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Monthly Archives: January 2010

  • Mount Langi Ghiran 2005

  • Ginger beer update number 1

    Our man on the allotment, Daniel, files this latest news of his bubbling ginger beer... "Racked the almost dry fiery alcoholic ginger off the gross lees last night, it’s starting to clear into a lemony coloured liquid and smells pungent and exotic! The palate still has a kick like a mule and a little effervescence showing that it’s still turning sugar into alcohol – maybe another week or so and another racking and I can decide whether to re-ferment in bottle (Champagne style) for a sparkling summer drink, or sweeten [maybe with some honey?] and enjoy over the imminent 6 Nations… might help to cushion the blow as a long suffering England supporter."

  • Enotria goes English

    We are very pleased to tell you that the Ridgeview Sparkling wine range from Ditchling in Sussex is now available to the On Trade through Enotria. The Bloomsbury, Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs and Fitzrovia (Rosé) wines have already established Ridgeview’s reputation as one of England’s foremost producers, and we are looking forward to bringing them to a wider drinking audience. All wines are produced solely from the noble Champagne grapes of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (the Grosvenor being 100% Chardonnay). Mardi Roberts, Sales and Marketing manager at Ridgeview, says: “We are really pleased to be joining with Enotria as our main point of contact with the on-trade. After various meetings and research with distributors we felt that Enotria was the best company to meet our growing needs, as we share many core values of being passionate and dynamic with focus on personal relationships and quality. In our 10 years of sales we have had incredible success with our wines with over 100 awards and trophies. There has been a renaissance in the general public perception of English sparkling wines with people are now insisting they see on them wine lists and Enotria will be our key to make this happen”. Daniel Hart, Senior Buyer at Enotria, says: “Given the visible and exciting growth in the quality English wine scene, we have looked long and carefully to find a good partner producer. The Roberts’ family approach to pioneering consistently high quality wines makes them a perfect fit with Enotria’s portfolio and our On Trade customer base. Consumers are becoming more aware of regionality, seasonality, where their food and drink is grown and how it is produced, and offering the exceptional wines from Ridgeview answers many of these important issues. We are delighted to be embarking on this new venture with Ridgeview, and are confident that as knowledge and demand for English wines increase we have the right partnership to fulfil this opportunity.”

  • WSET are the champions

    On Monday night the Wine & Spirit Education Trust or WSET took over the sublime Great Hall at Guildhall, the ceremonial centre of the City of London, for its annual graduation ceremony. The night, hosted by Hugh Johnson, saw three Enotria staff graduate; Lily Hicks and Emma Jeffrey from the training/marketing department and Harry Fawkes from marketing. Lily followed this up by receiving the illustrious Wines of Chile scholarship, giving her the chance to further her knowledge with a week in Chile’s wine growing areas. This graduation underlines not just how important, but how good our wine training department at Enotria really is! You can read Jancis Robinson's comments on the evening here.

  • Koshu at Umu

    It sounds like the combination of trying something different, in the form of Koshu wines from Japan, paired with some of the best Japanese cuisine in London, proved an irresistible double act for the UK wine press and top sommeliers last week. Certainly many of the UK's top palates were there sampling at Umu. Joelle Marti-Baron describes the wines: "Light in alcohol, ideal with Japanese food, as the flavours aren't overwhelmed; Taste wise, quite a novelty, with very unusual flavours of blossom and rose petals. Some had a light saké note, but my favourites were the very delicate Grace Estate and Diamond Winery. I don't drink beer but I'd be really inclined to have a glass of Koshu wine with Japanese food next time. Funnily enough I compared notes with Matthieu from La Trompette and Anthony Rose, and we all picked the same favourite three wines, although we'd been sitting on 3 separate tables."

  • Three wines hit Jukes Top 60

    Great news from the New Zealand trade tasting at Lord's on 12 January. Matthew Jukes tasted at his usual dizzying pace around the room, and chose from his samplings a Top 60 NZ wines for 2010. In this selection were no fewer than 3 Enotria wines. They were: (drum roll please): Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2008 and, so new it's not even arrived in our warehouse yet, Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2009. This is a major result for us and shows how Enotria's NZ portfolio continues to go from strength to strength.

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