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Christopher Delalonde wins UK Sommelier of the Year

Published:  29 April, 2010


Christopher Delalonde MS, sommelier with Sarment Wines, London, has been named as Champagne Piper-Heidsieck UK Sommelier of the Year 2010.

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Critics in danger of being "insulting", warns Tim Atkin

Published:  28 April, 2010

Critics who judge wines without visiting the country they come from are
"insane and insulting", according to Tim Atkin MW.

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Parker says parts of Bordeaux 09 are the best he has ever tasted

Published:  28 April, 2010

Robert Parker has revealed that that some wines of the wines in the 2009 Bordeaux vintage are the best he has ever tasted with 21 having the capacity to go on and score a perfect 100 points.

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Wildman sets up wine travel tours to Australia

Published:  28 April, 2010

A new travel company has been set up to provide bespoke wine trips to Australia for the wine trade.

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Bordeaux Index director launches Kiwi negociants

Published:  27 April, 2010

Vindico Negociants has begun operations as New Zealand's first negociant styled wine business that aims to help producers sell surplus stock.

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Wines in the Press, April 22-25

Published:  27 April, 2010

Guardian


Victoria Moore says after the 2000 budget, the average price of a bottle of wine was £3.62, the combined cost of duty and VAT was £1.70, leaving £1.92 for everything else. Today, with the average price at £4.35, the combined cost of duty and VAT is £2.34, leaving £2.01, for everything else.


"It doesn't take a mathematical or economic genius to work out that a decade's compound inflation on glass, shipping, labels, etc, not to mention the effect of sterling's recent collapse, is not going to be covered by 9p. Or that the main casualty is the money spent on the actual wine inside that average bottle," she adds.


The result is we're not drinking as well as we used to and it's supermarkets that are largely to blame for instilling the idea that wine should be evaluated on price, not taste, by piling it high, on special deals that reduce its value.


Moore says she can find you a decent bottle for £4, but adds, "oh, how much more pleasure, excitement and, yes, value, there could be in one costing a few pounds more."

 

The Times


Jane MacQuitty, says: "It's hell in the high street wine aisles." She explains, the Chancellor's increase in duty and sterling's poor exchange rate, have tipped supermarkets to breaking point.


But she does not feel sorry for them because wine continues to be a multimillion-pound business and the perfect vehicle for supermarkets seeking to lure us into their stores with the pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap wines.


She adds, the big four supermarkets have now gone a step farther, by attempting to woo wine drinkers with posh, dinner party- suitable ranges, a trend which she says is led by Tesco.


McQuitty has nothing good to say about Tesco's new limited-edition Style wines, which she says are aimed, at 'improving customers' understanding about wine'.

 

"This risible, dull, dirty, flabby and frequently sickly-sweet £4 foursome - entitled Cut Grass, Citrus Squeezer, Summer Pud and Jam Pot - are some of the nastiest wines I have tasted this year."


MacQuitty adds, "Whoever dreamt up this dross needs his head examined. Supermarket buyers may be feeling the heat but Britain's drinkers deserve much better."

 

Times


Tim Atkin, MW, says some of the most celebrated Riesling vineyards will be under threat if the politicians in Rheinland-Pfalz get their way by building the B50 between Wittlich and Longkamp that will include a 500ft (152m) road bridge over the Mosel River.


He says several issues are at stake. The first, according to Knut Aufermann of the Pro-Mosel pressure group (www.pro-mosel.de), is that the bridge is unnecessary and will waste millions of euros of German taxpayers' money.

 

The second, is about aesthetics, as the Mosel is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.

 

Thirdly is the potential damage to the fragile ecosystem, due to pollution and drainage.

 

Atkins says the silver lining is that Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, have focused people's attention on the unique qualities of Mosel Riesling.

 

Although, he adds, the proposed Mosel road bridge would undoubtedly affect the region, but the neglect of Riesling wine drinkers is arguably more damaging still.


Telegraph


Burgundy can be desperately confusing, admits Jonathon Ray, even though there might only be two grapes to consider - Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

 

He says there are a bewildering number of producers and négoçiants, all making very different wines of very different quality under identical village names.

 

Plus, he adds, things are not always what they seem.

 

He tried some wines from Beaune producer Nicolas Potel, only to discover he no longer owns Maison Nicolas Potel, but had sold and started all over again, this time with his own (shareholder-free) estate, Domaine de Bellene.

 

Highlights for Ray were the, "scented and elegant 2008 Volnay 1er Cru; a textured, savoury, mouth-filling 2008 Clos de Vougeot and an old vine 2008 Puligny Montrachet. These are Burgundies to watch and no mistake." says Ray.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd opens in Hong Kong

Published:  26 April, 2010

Berry Bros. & Rudd has opened its second fine wine store in Hong Kong.

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Independents are centre of debate at LIWF

Published:  26 April, 2010

How independent merchants can make the most of increased interest in their sector will be the subject of a Harpers seminar at the London International Wine Fair.

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Harpers to discuss UK's role in global wine market at LWIF

Published:  26 April, 2010

The UK's position in the global wine market will be the subject of the Harpers Debate at this year's London International Wine Fair.

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Fladgate releases single quinta ports

Published:  26 April, 2010

The Fladgate Partnership used St George's Day to announce the release of its 2008 single quintas from Taylor's, Croft and Fonseca.

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Fladgate releases 2008 ports

Published:  25 April, 2010

The Fladgate Partnership has announced the release of 2008 single quinta vintage ports from Taylor's, Croft and Fonseca.

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Rosemount campaign targets football widows

Published:  25 April, 2010

Rosemount is targeting football widows with a summer themed campaign across its portfolio of wines entitled Give Football the Yellow Card. 

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Debut New World collaboration at ProWein declared a success

Published:  22 April, 2010

The five member countries that collaborated under the Down to Earth@ProWein banner at the ProWein trade show in March, will repeat the partnership next year after it was declared a success.

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The Bordeaux Wine Council unveil £1m advertising campaign

Published:  22 April, 2010

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled a advertising campaign that aims to celebrate the natural relationship between Bordeaux wines and food.

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New management team for UK wine supplier

Published:  21 April, 2010

Ehrmanns has vacated its offices in Highbury, north London, after 22 years and moved to new premises in Primrose Hill, Regent's Park.

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Virgin celebrates 10 years in the trade

Published:  21 April, 2010

Virgin Wines is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of 10 exclusive offers over 10 days beginning at the end of the month.

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Published:  20 April, 2010

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Waitrose recruits new drinks chief from Tesco

Published:  20 April, 2010

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW has left Tesco to head up the BWS department at Waitrose.

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Global Brands launch new VK flavour

Published:  20 April, 2010

Global Brands Ltd, is investing £400k to launch a new fruit flavour for its RTD brand, VK.

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Wines in the Press- April 15-19

Published:  20 April, 2010

Guardian
From the 2010 vintage, Victoria Moore says the vin de pays classification will fully disappear and will instead be known as Indication de Géographique Protégée, IGP for short.

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