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Champagne faces off against sparkling Riesling

Published:  07 May, 2024

Champagne’s supremacy was put through its paces last week when it went head to head with a ‘lost and forgotten world-class category’ of sparkling wines in a blind tasting.


The Wine Society launches ‘world first Austrian en primeur’ campaign

Published:  15 April, 2024

Following its first in-bond offer of Austrian wine in 2020 consisting of two Schloss Gobelsburg wines, The Wine Society has launched a ‘world first, en primeur campaign’ with five Kamptal and Kremstal producers and 14 wines.


How the world opened to Austria

Published:  26 February, 2024

Justin Keay talks to the cutting-edge producers taking Austria away from a somewhat checkered past and into the future.


The Wine Barn welcomes two new agencies into the fold

Published:  27 September, 2023

Leading specialist importer The Wine Barn has expanded its portfolio of German wineries with the addition of Grans-Fassian and Jürgen Ellwanger.


Taste-Off: Coming around to Riesling

Published:  31 July, 2023

The trade returns to the Riesling conundrum time and again, but our Taste Off panel detected signs of change with respect to this consumer-bewildering variety. Andrew Catchpole reports from a lively session at 9 Vines in Hove.


Vintage 2022 put Austrian winegrowers 'through their paces'

Published:  06 March, 2023

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has released its assessment of last year's vintage, highlighting the “unusual weather conditions that certainly put Austrian winemakers through their paces.”


Finding the ‘perfect’ English sparkling wine glass

Published:  30 January, 2023

Designing the best glass with which to serve a particular style of wine has long been the mission for the Riedel family, which has built a glass-blowing empire out of pinpointing the precise dimensions for higher end drinks receptacles. And having a bespoke vessel to deliver the best expression of your wine arguably suggests you have ‘arrived’, confirming a seat at the top table. A position English sparkling wine took a step closer to last week.


Long read: Checking in with Czechia

Published:  21 December, 2022

Fresh from Moravia, David Furer finds a new wave of modernity delivering much promise in an old region.


Flying the flag for German wine

Published:  04 October, 2022

In 2021, the German wine culture garnered newfound global attention after it was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Committee of Experts at UNESCO cited German wine culture as welcoming and vibrant, an adaptable tradition “firmly anchored in German society”, while highlighting its positive social and cultural aspects. In Germany, as elsewhere, wine culture has determined the rhythm of life of people in winegrowing regions for centuries. This gave rise to numerous customs, seasonal festivals and a vocabulary
of its own, as well as familiar phrases such as “pouring pure wine”, which means to tell the truth.


The evolution of Chile

Published:  23 September, 2022

Just 10 years ago Chile was still talking about emerging regions in its push to communicate diversity and move on from its somewhat ‘safe and reliable’ image. This has fast changed, with a steady drip feed of generic-backed tastings focusing on ancestral and alternative varieties, from resurgent País to a host of contenders as varied as Semillon and Cinsault, Moscatel, Mourvèdre and Riesling, plus much else besides.


Five minutes with Teresa Heuzenroeder, Petaluma Wines

Published:  28 June, 2022

Teresa Heuzenroeder, senior winemaker at Petaluma Wines, talks to Andrew Catchpole about the marked differences on dealing with the world’s most celebrated whites – Riesling and Chardonnay – as a winemaker.


Saint Emilion chateau moves into Riesling

Published:  17 December, 2021

Château Petit Val, a property based in Saint Emilion, has released two new leftfield cuvées – a pure varietal Riesling and Malbec wine.


Reasons to pick Riesling

Published:  29 September, 2021

Harpers partnered with Wines of Germany for its Big G closing debate, which mulled over the topic ‘A wine for all reasons: why German wine is the smart choice’. These extended highlights give a flavour of that far-reaching discussion and what indie retailers and restaurateurs alike can do to boost their German category sales. Andrew Catchpole reports.


31 Days of German Riesling award winners revealed

Published:  07 September, 2021

Wines of Germany has unveiled the winners of its 31 Days of German Riesling campaign, an annual event that brings all sectors of the trade together.


Harnessing Germany's ‘undiscovered’ potential

Published:  19 August, 2021

Germany is pretty much a blank slate for many consumers, but with contemporary wine styles that mean there’s all to play for.


31 Days of German Riesling winners bring ingenuity to the fore

Published:  09 September, 2020

This year’s winners of the annual 31 Days of German Riesling competition has put a spotlight on just how much businesses have adapted during the pandemic, using often imaginative ways to bring German Riesling to a wider audience.


Import-export webinar: A Taste of New York

Published:  10 July, 2020

Andrew Catchpole brought together leading NY state winemakers with UK merchants to explore Indie Opportunities from the Empire State


31 Days of German Riesling powers ahead

Published:  19 May, 2020

July is still the month for German Riesling in the UK, with the promotion once again heading back to British businesses.


The Wine Society claims a first with Austrian En Primeur launch

Published:  22 April, 2020

The Wine Society has launched what it claims to be the world’s first Austrian En Primeur offer in the shape of a white wine duo from Schloss Gobelsburg.


Aldi goes premium with new Icons range

Published:  10 September, 2019

Aldi is launching a brand new range of online exclusives in order to capture growing interest from customers who are willing to trade up and explore.