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  • Anna Greenhous

    Aged Sake Part 2: A range of style and techniques

    In the second part of our sake blog, Anna Greehhouse looks at styles and techniques of aged sake and looks beyond Japan to find them. 

  • Bordeaux

    Matthew Dickinson asks: Where has all the profit gone?

    Giving a talk at a recent WSET Business and Commercial Knowledge course gave Matthew Dickinson the opportunity to look at where the profit in wine has gone. Here he reflects on what he discovered:

  • Fresh Whites Replacing Traditional Aged Whites in Rioja?

    "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 ...

  • Naked wines

    A Majestic State of Nakedness

    A short blog reviewing the surprising news which saw Majestic acquire Naked Wines

  • Cape Mentelle

    Taste Test - A Cape Mentelle Double Act

    A review of the Sauvignon/Semillon 2014 and the Cabernet/Merlot 2013

  • Richard Siddle

    Harpers Wine without Siddle is like Top Gear without Clarkson

    Like many people, I was taken by complete surprise on Friday when the announcement came that Richard Siddle was leaving Harpers. When I read the news I felt like someone had just punched me in the stomach; I genuinely felt sick; and I felt I’d lost a true colleague and friend.

  • Happy Tampon

    Tampon tax – are you pulling my plonker?

    There’s no need to ask anyone in the drinks industry whether or not they’re fed up with the excessive tax on alcoholic beverages; this is a given! But ‘tampon tax’, really? Are you serious?

  • Asset Class

    Why is wine investment financially perilous?

    I have long argued that wine investment is nothing more than high risk speculation, and I am on record for questioning the risk versus return of this asset class. In response, Wine Investment insiders are not shy in voicing their disdain and contempt for my views. In their words “to say wine investment is not safe is naive beyond belief”. So who is right?

  • Wine Investment

    Myth: Wine investment is safe

    Truth: The wine investment industry want you to believe this, after all it’s in their financial interest that you buy into this belief, but try telling this to the clients that lost huge amounts of money in this unregulated market.

  • Wine Investment

    Ten dumb things to invest your money in

    Wine investment must surely be the dumbest of all things to risk your money on. But where does it stand in the top ten dumb things to bet on; where you’re sure to lose your money? Stephen Forward reveals his top ten dumb investment tips.

  • Discover Rhone: Meeting Producers & Making Contacts

    Though the Chapoutiers had their beginnings in Tain. Michel was quick to recognize the importance of the terroir – and eager to stop selling it to Guigal and put his own name on the label. Even more important, he wanted the wine he made to reflect the terroir, not any “style” of winemaking. So at the age of 24 in 1990 he was able to get a majority share in the family winery and the rest is history, with Michel owning vineyards in many places in France and the world.

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    The Beaumont: Very Hip New Hotel For Winelovers in London

    Like their collection of boutique restaurants, this hotel also has a theme - it is meant to evoke the elegance and personalized hospitality of pre-war Mayfair. Though I wasn’t around during that era, the hotel is extremely elegant and also extremely personalized. In some ways, one feels as if one is stepping inside a Merchant Ivory film. The uniforms are very evocative of some past era, and the gorgeously decorated interior is filled with pictures that seem to have captured the “popular” ...

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Brewdog Assembly

Jerry Lockspeiser: Brewing up a storm

16 Jun 2015 | By Jerry Lockspeiser

Companies with lots of shareholders shouldn’t have annual general meetings like this. Really. It’s dangerous stuff. It might change the way we think about doing business completely and forever. And we don’t want that. Or do we?

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Gilbert Winfield

Gilbert Winfield AIWS, BSc

13 Aug 2014 | By Gilbert Winfield

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

10 Jun 2014 | By Victoria Hayes

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

19 May 2014 | By Millennial_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

Stephen Forward | Essentially Wine

15 Apr 2014 | By Stephen Forward

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.

Karl Walton

Karl Walton | Hennings Wine Merchants

28 Oct 2013 | By Karl Walton

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

28 Oct 2013 | By Richard Saxton

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

25 Oct 2013 | By Marisa D'Vari

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

10 Oct 2013 | By Lisa Johnston

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

10 Oct 2013 | By Athila Roos

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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