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An Independent View of The Great Sherry Festival

Published:  03 November, 2013

My thoughts, opinions and reaction to The Great Sherry Festival.

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Sandeman's WW2 sherry is returned home

Published:  25 October, 2013

A bottle of Sandeman Golden Oloroso Sherry from 1937 was returned home this week after spending more than 70 years in the US.

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First Sherry Trail to be held in London this month

Published:  09 October, 2013

The Sherry Institute of Spain is to hold its first Sherry Trail in designated London bars from October 14-27. 

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Port & Sherry Supplier Views

Published:  07 October, 2013

Views from: Jim Grierson, on-trade sales director, Maxxium UK (Harveys); Tony Brown MW, Boutinot (Wiese & Krohn Port); Anthony Habert, UK marketing manager, Sandeman Port; Mark Symonds, marketing controller, Port and Madeira, Fells (Symington Family Estates); Damian Carrington, sales and marketing director, Fields, Morris & Verdin (Lustau, Quinta de la Rosa); Jeremy Rockett, marketing director, González Byass; Jackie Brown, senior brand manager, Maisons, Marques et Domaines (Ramos Pinto); Andrew Hawes, managing director, Mentzendorff (Fladgate, Hidalgo).

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Port & Sherry Buyer & Sommelier Views

Published:  07 October, 2013

Views from: Gyles Walker, wine buyer, Morrisons; Hal Wilson, managing director, Cambridge Wine Merchants; Rémi Cousin, assistant head sommelier, the Fat Duck; Andrea Briccarello, head sommelier, Galvin La Chapelle.

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Douglas Blyde peruses the sherry list at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Published:  06 June, 2013

Meaning "dream" in Basque, "Ametsa" with Arzak Instruction opened two months ago in the site of what had arguably once been Europe's leading Thai restaurant - Nahm at The Halkin Hotel. Five employees made the crossover, joined by a full-time representative from Ametsa's triple-Michelin-starred Basque mothership, Arzak. Run by Juan Mari Arzak and daughter Elena, the latter maintained eighth position in Restaurant Magazine's World's 50 Best awards this year.

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Fortified wines: brimming with potential

Published:  03 June, 2013

As Port shows its resilience, premium sherry is gaining new ground as Spanish cuisine becomes ever popular. Richard Woodard assesses the fortified market

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Basset judge on sherry and food matching competition

Published:  12 March, 2013

UK sommelier and hotelier Gerard Basset OBE will be joining the judging panel of The Sherry Institute of Spain's bi-annual international food and sherry matching competition.

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My Choice: Beth Willard, Wine buyer, Laithwaite's

Published:  01 February, 2013

My current top wine from Laithwaite's is our new Peña Garnacha 2010 from the home of Garnacha, Calatayud. This is rich, full bodied and completely over-delivers at £8.99.

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How will you be changing your wine list this year?

Published:  24 January, 2013

As we go into 2013, we ask three industry sommeliers from Sketch, Coq d'Argent and Launceston Place how they'll be looking at changing their wine lists this year.

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González Byass holds first Birmingham Sherry Summit

Published:  21 January, 2013

González Byass UK is holding its first Birmingham Sherry Summit on January 23 in a bid to help spread the growing sherry revival to the Midlands.

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Chilean winery Undurraga switches distribution to Gonzalez Byass

Published:  20 December, 2012

Chilean winery Undurraga has switched agency from Moreno to Gonzalez Byass in the UK.

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Consumers face massive price hikes for Christmas drinks

Published:  18 December, 2012

Consumers are facing a massive price hike for their average Christmas drinks shop if government proposals on minimum pricing go ahead, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association has warned.

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How Champagne will be one of the cheapest parts of this year's Christmas dinner

Published:  10 December, 2012


Whilst the cost of much of our Christmas dinner has soared in the last five years, the average price of the cheapest bottle of Champagne is nearly 10% cheaper.

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Douglas Blyde on the Suntory Japanese whisky tastings taking place at Roast

Published:  02 November, 2012

Zoran Peric of Cellar Trends hosted a tasting of Japanese whiskies from Suntory as part of a series of masterclasses being held at London's Roast restaurant in the eaves of Borough Market. The tasting began with a pretty, tart "Shard Sour" invented by bar manager, Sebastien Guesdon. "Every barman wants to leave behind a legacy which survives them," said Guesdon, dispensing the subtly smoky Suntory Hakushu (pronounced "pronounced ?Hack-shoo") 12 year-old single malt blended with lemon juice, egg white, and cherry, which represents Japan's most celebrated blossom.

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González Byass puts in strong sales performance

Published:  26 October, 2012

González Byass has finished its financial year up with "really good growth on wine and Tio Pepe", says marketing director Jeremy Rockett.

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Liberty Wines appointed UK agent for Valdespino sherries

Published:  25 October, 2012

Liberty Wines has been appointed exclusive UK agent for Valdespino, one of the oldest Sherry bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera.

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At Your Service events - October and November

Published:  17 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events in October and November.

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'Liquid poetry?' - Robert Burns Single Malt

Published:  28 September, 2012

Scotch whisky producer, Isle of Arran Distillers, has just re-launched its Robert Burns Single Malt, a multi-vintage edition.

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Tony Laithwaite and Hugh Johnson discuss wine trends

Published:  28 September, 2012

Wine scoring and trends were two of the subjects discussed between Tony Laithwaite, head of Laithwaite's Wine, and wine writer Hugh Johnson at this year's Henley Literary Festival.

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