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González Byass sees rapid growth in on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2014

González Byass is growing rapidly in the UK on-trade since taking on distribution for Champagne Deutz five months ago.


An Independent View of The Great Sherry Festival

Published:  03 November, 2013

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


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.


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. 


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.