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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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Origin Wine launches 4%-abv wine-based drink

Published:  19 April, 2013

Origin Wine has launched a 50cl bottle of a 4%-abv wine-based drink designed to be served over ice.

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LIWF to relaunch as UK focused show in 2014

Published:  19 April, 2013

The London International Wine Fair is to announce radical changes for its 2014 event which will see it rebrand itself as domestic wine and spirits show primarily for the UK multiple and independent on and off-trades.

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Wine notes a turn-off, according to survey

Published:  19 April, 2013

Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine, according to a poll commissioned by Laithwaite's Wine.

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Harpers Debate line up for LIWF announced

Published:  18 April, 2013

Leading trade figures from all sectors of the industry will debate the most efficient way to buy wine for their business as part of the Harpers Debate at next month's London International Wine Fair.

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William Curley snaps up trophy for wine and dessert match

Published:  17 April, 2013

William Curley Dessert Bar in London has won the fourth edition of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy European final, which took place in Perpignan.

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California Summit 2013 lines up cream of trade

Published:  17 April, 2013

Harpers' inaugural California Summit on June 4 will feature a roll call of category experts to headline a day of debates, masterclasses, networking and focused tastings all designed to offer expert category insights and interactive feedback for those selling California wines in the UK trade.

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Ooberstock celebrates 1,000th customer

Published:  16 April, 2013

Amazon-style wholesaler Ooberstock has traded with its 1,000th independent free trade customer nine months after launching.

 

 

UK drinks distribution business, Ooberstock has just announced it has traded with its 1,000th independent free trade customer - after just nine months of launching.
The brainchild of a small team of industry professionals who are supported by logistics giant, KNDL, Ooberstock launched in June 2012 and operates an online ordering website in addition to its telesales operation. The Ooberstock model is straightforward, flexible, extremely cost effective and unique to the industry.
Arran Heal explains, "Since our launch last year, we have delivered simplicity, service and value to our customers and transparency to our suppliers creating, what we call, a wholesale revolution. The Ooberstock business has an unparalleled delivery network offering retailer selected delivery days, a range of payment options and most importantly a great range of products offering fantastic value.

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Symington Family Estates declares 2011 vintage

Published:  15 April, 2013

Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.

Text Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.

 

The company said its 2011 vintage Ports were of exceptional quality and expected to age superbly over the coming decades. It last declared a vintage in 2007 and 2003.

 

Distributor Fells is taking orders from this week and the wines will be available for shipment in early June.

 

"The 2011 vintage Ports have an exceptional depth of colour and concentration, rarely seen in the Douro and with marked minerality from the schistous Douro soil.

 

"The palate has superb balance, with a powerful and rich bitter-chocolate taste, in hand with wild berry fruit, supported by well-structured and schist-edged tannins that will give these wines the traditional longevity for which the great Vintage Ports are so famous," the company reported.

 

The 2011 vintage Ports represent a small proportion of the total production from the family owned vineyards. Graham's 2011 Vintage Port, for example, comprises 8,000 cases out of the 88,850 cases produced at the five Graham's vineyards.

 

In its harvest report Symingtons said a combination of strong winter rains in 2010, an unusually warm spring, August rainfall and sunny October contributed to the vintage declaration.

 

Last month Portuguese producer Sogrape announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the "greatest potential for ageing" than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman Ports.

 

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Wake-up call as poll reaveals most wine drinkers alienated by trade's descriptions

Published:  15 April, 2013

Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine.

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LIWF courts top sommeliers

Published:  15 April, 2013

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have announced plans to send VIP passes to 200 of the UK's top sommeliers this week.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Bancroft signs Remírez de Ganuza

Published:  15 April, 2013

Bancroft Wines has been appointed the exclusive UK agent for Rioja producer Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza.

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Champagne Ambassador's Awards open

Published:  12 April, 2013

The Champagne Bureau has called for members of the trade to nominate the UK's best wine educators in this year's Champagne Ambassador's Awards.

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