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  • Costa & Pampa joins the Enotria&Coe portfolio

    Argentina boasts a rich cultural legacy in relation to wine, with more than 400 years of history, built on a tradition that fuses together New World and Old World wine regions. Over the last five years, Argentina has been taking the UK wine market by storm. As a result, Argentina has become the envy of other wine producing countries.

    In the past couple of years, here at Enotria&Coe we’ve been focusing our efforts curating an Argentinian portfolio that is one of the slickest and most diverse in the market. With the likes of Trapiche and El Eseteco on board, our range covers everything from Malbec and Cabernet Franc, to Torrontes and Bonarda. To bolster this already impressive collection of wines, we’re now thrilled to add Costa & Pampa to our portfolio – an exciting experimental project of Argentina’s first South Atlantic Ocean wines.

    Costa & Pampa

    Located in a unique region called Chapadmalal near Buenos Aires, and just three kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, the Costa & Pampa are vineyards is a special place to craft wines. Indeed, they’re treasures hidden between the seas and the Argentine pampas. Planted at sea level, the vineyards grow under a more humid and cooler climate than Argentina’s mountain varietals, resulting in a range of wines that are fresh, delicate, with great aromatic complexity.

    The new wines we’re bringing in, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are produced in tiny parcels, with less than 10,000 bottles of each.

    Of the new coastal wines, Kathrine Larsen MW said: "These wines have a wonderful freshness and crisp lively fruit character, and a saline, mineral hint underlies and crunchy citrus fruit notes."

    If you'd like to find out more about Costa & Pampa or any of our Argentinian portfolio, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian wines

    We are thrilled to announce that 10 wines from our burgeoning Australian portfolio have been included in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines Report 2017/18. The report was launched at Australia House yesterday, where more than 300 hand-picked members of the international wine trade including key press, buyers, educators and winemakers were invited to taste the winning wines.

    At the launch Matthew, who is one of the world’s most respected experts on Australian wines, said: "These wines are Australia’s magnificent vinous vanguard and as always, I will showcase them nationally and internationally in a continued effort to alert the wine loving public to the great wines made in Australia.”

    Hailing from across Australia’s finest wine-growing regions, the 10 producers who made the cut this year are Glaetzer Wines, Heartland, Fowles Wines, Kooyong, Tempus Two, Henschke, d’Arenberg, Stargazer, Howard Park and Skillogalee.

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    Australian Buyer Maggie Macpherson said: “Over the past three years we’ve keenly focused on creating a portfolio of wines that reflect the exciting landscape of winemaking in Australia. We’ve sought out what we believe to be some of the finest, most innovative and expressive wines to come out of this relatively young country. More than ever before, winemakers Down Under are experimenting with new techniques and varieties, and we’re excited to be part of the journey as they continue to carve out a new identity for Australian wine. Our strong representation in this year’s Matthew Jukes report is testament to this, and gives us confidence in knowing this innovative category has a bright future.”

    Our winning wines

    BOTTLE SHOT

    2010 Henschke, Hill of Grace Vineyard

    2015 Skillogalee, Trevarrick Riesling

    2015 Glaetzer Wines, Anaperenna, Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 Kooyong, Massale Pinot Noir

    2014 Heartland, Sposa e Sposa Lagrein/Dolcetto

    2014 Fowles Wines, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz

    2014 Howard Park, Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon

    2015 Tempus Two, Pewter Semillon

    2013 d'Arenberg, The Ironstone Pressings, GSM

    2015 Stargazer, Chardonnay, Coal River Valley

    If you are interested in finding out more about these wines, or our wider Australian portfolio, don't hesitate to get in touch or contact your account manager for more information.

    To read the full report, you can purchase a digital copy from Matthew's website

  • The Wine Merchant Top 100

    It’s been a busy start to the week with awards streaming in for our wine producers, and the latest ones to add to the collection are from The Wine Merchant Top 100.

    The competition, run by The Wine Merchant magazine – the only trade publication devoted to specialist independent wine retailers – is devoted to wines in the indies trade, and is judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers.

    Now in its fifth year, judges said the competition this year was brutal with 700 entries. We’re proud to announce that seven of our wines made the Top 100, while a further six were included in the Highly Commended list. What’s more, Man Family Vineyards Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 was named the Best Value White Trophy Winner.

