4 reasons to raise a glass to British wine

by Morgan Franklin

Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, Montepulciano, the Cape Winelands – there are some corners of the world which are synonymous with wine, Bognor Regis, the Brecon Beacons and Exeter are not usually amongst them. In fact, there are no regions of the UK with a particular global pedigree for wine. But this could soon change... Home-grown sparkling wines have been enjoying an especial surge in popularity in the UK over the past decade, thanks to our warming climate and the chalky limestone soils of many parts of southern England. But it's not just bubbles which are being brewed up on…

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7 Wine Walk Tips

by Sippin Somm

Tis the season for wine, who am I kidding...there is never NOT a season suited for wine. There's a wine for every season, occasion, day, hour, minute, etc. However, with warmer weather there are these wine crawls, ahem, I mean wine walks (keep it classy...this is wine after all), that start popping up in downtowns and city centers all over the place. What is a wine walk? In the general sense it is an event, usually held by a chamber of commerce or downtown association, that aims to expose local businesses, by way of fermented grape juice. There are…

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Sauvignon Blanc

by Catherine E. Fallis Master Sommelier-Planet Grape

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which probably originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in much of the world’s vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile of grapes. Sauvignon derives from “sauvage”, or “wild”, and is also the “mother” of Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, old records list these two as Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc’s unique methoxypyrazines (flavor compounds) manifest themselves as grassy, herbaceous, even cat pee like aromas at their most pungent. The riper the grape, the more the flavors move into the melon/tree fruit spectrum. The…

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Wine and weddings: a match made in heaven?

by Sam Brown

Picking out the ideal wines for a wedding, and serving them in the most appropriate ways, is something that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning even a relatively casual celebration. Going in too early with the wrong sort of drink for the setting, for example, can certainly impact on how the rest of the event progresses. That isn’t to suggest that there are dozens of alarming pitfalls to avoid: too many people already fret unduly about getting wine ‘wrong’, when ultimately it all comes down to what you most enjoy and what you want your guests to experience. Besides, at…

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Global Champagne Shipments for 2016 - Canada Is A Growth Driver

by Dame Liz Palmer

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne released its sales and shipment results for the Champagne sector in 2016. Here is the list of the top markets for 2016, along with some findings: • Champagne exports continues to progress, especially outside Europe; • Consumers are diversifying their tastes and turning to rosé and prestige cuvées; • 2016 is the second record year (4.71 billion euros) after 2015 (4.74 billion euros); and • Many countries confirm their status as growth drivers: (+ 9.4% Canada), United States (+ 6.3%), (+12% Mexico), (+ 15.1% in South Africa), (+…

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Six fascinating wine facts you may not know

by Morgan Franklin

All wines and wine-tasting events – no matter how exclusive, casual or intimate – benefit enormously from being held against a backdrop of great company and sparkling chat. We often get deep into anecdote-swapping sessions about wines and their history over a glass or two; after all, with a history of cultural significance dating back thousands of years, there’s a lot of rich and varied information on the topic to soak up! For starters, here are just a handful of eye-opening wine facts and tales you might like to bring to the next party… 1. In terms of…

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How to Pitch Your Beverage Brand to the Press and Media

by Nick

Getting a story about your wine brand published in a trade publication is about more than just having a great story. That was the consensus opinion of four wine industry experts – W.R. Tish of Beverage Media Group, David Ransom of The Tasting Panel and The SOMM Journal, Gregg Glaser of Modern Distillery Age, and Felicity Carter of Meininger’s Wine Business International – who recently gathered for a media panel at the 2016 USA Trade Testing Conference. As Tish points out, it’s important to have your media assets ready at any time. That means, for example, if you…

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How to Organise and Store Your Wine Collection

by Gavin Koorey

Have you decided to invest in a home wine cellar or to store your wine at an external self-storage facility? If you answered with a yes, you’ve just taken the first step towards organised wine storage. After you have the infrastructure in place and set the accurate temperature and humidity, you should organise your wine collection in a way that facilitates effortless access to the right wine at the right time. To keep your wine cellar organised, we offer some vital tips here below. 1. Set a Coherent Organisation System For categorising your wine, there is no right…

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