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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • See you at Stand D18

    Come and join us today on stand D18 to celebrate our recent Fine Wine Merchant of the Year Award from SWA, we will be showing the full swathe of Gold and Critics’ Choice winners throughout the show.  The stand will be a hub of fun and showcase our fabulous portfolio with a hand-picked set of producers, renowned for their outstanding quality and reputation.

    To keep up with the pace of the show and create a hive of activity around stand D18, today we have collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones from the Harrow at Little Bedwyn paired with La Guita Manzanilla. Pop by from 2.30 pm to try his Vietnamese shellfish spring rolls and seared Northumblerland roe venison with black Perigord truffles on sourdough and fois gras butter with this fantastic new addition to our portfolio.

    That said, the stand won’t be all about the food, as this morning we will also be showcasing our “Big is Beautiful” range of large format wines, along with a feature on “Awe-Inspiring Aromatics” from the likes of Trimbach, Chateau Ste Michelle, MontGras and Ken Forrester and many more.

    Look forwards to seeing you there!

  • Buzzing about Imbibe Live!

    We made our debut at Imbibe Live! in 2014 and this year we are back with a bang! We will mark our return to this dynamic show with an engaging, exciting and inspiring line-up of activity on stand.  Celebrating our recent Fine Wine Merchant of the Year Award from SWA, we will be showing the full swathe of Gold and Critics’ Choice winners throughout the show.  The stand will be a hub of fun and showcase our fabulous portfolio with a hand-picked set of producers, renowned for their outstanding quality and reputation.

    To keep up with the pace of the show and create a hive of activity around stand D18, we have collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones from the Harrow at Little Bedwyn paired with La Guita Manzanilla (yum!) and Adam Byatt’s Bistro Union for an exploration of flavours in modern British cuisine with some top picks from their wine list.

    That said, the stand won’t be all about the food, as we will also be showcasing our “Big is Beautiful” range of large format wines on Monday afternoon, along with a feature on “Awe-Inspiring Aromatics” from the likes of Trimbach, Chateau Ste Michelle, MontGras and Ken Forrester.

    Tuesday’s focus is the bar sector, as we delve into some adventurous "The Italian Job" slushies.  Finally, to round off an eventful two days, we’ll be closing the show in style by pouring an amazing range of sparkling wines from all the best names: Jacquart, Gobbillard, Ferrari, Ruggeri, Chiarli and many more.

    Look forwards to seeing you there - stand D18!

  • Try some award-winning Pinot Noir this summer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We’re delighted to say that Yealands have been awarded the Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy for their Yealands Estate Winemakers Reserve Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2013 at the prestigious ‘International Wine Challenge’. Overall they received 34 medals, an outstanding number considering they're only 7 years young!

    Yealands believe it’s the nurturing and preservation of the land that is vital to their success and their commitment is to put just as much in as they take out, in line with their motto: Think Boldly Tread Lightly.

  • One week to go until Imbibe Live!

    This year at Imbibe Live!, our stand will be a hive of activity from start to finish.  From SWA gold award winners and Michelin-starred food pairings through to some adventurous icewine slushies and an almost excessive amount of fizz, we’re confident that there’s something for everyone!

     

     

     

     

     

    For both days at Imbibe we will have on display, on the back of the stand, our SWA Gold-winning wines, along with some hand-picked wines to help our customers create their ultimate list.

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    To kick off the show, we will have a range of magnums for those who like to think big with their wine choices. Think Jermann, Planeta, Marqués de Riscal and Quinta do Crasto to name but a few.

     

     

     

     

    Monday afternoon will feature a range of awe-inspiring aromatics from the likes of Trimbach, Chateau Ste Michelle, MontGras and Ken Forrester, providing alternatives to the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc (but including a couple of SBs too…).

     

     

     

     

    Also on Monday afternoon, we have a very special collaboration with La Guita, with some incredible food provided by Michelin-starred Chef, Roger Jones from The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

    Alongside our delicious sherry, Roger will be serving some canapé-size bites of wonder. Keep your eyes peeled on twitter for some clues as to what they’ll be.

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    Bistro Union will be producing some delicious canapé-size dishes, which will be paired with some fabulous wines. From crackling and baked apple with Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury to mini salt caramel chocolate tarts with 2006 Aleatico di Puglia from Francesco Candido and a whole host of flavours in between too.

     

     

     

     

    We will be creating some incredible ice wine slushies with Peller Ice Cuvée, served from a real slushie machine! A real summer treat which will make people think differently about how they can use ice wine, how we can start thinking about the ways we can engage with bars, and the way people engage with wine as a category.

     

     

     

     

    To round off a jam-packed two days we’ll be closing the show in style by pouring an amazing range of sparkling wines from all the big names: Jacquart, Gobbillard, Ferrari, Ruggeri, Chiarli and so many more!

  • Bertani joins the line-up of the finest wines Sotheby's has to offer

    Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines sale in London today features a mouth-watering line-up of wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Italy and beyond.

    Bertani, one of Enotria's longest-standing Italian producers, joins the line-up with their Amarone Recioto 1959 (2 bottles) and 1964 (3 bottles), in the company (but by no means the shadow) of a number of world-renowned names.

    From its status as the father of Amarone to the presence of its Soave on the menu for King George VI’s coronation in 1937, the history of Bertani is awash with landmarks. Established at the time of the Risorgimento – the 19th century unification of Italy – it has been a symbol of that new nation’s pride and dynamism ever since. Arguably the most significant of those landmarks came in the 1950s, nearly a century after brothers Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani founded the business at Quinto di Valpantena, north of Verona.

    The acquisition of the stunning Villa Novare in Valpolicella, along with its 220-hectare estate, led directly to the release, in 1958, of the first dry Amarone. A classic range of benchmark Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto, innovative modern styles such as BertaRosé and Due Uve, and an extensive library of old vintages: this family-owned winery continues to set standards for the entire region.

  • Smokin' trends - BBQs with a difference

    Bored of the average BBQ? Sausages not so sizzling, burgers not so bangin'?

    We have found the answer to your troubles - take a look at Great British Chef's alternatives to the normal BBQ here.

    And when your mouth is done watering over those, feast your eyes on some out-of-the-ordinary BBQ wines to match these dishes.

    BBQ Mackerel

    2012 Vintage Tunina IGT, Vinnaioli Jermann

    Despite the elegance of this wine's honeysuckle floral character, it is still full-bodied and the flavour has plenty of depth to stand up to the salty, smokiness of the fish.

     

    BBQ Duck

    An oriental-style glaze makes this a gloriouslt sweet and sticky dish, for this reason, we're staying firmly placed in the white wine camp, and choosing something with a little more smoke to match the fire.

    2012 Faultline Chardonnay, Kooyong

    This wine has a whole bunch of complex mineral and floral aromas, but it goes on to give you creamy lemon and stone fruit flavours on the palate with a strong hint of smoky oak to finish.

    Babecued Sticky Ribs

    2011 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

    Apologies for stepping out of the realms of the un-ordinary here but this match is a personal favourite. Never has a piece of barbecued meat found a better partner.  If you've got your BBQ skills down to a T, then matching your succulent, roasted, juicy ribs to a wine that mirrors them with bright, ripe fruit and complex smokey nuances of black tea and sage, you'll never ever want to eat or drink anything else again.

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