    Enotria&Coe Top 100 Wines

    Man Family Vineyards Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc 2016
    La Nelina Riesling 2012
    Mohua Pinot Noir 2014
    Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Castelo do Mar Albariño 2016
    The Money Spider Roussanne 2016
    Primitivo Puglia IGT Organic 2015

     

    Enotria&Coe Highly Commended Wines

    Madfish Blue Chardonnay 2014
    Vina Leyda, La Kadun Sauvignon Gris 2014
    Court Garden Classic Cuvee 2013
    Bianco IGT Puglia Organic 2015
    Chateau St Michelle Dry Riesling 2015
    Lobban Sparkling Shiraz NV
  • Enotria&Coe cleans up at Sommelier Wine Awards

    The 2017 results for the Sommelier Wine Awards are in, and we’re honoured to have been awarded the Fine Wine Merchant of the Year.

    In addition to this, our producers have amassed a swathe of enviable medals in this year’s competition; we won 187, consisting of: 29 Gold, 50 Silver, 31 Bronze and 77 Commended.

    We're absolutely thrilled to receive this level of recognition from the SWA and proud to be representing so many producers who are consistently crafting wines of such a high calibre. We’ve been scouring the globe for the last 12 months to continue to bring our customers an amazing selection of the world’s best wines, that offer the best quality and value at every price point. The results from this year’s SWA reaffirms that our commitment to building a portfolio of poise and excellence has not gone unnoticed.

    Full results are detailed below.

    GOLD

    Abadía Retuerta, Pago Negralada, Sardón de Duero 2012
    Cecchi, Val delle Rose, Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2013
    Cenatiempo, Kalimera, Biancolella, Ischia 2015
    Château Ste-Marie, Entre-Deux-Mers 2015
    Chivite, Finca de Villatuerta, Chardonnay 2014
    Domaine Louis Michel, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2013
    Höpler, Blaufränkisch 2013
    Jermann, Dreams 2014
    Paulinshof, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2014
    Planeta, Eruzione 1614, Carricante 2015
    Planeta, Eruzione 1614, Nerello Mascalese 2014
    Planeta, Santa Cecilia, Nero d'Avola, Noto 2011
    Sartori, Marani, Bianco Veronese 2015
    Umani Ronchi, Fonte del Re, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2015
    Chalmers, Sagrantino 2012
    Fram, Shiraz 2015
    Howard Park, Miamup, Chardonnay 2015
    Man O' War, Dreadnought, Syrah 2013
    Morgenster, Estate Red 2008
    Stargazer, Chardonnay 2015
    Thelema, Sutherland, Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Urlar, Organic, Pinot Noir 2014
    Château du Donjon, Minervois Rosé 2016
    Peller Estates, Vidal Icewine 2015
    Torelló, 3d By Custo, Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2010
    El Esteco, Fincas Notables, Tannat 2013
    Trapiche, Terroir Series, Finca Ambrosía 2011
    Trapiche, Terroir Series, Finca Orellana 2011
    Man, Ou Kalant, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

     

    SILVER

    Ascheri, Sorano, Barolo 2013
    Bertani, Vintage Edition, Secco 2014
    Cecchi, Coevo 2011
    Château du Vieux Parc, La Sélection, Corbières 2014
    Château Ste-Marie, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014
    Chivite, Colección 125, Reserva 2011
    Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey Blanc 2014
    Franck Massard, Humilitat, Priorat 2012
    Il Poggione, Rosso di Montalcino 2015
    Ixsir, Altitudes, Red 2011
    Jermann, Vintage Tunina 2014
    Mariona, Blanco 2016
    Planeta, Chardonnay 2015
    Planeta, Moscato Bianco, Secco 2015
    Quinta do Crasto, Superior, Branco 2015
    San Fabiano, Cellole, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013
    Umani Ronchi, Casal di Serra, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore 2015
    Varvaglione, Papale, Linea Oro, Primitivo di Manduria 2014
    Chalmers, Vermentino 2016
    d'Arenberg, The Money Spider, Roussanne 2016
    Fowles Wine, Are You Game?, Shiraz 2013
    Fowles Wine, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch, Wild Ferment, Chardonnay 2015
    Heartland, Shiraz 2013
    Henschke, Barossa, Keyneton Euphonium 2013
    Ken Forrester, Reserve, Chenin Blanc 2016
    Ken Forrester, The FMC, Chenin Blanc 2015
    Kooyong, Beurrot, Pinot Gris 2016
    Madfish, Shiraz 2014
    Man O' War, Estate, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2011
    Montgras, Ninquén, Antu, Cabernet/Carmenère 2015
    Peregrine, Pinot Gris 2015
    Urlar, Organic, Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Viña Leyda, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Viña Leyda, Single Vineyard, Las Brisas, Pinot Noir 2014
    Viña Leyda, Single Vineyard, Neblina, Riesling 2012
    Ferrari, Maximum Rosé, Trentodoc NV
    Gobillard, Cuvée Prestige, Millésime 2010
    Peller Estates, Riesling Icewine 2013
    Pere Ventura, Tresor, Cava Rosado Brut NV
    Quinta do Crasto, Colheita 1997
    Ruggeri, Giustino B, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2015
    Ramón Bilbao, Edición Limitada 2014
    Ramón Bilbao, Reserva 2011
    Ramón Bilbao, Reserva Original 2012
    El Esteco, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    El Esteco, Fincas Notables, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Trapiche, Estacion 1883, Bonarda 2014
    Trapiche, Terroir Series, Finca Coletto 2011
    Casa da Passarella, Villa Oliveira, Touriga Nacional 2011
    Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot 2014

