand on brand ranges, and why he’d love to see Swiss wines in the UK.

Vagabond Wines

Wine merchant Vagabond secures third site

22 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Independent London wine merchant Vagabond has secured its third site – in Old Spitalfields Market – and is planning to ramp up fundraising to open two to three new stores per year.

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The Thinking Drinkers celebrating "legends of liquor"

The Thinking Drinkers look to celebrate "legends of liquor" in new Soho show

22 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

The world of drinks has been blessed with some maverick and memorable figures over the years all of which will be celebrated as part of a new show by the Thinking Drinkers, otherwise known as drinks writers Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland.

Farr Vintners, Berry Bros & Rudd and Majestic are calling on Bordeaux for better trading terms

Top British importers and merchants unite to call for better prices from Bordeaux

23 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Some of the biggest wine importers, distributors, brokers and retailers in the country, including Majestic, Berry Bros & Rudd and Farr Vintners, have written to Bordeaux producers to demand changes in pricing of wines being offered to the UK.

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Just look at those fingers move: Richard Hemming on the keys

Chief of the Week: Skin Côntact's Richard Hemming

23 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Drum roll please for our Chief of the Week who is the man behind the wine industry’s very own rock band, Skin Côntact, that has been brought together to not only bring some much needed entertainment for the drinks trade but to help raise money for Comic Relief.

Fever Tree ginger beer

Fever-Tree boosted by second half results up by nearly 50%

23 Jan 2015 | By Erin Smith

Fever-Tree, the premium mixer company, announced yesterday a strong financial performance in the second half of 2014, with sales expected to rise 43% and revenue to grow 49% to £34.7 million.

New Zealand's Annual Trade Tasting 2015

Justin Keay finds much to discover at London's annual New Zealand tasting

23 Jan 2015 | By Justin Keay

First impressions count for much and so it was this week at the 2015 Annual Wines of New Zealand Trade Tasting. The unremarkable, ever so slightly claustrophobic Lindley Hall – which seems to host almost all generic tastings these days – was absolutely packed; within seconds of grabbing my glass I found myself firmly wedged into a crowd that reminded me of my student days of catching public transport in India.

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