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An Interview with Matteo Forlan - UK Sommelier of the Year


Matteo Forlan, the head sommelier at The Ritz, London, has recently been voted the Villa Sandi  UK Sommelier of the Year by showing remarkable in-depth knowledge of wine and wine service skills. I know – I was one of the judges! Having earned this top accolade, I wanted to know what

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Member winery updates for July 2019


We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with regular updates for the now published 11th edition of Wine behind the label and here we bring you our updates for the 12 edition. Here then is the full list of updates to July 2019. We have included

Wine News from around the World
Maison Boisset acquiring Alex Gambal

The Boisset wine group is in the course of completing the purchase of the small American owned Burgundy producer Alex Gambal. The Boisset family has significant winery investments in France and in California with a vineyard area of over 700 ha. They also have an involvement in leading wine writer Steven Spurriers English sparkling wine project in Dorset, Bride Valley Vineyards. Boisset barrel cellar Key Burgundy producers in the group are Bouchard Père et Fils, Antonin Rodet and Domaine de La Vougeraie. The firm also has holdings in Chablis, the

The London Wine Fair 2019

The London Wine Fair is a  great event for discovering new wineries and renewing our acquaintance with old ones. During the three days of this event we tasted many wines and we will, in due course, be writing up our assessments of the wines we tasted. Listed below are wineries which we have highlighted and the vast majority of these will receive the benefit of a full entry in the 12th edition of the guide. Club members will have the privilege of being able to read these entries in advance

Bargain of the week, the month, the year, the century?

A customer who ordered a bottle of Ch. Pichon Lalande 2001 at £260 in the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor Restaurants, received a whopping bonus by getting a bottle of Ch. Le Pin 2001, on the wine list at £4,500, by mistake. Le Pin is a cult wine, highly priced for its quality and scarcity value as only about 500 cases are made each year. Ch. Pichon Lalande, is also a very, very, highly regarded wine which is never cheap, but has a much larger production.   Assessing the Quality/Price Ratio

Are The Lancet’s Alcohol Consumption Forecasts Inflated?

We thought this report from the IWSR, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, was interesting referring to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet which reports a considerable upsurge in the global consumption of alcoholic drinks. However, the IWSR figures indicate “Many drinks operators are now focused more on generating value than volume and this is borne out in the premiumisation of the market and the rapid emergence of the craft movement. The IWSR’s figures show that while the overall global

Clarendelle, Inspired by Haut-Brion unveils its new emblem

Domaine Clarence Dillon, the family company owner of Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus, is pleased to announce a distinctive new brand identity for the wines of Clarendelle, Inspired by Haut-Brion. The new logo, adorned by a crown and two majestic lions, is borrowed from the Dillon family coat of arms and provides a fitting replacement. The emblem signifies part of a story that is constantly evolving, the earliest chapters were signed by Mr Clarence Dillon at Château Haut-Brion in 1935.   Created in 2005 by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the

Want your limited edition, own label, batch of Champagne?

If you would like to show your family and friends that you have a unique own label batch of Champagne from a well thought of small producer, then head down to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger on June 14th to bid for the right to have a lot of 216 bottles of Champagne tailor made for you by a unique concept in Champagne – the Single Barrel. Have a look at https://www.champagne-paul-launois.fr/singlebarrel/ If you do manage to buy some – let us know – we’ll be delighted to share a bottle with you!

Organic Wine Forecasted to Reach 87.5m Cases Globally by 2022

This is a report from the ISWR, who track total beverage alcohol trends through granular volume, value and forecast data and insights spanning over 150 countries. European Markets Drive Demand and Growth London, UK – Though organic wines represent a small subset of the total global still wine industry, new research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis shows a rapid increase in the coming years as consumer sentiment for sustainability and organic products grows. The IWSR Organic Wine Report, published this month, includes findings presented at the Millesime Sudvinbio fair earlier

How to turn Value for Money Wines into Exceptional Value for Money Wines

The other day I received an email from Waitrose Cellar offering 25% discount on all wines provided you ordered at least 6 bottles (not all of the same wine either)   They do list a number of wines which rate as value for money on our Value for Money Wines Pro App, but I wondered how many wines would drop into the category of Exceptional Value for Money with this 25% discount?   So I went through their list with my app and have picked out some wines which I

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