     

    BRONZE

    Adur, Txakolina 2015
    Ailalá, Treixadura, Ribeiro 2015
    Bertani, Valpantena, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013
    Cecchi, Riserva di Famiglia, Chianti Classico 2013
    Mesquida Mora, Sincronia, Organic Negre 2015
    Planeta, Alastro, Bianco 2015
    Quinta do Crasto, Superior, Syrah 2014
    Sartori, Regolo, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014
    Umani Ronchi, Golden Fleece, Pecorino 2015
    d'Arenberg, The Coppermine Road, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    d'Arenberg, The Custodian, Grenache 2011
    Howard Park, Mount Barker, Riesling 2015
    Humberto Canale, Selección de Familia, Malbec 2014
    Kooyong, Massale, Pinot Noir 2015
    Meinert, La Barry, Red 2011
    Montgras, Ninquén, Antu, Syrah 2014
    Morgenster, Lourens River Valley, Red 2005
    Peregrine, Pinot Noir 2013
    Terroir Sonoro, El Cerruco, Moscatel 2015
    Ferrari, Maximum Brut, Trentodoc NV
    Ferrari, Perlé Nero, Trentodoc 2008
    Ferrari, Perlé Rosé, Trentodoc 2009
    Fowles Wine, Are You Game?, Sparkling Brut NV
    Skillogalee, Liqueur Muscat NV
    Torelló, Special Edition, Cava Brut Reserva NV
    Ramón Bilbao, Viñedos de Altura 2014
    El Esteco, Altimus, Gran Vino 2011
    El Esteco, Chañar Punco 2012
    Casa da Passarella, Abanico, Reserva Tinto 2013
    Casa da Passarella, Villa Oliveira, Encruzado 2014
    Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Motto, Red Blend 2014

      COMMENDED

    Abadía Retuerta, Selección Especial, Sardón de Duero 2013
    Ailalá, Souson, Ribeiros do Avia, Ribeiro 2015
    Ascheri, Pisapola, Barolo 2013
    Ascheri, Vigna Nirane, Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
    Bertani, Vintage Edition, Soave 2015
    Botromagno, Nero di Troia, Murgia Rosso 2014
    Botromagno, Primitivo della Puglia 2015
    Cecchi, Storia di Famiglia, Chianti Classico 2014
    Cecchi, Val delle Rose, Litorale, Vermentino, Maremma Toscana 2015
    Cecchi, Villa Cerna, Chianti Classico 2013
    Château des Gravières, Collection Prestige, Graves 2015
    Château des Gravières, Graves Blanc 2016
    Château du Donjon, Grande Tradition, Minervois 2104
    Château du Donjon, La Galinière, Merlot 2015
    Chivite, Finca de Villetuerta, Selección Especial 2011
    Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey 2014
    Erich Machherndl, Kollmutz, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2015
    Ixsir, Altitudes, White 2015
    Ixsir, Grande Réserve, Red 2011
    Ixsir, Grande Réserve, White 2015
    Jermann, Pinot Bianco 2015
    Mas Delmera, Reserva, Monastrell 2009
    Mesquida Mora, Sincronia, Organic Blanc 2015
    Planeta, Nero d'Avola/Nocera 2014
    Quinta do Crasto, Red 2015
    Santadi, Pedraia, Nuragus di Cagliari 2015
    Santadi, Rocca Rubia, Carignano del Sulcis Riserva 2013
    Sartori, l'Appassito, Rosso Veneto 2012
    Sartori, Rosso Veronese 2014
    Umani Ronchi, Pelago 2012
    Falernia, Reserva, Carmenère 2014
    Fowles Wine, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch, Shiraz 2015
    Fram, Chardonnay 2015
    Fram, Chenin Blanc 2015
    Fram, Pinotage 2014
    Heartland, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Heartland, Dolcetto/Lagrein 2013
    Heartland, Spice Trader 2013
    Henschke, Henry's Seven, Syrah/Grenache/viognier, Barossa 2015
    Howard Park, Miamup, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Humberto Canale, Selección de Familia, Pinot Noir 2013
    J Lohr, Wildflower, Valdiguié 2015
    Kooyong, Clonale, Chardonnay 2016
    Laberinto, Cabernet/Merlot 2011
    Madfish, Unwooded, Chardonnay 2015
    Meinert, La Barry, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Peregrine, Mohua, Pinot Noir 2014
    Peregrine, Mohua, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Skillogalee, Basket Pressed, Shiraz 2013
    Skillogalee, Riesling 2015
    Thelema, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Thelema, Sutherland, Viognier/Roussanne 2013
    Viña Leyda, Lot 21, Pinot Noir 2013
    Viña Leyda, Reserva, Chardonnay 2016
    Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco del Fondatore 2015
    Gobillard, Grande Réserve, 1er Cru Brut NV
    Gobillard, Tradition, Brut NV
    Höpler, Eiswein 2015
    Patricius, Katinka, Late Harvest Tokaji 2015
    Patricius, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2006
    Peller Estates, Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013
    Peller Estates, Ice Cuvée, Sparkling NV
    Peller Estates, Ice Cuvee, Sparkling Rosé NV
    Pere Ventura, Tresor, Cava Brut Reserva NV
    Planeta, Rosé 2016
    Ruggeri, Quartese, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV
    Gassier, Château Gassier, Le Pas du Moine, Côtes de Provence Ste-Victoire 2016
    Ramón Bilbao, Lalomba, Rosado 2015
    El Esteco, Don David, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    El Esteco, Don David, Torrontés 2016
    El Esteco, Malbec 2013
    Trapiche, Estacion 1883, Cabernet Franc 2014
    Trapiche, Estacion 1883, Malbec 2014
    Lyme Bay, Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
    Man, Free-run Steen, Chenin Blanc 2016
    Man, Padstal, Chardonnay 2016
    Chateau Ste Michelle, Indian Wells, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • The perfect match

