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Space for UK buyer on German wine trip

Published:  26 April, 2013

This May the German Wine Institute is running a trip for international wine buyers and importers looking to extend their portfolio of German wines.

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English Wine Producers welcomes new members

Published:  25 April, 2013

As its annual trade and press tasting approaches, English Wine Producers has announced the addition of two new members - Henners and Bluebell, both in East Sussex.

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Su Birch to leave Wines of South Africa

Published:  25 April, 2013


Su Birch is to resign from her position as chief executive of Wines of South Africa at the end of September.

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Angostura launches world's most expensive rum

Published:  24 April, 2013

A mere 20 decanters of Legacy have been produced, just two are available in the UK and the rum sports a price...

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Beefeater to challenge consumers with premium gin

Published:  24 April, 2013

Beefeater has announced plans to launch a unique hand-crafted, ultra-premium gin in June, designed to challenge the way...

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Maxxium UK launches Jim Beam RTD

Published:  24 April, 2013

Maxxium UK has announced plans to launch Jim Beam Lime Splash in the UK, following its successful reception in Germany.

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Top trade panel lined up to discuss upcoming wines at Emerging Regions Tasting

Published:  24 April, 2013


Harpers Emerging Regions Tasting on May 1 will kick off with an industry debate featuring key buyers from both the on and off-trades who will discuss the opportunities wines from up-and-coming countries and regions have in their businesses.

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Angostura launches world's most expensive rum

Published:  24 April, 2013

The world's most expensive rum, Legacy by Angostura, designed to celebrate 50 years of independence in Trinidad, has been launched in the UK.

 

A mere 20 decanters of Legacy have been produced, just two are available in the UK and the rum sports a price tag of US$25,000.

 

The 50cl decanters are composed of crystal and silver, and were handcrafted by Asprey of London, and the spirit itself is comprised of seven Angostura rums, each with a minimum age of 17 years.

 

John Georges, Angostura master distiller, said: "Legacy is the ultimate expression of Angostura rum. We set out to create the greatest sipping rum ever produced and we believe we have achieved something that is both unique and unequalled."

 

He described the rum as "crystal-polished dark oak in colour, with bronze and gold highlights. It enters the palate with sweet, dried fruit flavours and, as it fills the mouth with warmth, the notes become nutty and spicy. The finish is long with trailing flavours of orange zest and oak."

 

A limited amount of the exclusive rum will be available by the glass at Salvatore at Playboy in London and one decanter is available through Burn Stewart Distillers.

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Fladgate Partnership declares 2011 vintage on St George's Day

Published:  23 April, 2013

The three Port houses belonging to the Fladgate Partnership have chosen today, St George's Day, to declare the 2011 vintage.

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Prince Harry to join Team Glenfiddich on Antarctic trek

Published:  23 April, 2013

Prince Harry has announced he will join Team Glenfiddich, an expedition group comprised of wounded service personnel, in a 335km trek to the South Pole in December.

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Armit adds four wine estates to portfolio

Published:  23 April, 2013

Following a strategic review of the business, London-based Armit Wines has announced the addition of four estates to its portfolio.

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Armit adds four wine estates to portfolio

Published:  22 April, 2013

Following a strategic review of the business, London-based Armit Wines has announced the addition of four estates to its portfolio.

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Arran Distillers to launch oldest malt whisky to date

Published:  22 April, 2013

Independent Scotch whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers has just launched its oldest malt.

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Beefeater gin launches limited edition London bottle

Published:  22 April, 2013

Thousands of Londoners have contributed towards the design of a new limited edition gin bottle that has been launched by Beefeater.

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Jascots to boost its range with organic wines

Published:  22 April, 2013

Specialist on-trade wine merchant Jascots has introduced two new organic wines to its range from the southern Rhône valley.

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Katherine Canfield takes a study road trip through the Rhône

Published:  22 April, 2013

As MSc wine business students, it is in our best interest to have as broad a perspective as possible when it comes to understanding different wine regions and how international markets are perceived. Although I've visited various wine regions throughout Europe, I had yet to experience, first-hand, a French wine region outside my home base of Burgundy. It was time for a road trip.

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Douglas Blyde discovers 'super Rhône' producer Chêne Bleu

Published:  22 April, 2013

Lizzie Shell of boutique "Super Rhône" producer, Chêne Bleu, demonstrated the versatility of its output at North African restaurant, Momo, in Piccadilly, London recently.

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Austria's Leithaberg DAC starts exporting to UK

Published:  22 April, 2013

Austria's most recent DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) the Leithaberg region is now exporting some of its wines to the UK.

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California Summit

Published:  19 April, 2013

 

Are you a UK drinks buyer who would like to learn more about premium California wines and how to maximise the category's opportunities and potential returns for your business?

 

Join category champions James Doidge, James Hocking, Mark Andrew, Vanessa Cinti, Christian Jacobsen and Robin Copestick, along with major industry shapers like Ian Anderson, Andrew Shaw, Tony Allen and Lucy Clements, plus consultants including Andrew Marsden and Neil Bruce, to debate the opportunities, challenges and future of the California wine category.

 

The California Summit has been designed to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to help maximise the business opportunities offered by the category and also to reveal why now is a fantastic time to look anew at premium California wines.

