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    Richard Mark James: Goes on rosé journey through the Languedoc

    You wouldn’t be surprised to hear that most (over three-quarters) of what the Languedoc produces and sells is red wine.

  • Jerry Lockspeiser

    Jerry Lockspeiser on whether peer reviews are the best judge of all

    There is no doubt that ratings works.   A book I was thinking of buying has an average 4.7/5 stars from 565 reviewers on Amazon. A restaurant on trip advisor has a straight 5/5 from 490, and a red wine on Laithwaites’ site averages 4.4/5 amongst 439. These are not just marketing views invented by the owner’s partner and a few friends. These are things a LOT of people like.

  • Tasting Gaja's new vintage

    Justin Keay looks at new vintages from Gaja Brunello

    The release of a new vintage from the Gaja family can be pretty much guaranteed to cause a stir, given how highly regarded are their Nebbiolo and Sangioveses in the wine world. However the launch of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Pieve Santa Restituta has generated particular excitement, as the general consensus is that the wines are outstanding.

  • Languedoc

    Richard Mark James takes his pick of the Millésimes en Languedoc tasting

    Richard Mark James picks his favourites from the annual Millésimes en Languedoc tasting in Montpelier this month.

  • Taste Washington event at CenturyLink Field, Seattle

    Matthew Gaughan assesses the progress of US wines from Washington state

    The end of March saw over 6,000 people and 200 wineries attend Taste Washington in the event’s eighteenth year. Held at the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field stadium, it featured local wineries, beer and cider producers, restaurants, sommeliers, and chefs to celebrate the growing drink and food culture in the state.

  • Panos Kakaviatos

    En primeur whites: excellent vintage, but don’t overestimate the acidity

    A few years ago, I enjoyed a horizontal of the 2000 vintage of white Graves at Domaine de Chevalier and was struck at how some estates with higher acidities did better than others. 2000 was not a particularly successful vintage for whites. In contrast to 2014, the summer was too hot to produce vibrant wines and most were better enjoyed in their youth. So wines made from earlier picked grapes suited the vintage better – but that did not mean that the wines were necessarily very good. ...

  • Assessing Medoc blind

    En Primeur: Bordeaux 2014 is a classicist’s delight

    Based on barrel tastings, 2014 is a welcome vintage after two terribly average years (2011, a slightly better 2012) and one downright ugly (2013, except for the whites).It may remind old timers of 1975. After three mediocre vintages, finally something good came.

  • Sake glass

    Anna Greenhous: Do different rice varieties effect different styles and flavours of sake?

    Different grape varieties create distinctively different styles and flavours of wine, but can the same be said for different rice varieties with sake? Anna Greenhous investigates.

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Fresh Whites Replacing Traditional Aged Whites in Rioja?

04 May 2015 | By Marisa D'Vari

"Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo is by far our best selling white wine. We believe that the fruit that the Verdejo delivers along with its rich aromas can fit in the palate of consumers that enjoy the Sauvignon Blanc. Our Verdejo has successfully replaced Viura because of the fresh and fruity style that we have always put into our whites. Also, the American palate is ready to enjoy the uniqueness of the Verdejo. There was not a leading Verdejo producer in the US market until we arrive. We saw ...

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Australian Vintage to release new sparkler

01 May 2015 | Updated: 01 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Australian Vintage will be rolling out its new release McGuigan Frizzante at this year’s London Wine Fair in May.

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The strengthening of the UK economy could benefit wine and spirits sales in 2014

Euromonitor predicts global drinks industry volume will grow nearly 10% by 2019

05 May 2015 | By Erin Smith

New data on the alcoholic drinks industry from Euromonitor International found that despite total volume growth for 2014 remaining relatively unchanged (0.8%) for the second year in a row, the industry is expected to grow by more than 20b litres in the next four years.

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Wines from Rocca Di Montegrossi will be listed with Flint Wines from this month

Flint wines boost on-trade portfolio after partnering with Italian importer

06 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

n-trade wine importer Flint Wines is boosting its Italian wine range after adding Italian importer HS Fine Wines to its portfolio.


Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

06 May 2015 | By Erin Smith

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that “a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months” according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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Sainsbury's posts first loss in ten years

06 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Sainsbury’s has posted the first loss in more than ten years, but analysts agree the annual results are better than expectations.

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Chief of the Week: English Wine

01 May 2015 | By Claret Pimpernel

It may be a bit of a departure from our more traditional celebration of people in the wine and spirits industry that we choose to recognise English wines as this week’s Chief of the Week. But with the enormous success of English Wine over the past year it is a great opportunity to raise a glass of British sparkling fizz to the growing number of producers and their success stories.

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Chief of the Week: Ian Harris and the WSET

24 Apr 2015 | By Claret Pimpernel

We raise a glass to The Wine & Spirit Education Trust and chief executive Ian Harris today for all the work that they have been doing over the decades to educate both those in the trade and consumers about wine.

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Rowan Gormley

Chief of the Week: Rowan Gormley, new ceo of Majestic Wines

17 Apr 2015 | By Claret Pimpernel

Today we raise a glass to Rowan Gormley one of the key players behind the £70 million acquisition of Naked Wines by Majestic and the new chief executive of the larger Majestic Wines group.

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