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Harpers Beaujolais Trip Day 2. In brief.


Day 2 done and dusted. A good nights snooze and I was ready to rock this morning for the 2nd days entertainment. Snow had fallen all around the region overnight. … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers Beaujolais Trip. Day 1 in brief.


So day one has finished on our mini tour of Beaujolais. Long day but worth it. Having left London first thing this morning, 30/1/12, we arrived at Lyon around 10.20, … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Harpers-Inter Beaujolais Buyers Trip 2012


harpers.co.uk Check list: Bags packed – nope. Passport ready – erm…I’ll find it later. Flight info sorted – Yeah, it’s on an email somewhere. Weather forecast for Lyon – Bloody … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Australia back on top


“Australia is the only country in the world that can hold up against Burgundy,” claimed Alex Hunt MW, purchasing director at Berkmann Wine Cellars. This praise for the country’s Chardonnay … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

A+ Australia Tasting. Saatchi Gallery: London 2012


 www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk So, round 4 of my new year tasting schedule, third one of the week. This one see’s me off to the Saatchi Gallery, London for the 10th birthday of … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Chapoutier & Devaux to launch Champagne


Michel Chapoutier will unveil his first Champagne in less than three years’ time. The Rhône-based winemaker bought half a hectare of vineyard with Champagne Devaux back in 2008, and the … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Royal Tokaji appoints Bibendum as UK agent


Royal Tokaji has appointed Bibendum as its agent for the UK market. Royal Tokaji’s range of award winning wines includes the Aszú wines on which the region’s fame was founded … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trade urged to support up-and-coming regions


Open-minded importers are urging major supermarkets and restaurants to get behind wines from emerging regions like Croatia, Slovenia and Moldova. Throwing down the gauntlet to the UK’s big retail chains, … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cool climate wines could grow Aussie volumes


Cooler-climate wines could be the answer to Australia’s problems of shrinking off-trade volumes and under-representation on restaurant lists. Cooler-climate wines could be the answer to Australia’s problems of shrinking off-trade … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bibendum Tasting. The Brewery: London 2012.


 Seconds out, round three. Yup, my next tasting event. Bibendum’s folio tasting. The Brewery, Chiswell St, London.  Today it was Bibendum’s turn to share their wares with people throughout the … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exciting future forecast for NZ Gruner


The UK wine trade was told to “watch this space” during a masterclass on New Zealand Grüner Veltliner in London yesterday. Nine different expressions of the Central European grape variety … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Burgundy climats edge closer to UNESCO listing


The campaign for Burgundy’s Cote d’Or Climats to join the UNESCO world heritage list has moved closer to its goal. Climats: centurys-old heritage Last week the Ministry of Ecology and Culture agreed … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Zealand Wine Annual Trade Tasting: London 2012


Today I began round two of my new year tasting schedule. This time it was the turn of New Zealand at Lords, St John’s Wood, London.  105 New Zealand wineries … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Roederer becomes Champagne’s biggest in biodynamics


Louis Roederer now operates the largest combined organic and biodynamic estate in Champagne following the purchase of 14 hectares of Leclerc Briant vineyards. Roederer already has 26ha of vineyards farmed … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · Leave a comment
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