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Sparkling wine grows up fast

Published:  05 April, 2013

The sparkling wine category has made serious headway in the UK in recent years. Andrew Catchpole looks at what's next

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Closures: Wine and prejudice

Published:  05 April, 2013

Which closure should seal a wine bottle is still a hotly debated issue as the latest innovations come to light, as Catherine Quinn reports

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My Choice: Greg Sherwood MW, Handford Wines

Published:  05 April, 2013

Seeing as I do 95% of the cooking at home, and I have recently developed a craving for risottos of all types, I've found that a lightly chilled bottle of Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gravonia Crianza Rioja Blanco 2003 goes down like a homesick mole.

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Christina Pickard meets biodynamic winemaker Alvaro Espinoza

Published:  04 April, 2013

In a country where the majority of wines are made industrially and conventionally, Alvaro Espinoza is something of an oddity in Chile - albeit an extremely successful one.

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German wine stocks are at an all-time low

Published:  04 April, 2013

German wine stocks are at their lowest ever levels since reunification, with high demand also driving up prices.

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Pernod Ricard's '1,000 Londoner' Beefeater bottle

Published:  03 April, 2013

A Beefeater limited edition bottle featuring photos from 1,000 people who entered the gin's MyLondon competition last...

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World of wine heads to ProWein 2013

Published:  24 March, 2013

ProWein 2013 opened today in Düsseldorf looking to cement its increasingly respected position as the...

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Brancott Estate anticipates quality vintage

Published:  15 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following a disappointing harvest last year.

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Brancott anticipates quality vintage

Published:  15 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following...

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London International Wine Fair will be "solid event" say organisers

Published:  12 March, 2013

The London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

TextThe London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

 

A large number of UK agents have committed to the fair, which runs from May 20 to 22. They includepositive that 2013 will be a solid event: 10 International, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, Argento, Bancroft, CyT UK, Copestick Murray, DGB, Distell, Gonzalez Byass, Hatch Mansfield, J E Fells, Lanchester, Les Grands Chais de France, Myliko, Off Piste, Seckford's and Treasury Wine Estates.

 

Last week Liberty Wines joined Enotria and Bibendum in confirming that they would not be exhibiting at the fair this year.

 

"Whilst we are undeniably disappointed that some agents won't be taking part this year, we still have a broad spectrum of exhibitors signed up, including a number of the UK's best agents and importers. In addition, there will be many hundreds of smaller producers coming - many seeking UK representation for the first time - and who collectively reflect what the show has always been about, that sense of discovery," said show director Ross Carter.

 

"Come May, we will see over 10,000 buyers and key influencers descend on London's ExCeL, many of them from the independent and on-trade sectors that exhibitors are increasingly keen to court. We are working hard to ensure their attendance through a combination of providing strong content whilst assisting with travel bursaries, Oyster card incentives and voucher giveaways."

 

Jeremy Rockett, Gonzalez Byass UK marketing director said the show is what you make of it. "We pack the diary with appointments, organise exciting events on our stand, attend seminars and talks, and we keep an eye out for those opportunities that always seem to pop up from being at the show. With the new format, we're looking forward to welcoming more on trade visitors as well as our usual customers and friends," he said.

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Chile puts faith in virgin terroir

Published:  01 March, 2013

In the second instalment of our Chile focus, Laura Heywood meets the winemakers exploring new territory in a bid to push terroir-driven wines

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Q&A: Gaia Gaja, Head of global wine sales, Gaja

Published:  01 March, 2013

Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja, celebrated winemaking owner of the leading Italian brand, is in charge of global markets for the family's wines. Geoffrey Dean caught up with her at the winery in Barbaresco

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Penfolds releases 2013 Bin Collection

Published:  01 March, 2013

Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.

Text Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.

 

A total of eleven wines were released on Friday, including 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (rrp £50), 2010 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon (£48), 2010 Bin 150 Barossa Shiraz (£46) and 2010 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz (£22).

 

"Buyer beware of vintage pronouncements and superlatives. However, relax with 2010. Arguably Penfolds finest since 1990," said chief winemaker Peter Gago.

 

The 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was the "Bin 389 we've been waiting for," Gago added.

 

In total the 2013 Penfolds Bin Series covers three vintages, with the 2012 white wine vintage said to offer intensity of flavour and fruitfulness. "The white wines from this release - Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling and Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay - will be able to be enjoyed early, but also look to have longevity," said senior white winemaker Kym Schroeter.

 

Meanwhile 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz has scored a perfect 100 points in the Australian Report in the Wine Advocate. The score was awarded by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.

 

"Deep purple-black in colour, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+" Perrotti-Brown wrote.

 

The 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz will be released to the market on May 1.

 

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Jacob's Creek launches True Character campaign

Published:  19 February, 2013

Jacob's Creek has released a new series of short films called the True Character Series in a campaign that includes...

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Rioja enjoys record export highs

Published:  19 February, 2013

The DOCa Rioja has kept its sales over 355 million bottles for the third year in a row, with exports growing by 5.5%, offsetting the decline in sales in Spain.

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Brancott Estate releases first limited edition Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  18 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has launched the first limited edition Sauvingon Blanc for its Brancott Estate brand.

TextPernod Ricard has launched the first limited edition Sauvingon Blanc for its Brancott Estate brand.

 

It has bottled 3,500 individually numbered limited edition bottles of Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 with an rrp of £35.

 

The release is the culmination of a Brancott's "icon project" which examined the world's top Sauvignon Blancs with an aim of challenging New Zealand's winemaking and viticulture practices to produce a different expression of Malborough Sauvington Blanc that could "sit alongside icons from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire."

 

The grapes which were chosen to produce an age-worthy wine that delivers great palate length and will slowly evolve over the coming ten years.

 

"Our understanding of complex and age-worthy natural aroma compounds of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, together with our learnings of the soil types on Brancott Vineyard, has given us a unique opportunity to create this prestigious wine - the pinnacle of our winemaking," said Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate's chief winemaker.

 

"This project has been, and will continue to be, a long journey of discovery, involving many people working together to challenge every step of New Zealand's winemaking and viticulture practices from the past four decades. The release of Brancott Estate Chosen Rows is testament to our on-going commitment to Marlborough and our pioneering vision, which led us to create the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc nearly 40 years ago."

 

Retailers interested in stocking the wine should contact Pernod Ricard on 020 8538 4484.

 

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Jacob's Creek launches low-alcohol rosé

Published:  15 February, 2013

US wine giant Jacob's Creek has launched low-alcohol Summer Blush, at 5.5% abv, just in time for the summer months.

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Matthew Clark to distribute Bodegas Baigorri

Published:  15 February, 2013

Wholesaler Matthew Clark, has taken on the UK agency for Bodegas Baigorri, securing exclusive distribution rights in the UK on and off-trade.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced the winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced its winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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