    Here at Enotria&Coe, we love our wine just as much as we do our food. But what we love the most, is when the two harmoniously combine. Whether you’re entertaining friends at home, or crafting a dining experience at a Michelin Star restaurant, we think creating the perfect food and wine matches is where the true fun and, indeed, magic happens.

    So, for our tasting of a delightful array of wines from the south of Italy last week, we thought we’d mix things up a bit, and let our guests pick their top food and wine pairs of the day. Split into two groups, the teams had more than 30 wines to choose to match with three dishes from Texture’s Scandinavian-inspired menu.

    Over the course of 30 minutes, the teams had time to taste and test the different flavour combinations, before presenting their winning pairs to the judging panel, made up of Kathrine Larsen MS, Jon Pepper MW, and Francesca Planeta.

    The Menu

    New season Wye Valley asparagus

    goat’s cheese, snow, hazelnuts

    Black Angus Beef, rib eye

    chargrilled, short rib, horseradish, morels

    Dark chocolate

    New season English strawberries, caramel, malt

     

    Team One – Captained by Chris Losh, Imbibe

    “For the asparagus we had a little play with Caggiano’s Greco du Tufo, but then we veered back to Planeta’s La Segreta Grillo. We figured that the sauces in the dish were quite subtle, so we didn’t want anything too over the top. There’s an attractive minerality and slight grassiness to the wine, which worked well with the asparagus without smothering any elements in the dish. This was actually a relatively easy match. We briefly dabbled with the Grecco di Tufo, but once we set our eyes on Grillo there was no going back.

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    “There was already quite a bit going on in the main course. We settled quite quickly on Santadi's Terre Brune from Sardinia. We thought it added a nice lift to the dish, cut through some of the richness, and even worked nicely with the creaminess of the horseradish. So that was a 95/100 match as far as we were concerned.

    “We struggled a bit more with the dessert, particularly as there wasn’t as many sweet wines to choose from, and also it turned out that no one in the team had a particular sweet tooth! Essentially, after working our way through some of the dessert wines on offer, we landed on Librandi’s Ciro Rosato. It took out some of the sweetness of the dish – particularly with the caramel and chocolate – and it worked flavour wise with the other elements. This helped the dish to finish on a refreshing note, rather than a sweet one, which, especially at lunch is a good thing.”

    Team Two – Captained by Dominic Jacobs , Owner of The Running Horse, Mayfair

    “We also went for Planeta’s Grillo. It cuts through the cheese and creamy elements of the dish, but doesn’t overpower any of the other elements. I think it was a natural choice. Some of the other wines, coming from such hot regions in Italy, tend to have much rounder, buttery flavours, which you don’t necessarily want when you’re pairing with quite a creamy dish. The acidity and minerality in the Grillo was just the thing to cut through the flavours.