 

Bringing together research-backed category insights, sector-specific industry debate forums, on- and off-trade focused masterclasses, themed tasting zones, plus a rare opportunity to try the latest generation of cutting edge wines, the California Summit will offer an unparalleled opportunity to assess and play a part in the opportunities, challenges and future of these wines in the UK trade.

 

The Summit promises to be the most exciting and insightful California-focused event of the year, with its structured but interactive sessions offering a fantastic opportunity to further category understanding and apply this knowledge in growing your California portfolio sustainably as a profitable part of your portfolio.

 

The California Summit is free to attend for UK drinks buyers.

Date: Tuesday 4th June 2013

Venue: No. 11 Cavendish Square, London

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view the California Summit AGENDA and timings for the day click here.

 

To view the California Summit SPEAKERS click here.

 

If you are a Californian producer or brand owner and are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Freddie Johnson, Business Development Manager on 01293 846514 or email freddie.johnson@wrbm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Summit Details - Agenda

Published:  19 April, 2013

 

 

Agenda

 

The California Summit 2013 will open at 9.30am for coffee and registration.

 

 

Taste icon wines from California and explore themed self-pour tastings in the Orangery:

Affordable California

Premium Brands

Cult Classics

Regional and Cool-climate Pinot Noir

The Pleasures of Zin

Rhône Rangers

Sensational Chardonnay

Aromatic and Off-piste Whites

Individual and Off-piste Reds

 

 

The opening research session and debates will take place in the Burdett Theatre as follows:


10am-11.15am

California Wine: The Category Overview

'Assessing California's UK stakeholding'
A category insight session with research leaders, chaired by Richard Siddle, representing Harpers

Key speakers include:
John McLaren - Director, Wine Institute of California
Andrew Marsden - Brand consultant
Ian Anderson - Commercial development director and head of insight, Accolade Wines

David Beech - Business development director, Brand View

 

12.15pm-1.30pm

Converts vs Cynics - The Big Players' Debate

'The benefits and challenges of embracing California'
Key speakers include:
Robin Copestick - Copestick Murray and Cornerstone US Wine Imports
Andrew Shaw - Head of buying, Bibendum
Lucy Clements - Product development manager for wine, Tesco
Eileen Ginger - Wine buyer, Whitbread
Tony Allen -
Category purchasing manager, Matthew Clark
Keith Isaac MW - General manager, Patriarche Wines

 

3pm-4.15pm

Converts vs Cynics - The Premium View

'Can California deliver for independents and restaurants?'
Key speakers include:
Alex Hunt MW - Purchasing director, Berkmann Wine Cellars
Vanessa Cinti - Head sommelier/buyer, Cut at 45 Park Lane
James Hocking - Director, Vineyard Cellars (the Vineyard at Stockcross)
Christopher Delalonde MS - Head sommelier, Boundary Restaurant
Damian Carrington - Sales and marketing director, Fields, Morris & Verdin
Neil Bruce -
Wine margin optimiser, Studio Alto
Philip Amps - Director, Amps Fine Wine
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Chuck Cramer - Wine consultant, C Cramer Wine Consultancy

 

 

The masterclass sessions will take place in the Maynard Theatre as follows:

 

11.30am-12.15pm

Terroir and cutting-edge wines - Diversity masterclass

Hosted by: Mark Andrew - Senior buyer, Roberson Wine


2.15pm-3pm

California for your business - Independent retailers' masterclass

Hosted by: James Doidge - Managing director, Wine Treasury


4.30pm-5.15pm

California for your business - On-trade masterclass

Hosted by: Christian Jacobsen - Head sommelier and operations manager, MASH


Please note that masterclass places are limited and will be treated on a first come, first served basis. We therefore recommend you arrive early to ensure you are able to attend your chosen session(s).

 

 

Click here for more information about our SPEAKERS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The California Summit at a glance

 

The California Summit
4th June 2013

NO. 11 Cavendish Square, London

TIME

TASTING ROOM
Orangery

DEBATES & SEMINARS

Burdett Theatre

MASTERCLASSES

Maynard Theatre

SESSION

SPEAKERS


9.30

The California Summit opens for coffee and registration

10.00-11.15


California Wine: The Category Overview

'Assessing California's UK stakeholding'

John McLaren
Andrew Marsden
Ian Anderson
David Beech
Richard Siddle


11.15-11.30

Coffee break

11.30-12.15



Terroir and cutting-edge wines - Diversity masterclass

12.15-13.30

Converts vs Cynics - The Big Players' Debate

'The benefits and challenges of embracing California'

Robin Copestick
Andrew Shaw
Lucy Clements
Eileen Ginger
Tony Allen
Keith Isaac, MW


13.30-14.15

Lunch

14.15-15.00



California for your business - Independent retailers' masterclass

15.00-16.15

Converts vs Cynics - The Premium View

'Can California deliver for independents and restaurants?'

Alex Hunt MW
Vanessa Cinti
James Hocking
Christopher Delalonde MS
Damian Carrington

Neil Bruce
Philip Amps
Chuck Cramer


16.15-16.30

Coffee break

16.30-17.15



California for your business - On-trade masterclass

17.30

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