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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Finca Torrea is here!

    The latest offering from Rioja's oldest house, Marques de Riscal, has arrived on our shelves. Finca Torrea is made from the old vines which grow on clay limestone soil next to their Bodega in El Ciego. This blend of Tempranillo and a little Graciano is a different style of Rioja to those traditionally produced at the Bodega, as it is more fruit-forward and with a shorter ageing period - 18 months in Allier casks prior to release. Jancis Robinson recently made it a wine of the week on her website, saying "I found it beautifully judged and full of fruit with an attractive earthiness, very rioja." The eye-catching label is based on a satellite image of the vineyards. Find out more about the wine here.

  • Wines from Spain

    We set up shop at Wines from Spain this week. We've got lots of new wines and designs to share, and it was good to see the buzz around our stand. The wines looked great, but more importantly tasted great too.

  • Cannonball wines are coming!

    We are very pleased to announce that Cannonball Wines, based in Healdsburg, California, will be joining the Enotria USA portfolio from April 1st. Cannonball Wine Company was founded in 2006 by Yoav Gilat, a veteran marketing and business development consultant for many leading drinks brands, and Dennis Hill, winemaking guru with 30 years of experience at the likes of Seghesio, Alexander Valley and Blackstone amongst others.

    Enotria will be offering Cannonball’s flagship wines: Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Harriet, our California buyer, says:

    “California is trendy right now; we see an opportunity in gastro pubs and groups where the US sense of style is a perfect fit. There is huge quality in the region. Cannonball appealed to us with their clear direction, very upbeat, eye catching labels, and of course the wines which varietally are bang on the money.”

    Yoav Gilat, Cannonball CEO, says:

    “We waited to enter the U.K. market until we found the perfect partner that understood our brand and philosophy. Cannonball speaks to a new generation of wine consumers  those wanting to explore their own tastes and discover what is appealing to them, not necessarily drink what their grandparents were drinking. In the past, California wines have been misrepresented in the U.K with inexpensive, mass-produced, non-descript wines. I believe this market is primed to dive in to the luscious California style of Cannonball and experience a fresh SPLASH!"

    Cannonball will be pouring their wines and meeting folk at the Enotria Annual Tasting, discover, on February 26th.

    For more information on cannonball please visit www.drinkcannonball.com

  • Discovery blind wines - we have a winner!

    Here's the results of our 'discovery wines' blind tasting from 26th February...

    We had a heap of entries into the ‘guess the blind discovery wines’ competition at our Annual Tasting and again in Scotland. Tasters had to try three wines, and then attempt to locate them in the different galleries around the tasting. Lots of people came close in identifying the three wines – 1 each of white, rosé and red. There were 12 in all who correctly divined the mystery wines, which were (drum roll please)

    White: Marques de Riscal Limousin Rosé: Sancerre Rosé Domaine des Pruniers Red: De Gras Carmenere Reserva

    Chosen at random from the correct entries, our winner is Sean Cummins of Joules in Reigate. This Champagne and cocktail bar became a customer of Enotria in July last year. Sean was predictably thrilled to have won the competition – and here’s how he did it: “We tasted as a team and one of the girls was sure the Limousin was the white; we’re looking for a rosé anyway so we were pretty focused on those and the Sancerre really stood out; and we have the De Gras Carmenere on our list so that was the easiest to spot!” Sean went on to say that our Annual Tasting was the first trade tasting he’d attended; “We really didn’t know what to expect, but had a brilliant day. Tomek (Enotria Sales Manager) ’s done a blinding job with us, but it’s a whole new experience to talk to the producers and gave us an insight into some new possible wines – we tasted some fantastic Italian wines, and who knew Lebanon made great quality wine?!” Sean wins a case of each of the blind wines – which he’s promised to share with his team.

    We held a similar blind tasting in Edinburgh - this time contestants had to pick two blind wines from a line up of twenty. Winning a case of each this time was Simon Harrison who correctly identified Ailala Treixadura and Pago de los Capellanes Joven

    Congratulations to all!

  • Pictures from the tasting

    Here's just a small selection of great pictures by our very own Tom Jacques, taken at our Annual Tasting last week...

  • discover by Enotria

    1000 thirsty and curious visitors, 85 producers and most of the Enotria team pitched up at the Saatchi gallery on Tuesday 26th February for our Annual Tasting. ‘discover by Enotria’ had been trailed as our biggest and best ever tasting, and it certainly lived up to its billing. Ten galleries were filled with discovery wines, new finds, wine cocktails, sherry, fine wines and just plain old great, familiar wines!

    The Enotria crew had worked flat out to turn the Gallery into a showcase for everything we do, and on the day it did not disappoint. The discovery wines (all 55 of them) certainly captured the attention of visitors and underpinned the theme of the day brilliantly. Caterers Rhubarb worked flat out to feed the assembled guests with some really fine food, whilst coffee suppliers Ristretto were praised by many grateful visitors.

    Marcelo

    The event passed with barely a hitch; the worst was feared when the team walkie talkies crackled with “artwork down in gallery 9!”, but by the time we’d got there, there was thankfully no trace of damage.

    Wine Cocktails competition

    Paul

    One interesting sideshow at our annual tasting was the final of our Wine Cocktails competition. Organised in partnership with Imbibe magazine, we brought 15 top bartenders and sommeliers to the gallery to pit their mixing skills against each other. Before an expert judging panel which included legendary barman at the Savoy, Peter Dorelli, each contestant produced one cocktail with wine as its only alcoholic base, and one where they were offered free rein.

    Alex

    The results were impressive, colourful and creative. In the end Alexandru Ciomartin of Antico was the outright winner, and will be heading down to Sicily to see the Planeta vineyards and taste the bar life in Palermo. The competition will be covered in the next issue of Imbibe magazine.

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