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An Interview with Justin Knock MW of Philglass and Swiggot


In the first of a series of interviews with the owners of independent wine shops in the UK, I talk to Justin Knock MW about the philosophy behind the Philglass and Swiggot brand in the two shops that they own in London. Justin also heads up the UK office of

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South Africa's Old Vine Project Tasting


At the end of June there was a special tasting in London organised by Wines of South Africa showcasing a wide selection of wines presented under their Old Vines Project in the comfortable backdrop of the Reading Room at South Africa House. You can also read about the background of

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New Cava classification announced

Cavas de Paraje Calificado Mid July has just seen the announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment in Spain of 12 “Grand Cru” sites to be recognized under Cava DO, Cava de Paraje Calificado. It is intended these site-specific wines will be the pinnacle of the appellation and differentiated from Gran Reservas which are not. These are just regulated by ageing periods and whether the wine is dry, vintage and so on. The Paraje Calficado wines though will be subject the strictest requirements yet from the DO

Wine Investment is on the up

From it's nadir in 2012, wine investments have steadily increased in value. It's not been even all round - traditional Bordeaux wines have been patchy but the increases from the rest of the world - particularly Burgundy. led by the Domaine de la Romanée Conti - have been very encouraging. Here is the latest report from Liv-Ex. http://www.insights.liv-ex.com/2017/07/liv-ex-1000-gains-1-1-june-led-rest-world-50.html?mc_cid=08d8f03123&mc_eid=292cc64c44 As usual - a note of caution - if you want to invest in wine (a) don't put more than 5% of your wealth into it. Prices can go down as well as

Amazon launches its own branded wine range in US

Not content with dominating the world book and electronics market - and pretty much everything else in between - online retail behemoth Amazon has just muscled its way into a new arena – producing and selling its own brand of wine. [caption id="attachment_17972" align="aligncenter" width="677"] King Wine Estate in Oregon, where Amazon's Next wine range is produced[/caption] The company has teamed up with Oregon’s largest winery King Estate Winery, to develop a line of three wines under their new brand, “Next”: a Pinot Gris, a red blend, and a Pinot

South Africa's Old Vine Project looks to the country's past to secure its future

Those fortunate enough to attend last week's tasting hosted by Wines of South Africa to celebrate the The Old Vine Project (OVP) in London have described it is one of the most interesting and exciting events in year. Particularly if you are interested in seeing what terroir and age can do to wines produced from grapes from vines that go back at least 30 year. The project has been going for some 15 years, but has been given a new lease of life by Andrew Morgenthal and Jaco Engelbrecht as they continue

Hottest June in UK for 40 years sends rosé sales soaring

Scorching temperatures in the UK last week, which have made this month the hottest June since the long hot summer of 1976, has sent rosé sales soaring, according to the high street multiples. June 21st was the hottest day in the UK for over 40 years, with temperatures topping 34 degrees centigrade in some parts of the country. And it’s not just in the UK where the mercury has been inching ever upwards; other countries have also experienced a spell of very hot weather, including France, south west US and

Global wine consumption on the up, except in France where it has more than halved in the past 40 years

It’s enough to have your average French drinker choking on their verre du vin rouge in shock.  While global wine consumption is growing year on year – in France, the world’s leading wine exporting country – consumption is down and forecast to drop by 13% between 2011 and 2020, according to LARVF. [caption id="attachment_17874" align="aligncenter" width="769"] Young wine drinkers. But for how much longer in France?[/caption]  From knocking back 100 litres per year in 1975, per capita consumption has slumped by more than half to only 47 litres last year. And

Supply and demand in global wine market balances out as glut eases

The global wine industry is rallying after years of a glut of wine and suppressed prices,  according to a report in the Weekly times.   It referred to Wine Australia, data which shows supply dipping to around 26 billion litres, from a peak of around 29 billion litres four years ago. At the same time, demand is forecast to steadily increase.   Mark Rowley, a senior analyst at Wine Australia, said there “were more positive than negative” aspects to the world wide market, but it was too soon to say whether

UK drinks trade body calling for government to go for full "divorce" settlement to get best possible deal in Brexit talks

The UK Government should pull out all the stops during the Brexit negotiations to avoid what it describes as the “worst possible outcome” – a no deal Brexit, according to the UK's drinks trade body, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).   [caption id="attachment_17824" align="aligncenter" width="960"] UK Brexit secretary David Davies and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier kicked off Brexit negotiations yesterday[/caption] Formal talks kicked off yesterday between the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, and the WSTA is urging the government to go

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