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The Hunted

Stephen Forward: drinks industry under attack!

07 Nov 2014 | By Stephen Forward

If you thought fox hunting had been banned, think again. It appears the concept has just mutated. Some people still get a thrill from the chase, so while it may be illegal to hunt and kill bushy tailed carnivorous mammals using horns, dogs and horses, a new form of hunting has now evolved.

What's a hundred grand anyway?

Whatever happened to common sense?

28 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Forward

We've all heard the term “more money than sense”, haven’t we? Well, recently I was offered a case of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2011, at a mere £100,000 per dozen.

Piper-Heidsieck Chef de Caves Régis Camus’ 20th anniversary

23 Oct 2014 | By Marisa D'Vari

Mr. Camus joined Piper Heidsieck in 1994, quickly proving himself a master blender and taking an interest in every aspect of winemaking. "Style and quality are the result of many subjective decisions taken throughout the process as a whole, from harvesting right through to shipping. Therefore, one must be mult-italented, know what one wants and accept no compromise whatsoever as far as quality is concerned."

Wine Investment

It’s time wine investment was confined to the history books

15 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Forward

This year has seen a string of investment companies go to the wall. Misguided speculators are learning the hard way that the whole concept of wine as an investment class asset is little more than fool’s gold.

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Add Value

Add value to the supply chain, or move over!

09 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Forward

Little did I know back then, over forty years ago when I was just knee high to a grasshopper, how important my hobby was to the retail supply chain.

The Bay at night

A Tasting of BA's Club World Wines

08 Oct 2014 | By Gilbert Winfield

Wine tasting of BA's club class wines on a flight to and from San Francisco recently. The wine was good, the company fantastic, and the beds magnificent. Try it!

Pairing Madeira Wine with Fine Cuisine

07 Oct 2014 | By Marisa D'Vari

The evening offered a number of delightful surprises, showcasing how well Madeira can be paired with cuisine. For example, the foie gras pictured above was paired with not one but two wines, Hendriques & Hendriques 15 Anos (years) Verdelho, a drier style, as well as the sweeter Blandy's Malmsey 10 Anos. At the end of the pairing, Rui asked the group what they preferred, and most preferred the drier Verdelho yet it was a fun experiment.

Gilbert Winfield

Gilbert Winfield AIWS, BSc

I am a very experienced wine professional specializing in wine tasting presentation, wine writing, judging, and education. I have worked in wine for a long time in France, and briefly in Italy, and I now manage wine events, some educational, some more frivolous, all professionally organized. I’m a WSET Diploma holder, judge on the International Wine Challenge, a member of the Association of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers. Despite all this, my sense of humour remains as ...

Tori Hayes

Victoria Hayes | Sales Manager for Cruise

My interest in wine began as a naughty child stealing sips of wine from my parents’ glasses but really blossomed as the Sales Manager for a prestige nightclub in Chester. Selling everything from Vintage Dom Perignon to Barefoot Rose, I was determined to know more and try more than anyone else. Beginning my WSET training with a distinction and continuing now with the total certainty of being a Master one day soon.

John Barfield

John Barfield | Millenial Wineman

Turned passion into profession without looking back. I’ve now been part of the UK wine industry since 2012 account managing private clients wine requirements. Outside of my job role my employer has sponsored me to complete my WSET diploma by 2016.

Stephen Forward | Essentially Wine

Founder and owner of Essentially Wine Ltd established in 2004, and specializing in importing and retailing fine wines from small producers. Prior to that I spent 20 years in the IT industry, the last 13 or so living and working in Switzerland running a computer services company.

Karen Capey | Business development manager BWS

Karen Capey is business development manager for beers, wines and spirits and is a frank and fresh voice in the industry and would be the blogger. She’s got over 20 years experience working within the industry. She lives in Leicester, is warm social person and enjoys helping independent and bigger brands to reach their potential.

Karl Walton

Karl Walton | Hennings Wine Merchants

Growing up in a North-West council house with an outside toilet and a coal-shed rather than a wine cellar and a Mother and Father who, with the exception of Christmas never touched a drop of alcohol I was hardly destined for a career in the wine industry.

Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton | The Graped Crusader

Richard is a wine blogger and writer who writes for a number of publications including Birmingham Post, Browse Bullring and Find Wine as well as for his own website and blog at www.thegrapedcrusader.co.uk.

Marisa D'Vari

Marisa D'Vari | A Wine Story

An international wine judge. (IWC, IWSC) and fine wine writer (London’s FT, Meininger’s Wine Business International, South China Morning Post, SF Chronicle, and many others), D’Vari is also a candidate in the Institute of Master of Wine’s educational program.

Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston | Wine Muse

Lisa Johnston is a wine educator, writer and wine business consultant who has a fascination for wine - in the vineyard, in the bottle and in the glass. An avid traveller, her plan is to visit every wine region in the world. On her blog, she shares the best finds and thanks to the ever changing nature of the subject at hand - this may take a very very long time. See more of Lisa’s work on

Athila Roos

Athila Roos | Head Sommelier

Athila Roos originally came from a Marketing and Advertising background in his home city of Sao Paulo. Having settled in London in 2005, his interest in wine really took off when he started at Bibendum Wine where he managed a tasting club, got his accreditations from WSET and headed an internal marketing campaign which led the company to win the “International Wine Challenge Corporate Social Responsibility 2010” and “The Drinks Business UK Green Company of the Year”. In 2009 he became ...

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