    “For mains, we stuck with Planeta and their La Segreta Nero d’Avola. Here, the wine offered quite mild and savoury flavours, which matched well with the light red meat.

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    “Finally, for dessert, we went for Varvaglione’s Malvasia del Salento. Initially we looked at some of the sweet wines, but they didn’t complement the strawberries and chocolate as well, so looked at the other end of the spectrum with something more refreshing. The Malvasia cut through the ice-cream well and offered a nice contrast to the chocolate.”

    So there you have it, the opposing teams locked in their selections – sharing only one wine in common – but the finally judgement would be left with our expert panel.

    The judges’ verdict

    “What today has really demonstrated, is what a huge range of wines we have to match with different dishes; and how there are so many arguments for and against each match,” Jon said.

    20170503_132049“Of the whites, it was a pretty easy decision. Team One picked Planeta's La Segreta Grillo, as did Team Two. So I think we can probably call that a score draw. This is a great wine, and it’s so nice to see such appreciation for this newcomer in our portfolio, and one that offers really phenomenal value for money. A lot of depth, some nice freshness and is particularly food friendly.

    20170503_134159“On the reds, we had two different choices. Team One chose Santadi's Terre Brune, and Team Two again chose Planeta's La Segreta but this time the Nero d’Avola. Two very contrasting wines. The Nero d’Avola has a distinct freshness, vibrancy, pure fruit, and is slightly less complex. The Terre Brune is a bolder, and more complex wine, with savoury and meaty notes. We thought the combination of this savoury, meaty style in the Terre Brune, as well as the more complex aromatics – the darker fruit and earthy undertones – picked up both the meat and balsamic in the dish a little better than the Nero d’Avola. So our choice of the two was Team One with the Terre Brune,” Jon concluded.

    20170503_141512“For dessert, Team One chose Librandi’s Rosato, while Varvaglione’s Malvasia was the choice for Team Two. Both wines again have a wonderful creamy, rounded texture that paired well with the dessert, but the thing we ended up judging the winner on was where the aroma matched the best. And for us, that was the Rosato from Librandi. The pretty berry, country fruit aromas matched so well with the core element of the dessert, which was the strawberries,” Kathrine said.

    So there you have it, Team One were the victors. But of course, as Jon alluded to, there are so many fantastic combinations, many of which come down to personal preference.

  • World Cocktail Day

    In case you need an excuse to treat yourself to a cocktail, here's the perfect one – World Cocktail Day on 13th May. Here at Enotria&Coe we've had plenty of debate about which cocktails should be included on our must-drink list, and after much deliberation we decided to put the question to some of the trendiest bars around town.

     

     

    Brazilian Lady - Barrio BarsBrazilian Lady // Barrio Bars

    Ingredients

    • Abelha Cachaca
    • Cointreau
    • Passion fruit syrup
    • Lemon juice
    • Egg White

    Method 

    Shake and strain into Coupette and garnish with half a passion fruit.

     

     

     

    Join the Kew // Hush

    Hush MayfairWith a recently revamped list, this sprightly tipple – an ode to Kew Gardens – is proving to be a big hit among patrons.

    Ingredients

    • 50ml of London N1 gin
    • 20ml of hierba mate tea brewed for 20 minutes
    • 20ml of Liquorice tea brewed for 20 minutes
    • 10ml of rose’s syrup
    • 10ml of lemon juice
    • 15ml chartreuse green

    Method

    Add all ingredients and shake over a martini glass before garnish with some edible flowers.

     

     

    Serotonin Hawthorn Serotonin // Bar Hawthorn

    Ingredients

    • 30ml ELLC dry vodka
    • 10ml Belvedere unfiltered
    • 20ml Patricius Tokaji Aszu
    • 3 dashes yuzu bitters 

    Method

    Stir for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon peel.

     

     

     

     

    Burnt Pear Old Fashioned // The Blues Kitchen 

    blues kitchIngredients

    • Grilled pears
    • Cinnamon
    • Cloves
    • Ginger
    • Bourbon
    • Brown sugar
    • Apple liqueur
    • Anogosture bitters
    • Ice

    Method 

    Infuse grilled pears, cinnamon, cloves and ginger into Bourbon for seven days. Premix the bourbon with brown sugar and apple liqueur, then stir that mixture down with ice and Angostura bitters. Garnish with an orange twist and a piece of candied pear.

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