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.
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.
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!
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.
It‘s an all too familiar problem Indies face. You sell out of wine, so you phone or email your supplier to order some more. The wine arrives from bond, DPD. You unpack the boxes and place the bottles on your shelves. Low and behold, within a few days you've sold the bulk of the wine you've just received. You’re a happy little wine merchant! At least you are for now.
At first handshake, Cristobal is very friendly, forthcoming, and extremely creative when it comes to his stories about how he grows, blends, and matures wine on the 1,000 hectare estate, with just 120 ha suitable for planting.
A visit to California to stay with friends in Santa Clara, just south of San Francisco, started with the principle that this was a wine drinking, not wine tasting trip. No vineyard visits, just barbecues, some sightseeing, and a bit of healthy imbibing. So of course, when we realised that our friends lived about 20 minutes away from Ridge Vineyards, we called and made an appointment straight away. For my sins, I worked for Steven Spurrier in the early 80s while his wine ‘empire’ was still ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 ...