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  • UK Vineyard Visits Surge

    UK Vineyard Visits Surge

    A new WineGB tourism report (PDF) reveals a significant rise in vineyard visits in the UK, with a 55% increase in two years. The report highlights WineGB’s initiatives to support wine tourism and outlines seven policy changes it urges the government to implement to boost growth. The report shows that 300 vineyards and wineries are…

  • Lidl Summer and Italian Wine Tours

    Lidl Summer and Italian Wine Tours

    In June 2024, I went to a Lidl wine tasting in London, which showcased wines planned to be introduced during the Summer (mainly Iberian wine) and French Wine Tours, at the end of June 2024 and July 2024 respectively. Additionally, a selection of wines from Lidl’s core range was also being shown. Wine Tours at…

  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2024

    Decanter World Wine Awards 2024

    The Decanter World Wine Awards 2024 results are out, highlighting the best wines from over 18,000 entries across 57 countries. France led with the most top medals, including 12 Best in Show awards. Notable winners include Burgundy and Champagne. Other standout regions are Australia, Spain and Italy. The awards also featured impressive performances from emerging…

  • Celebrate English Wine Week with The Uncommon at Waitrose King’s Cross

    Celebrate English Wine Week with The Uncommon at Waitrose King’s Cross

    The Uncommon, a pioneering English winemaker, is set to take over the Waitrose Bar at its King’s Cross store during English Wine Week from 15th to 23rd June. Their canned English bubbly wines will be featured alongside a series of vibrant activities, including tastings and an English Wine Masterclass led by Phil Norman on June…

  • Premium Rosés

    Premium Rosés

    A new article from The Drinks Business highlights twelve luxury rosés, detailing their unique characteristics and appeal to fine wine enthusiasts. The selection spans various regions and styles, emphasising high-quality production and distinctive flavour profiles. These rosés are premium choices for discerning palates, often accompanied by notable packaging and prestigious vineyard reputations. Here is the…

  • Wyfold Vineyard Brut 2017

    Wyfold Vineyard Brut 2017

    Wyfold Vineyard Brut 2017 is a small release from a small site in Oxfordshire. Coming from Barbara Laithwaite CBE’s cherished two hectares of vineyards on the Chiltern Hills, this English Sparkling reflects her award-winning legacy. With accolades including a recent Gold at WineGB, a Silver Decanter Medal, and Bronze awards from both the International Wine…

  • Wine for Anti-Ageing?

    Wine for Anti-Ageing?

    Vogue has an article, Can A Compound Found In Red Wine Help Your Skin? The idea of using anti-ageing products can feel outdated, as there’s a growing preference for focusing on longevity and graceful ageing. Among the popular anti-ageing methods on social media, resveratrol has gained attention for its promising benefits. This natural compound, found…

  • UK Wine and Spirits Contributes £76 Billion to UK Economy

    UK Wine and Spirits Contributes £76 Billion to UK Economy

    Drinks Retailing News mentions a recent report commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) revealing that the UK’s wine and spirits industry contributed over £76 billion to the economy in 2022, a significant increase from £49 billion in 2017. The study, conducted by economic consultancy Cebr, found the industry generated over £22 billion…

  • French Rosé Market Slows After Boom

    French Rosé Market Slows After Boom

    Meininger’s is reporting that French rosé sales, which had seen significant growth, are now slowing down. The decline in sales is attributed to reduced purchasing power and adverse weather conditions in early summer 2023. Despite a drop in domestic sales and exports, regions like Provence and Pays d’Oc are focusing on premium segments and innovative…

  • 25% Off Wine at Tesco

    25% Off Wine at Tesco

    Tesco has save 25% off wine with Clubcard when you buy 6+ bottles that are over £5.50, from 11 June 2024 until 17 June 2024.

  • Wines of Sicilia DOC Tasting

    Wines of Sicilia DOC Tasting

    On 10th June 2024, there was a trade and press event showcasing around 150 wines from 25 producers from the Wines of Sicilia DOC. It was an excellent opportunity to explore Sicilian wine styles, taste new releases and learn about the different regions of Sicily. While Sicily boasts approximately 70 native grape varieties, Grillo (white)…

  • 25% off at Morrisons

    25% off at Morrisons

    Morrisons 25% discount on 6 or more bottles of wine, £5 or more, until 18 June 2024.

  • Las dos Caras Ribera Del Duero

    Las dos Caras Ribera Del Duero

    Las dos Caras Ribera Del Duero, a Tempranillo grape wine, is produced by Bodegas Muriel. This medium to full-bodied wine has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 14%. Despite being a white-label product, it is likely Valdecuriel by Bodegas Muriel. Upon pouring, the wine reveals a deep ruby red colour that you can’t see through,…

  • The Value of PDO Labels for Spanish Wines

    The Value of PDO Labels for Spanish Wines

    The Spanish wine industry has long experienced tension between innovation and tradition, particularly concerning the DOC system and efforts to modernise. This raises the question, does the DOC system truly have positive impact on wineries and consumers? New research Determining the influence of belonging to a wine protected designation of origin on profitability, by researchers…

  • Understanding Sicilian Wines

    Understanding Sicilian Wines

    Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is not only known for its rich history and stunning landscapes but also for its vibrant and diverse wine culture. The Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) for Sicilian wines was established on 22nd November 2011. Wine Regions of Sicily Sicily’s main wine regions can be broadly divided into…

  • Bartolomeo Lorenzi Rosso Veronese 2021

    Bartolomeo Lorenzi Rosso Veronese 2021

    From the prestigious Amarone specialist cooperative, Cantina di Negrar, celebrated as Italy’s 2019 Winery of the Year, comes the Bartolomeo Lorenzi Rosso Veronese 2021. Made by winemaker Daniele Accordini, this wine elegantly merges grapes from Valpolicella’s Classico region with air-dried Corvina, a hallmark of top-tier Amarone. While the light aroma isn’t the main focal point,…

  • Diluting the Integrity of Our Wines?

    Diluting the Integrity of Our Wines?

    The VinePair Podcast discusses whether most wine drinkers care about the origin of their wine. The hosts, Adam, Joanna, and Zach, explore if regular consumers focus more on flavour and price than appellations and vintages, especially for wines below a certain price point. They compare this to the fashion industry, where the origin of a…

  • Borsa Vini Italiani

    Borsa Vini Italiani

    I had the pleasure of attending the Borsa Vini Italiani, a trade event hosted by the Italian Trade Commission, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 4th June 2024. The event featured 41 exhibitors showcasing 197 wines from 13 regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Tuscany, Marche, Abruzzo, Campania, Apulia, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia…

  • Understanding Italian Wines

    Understanding Italian Wines

    Italy’s wine is an intricate tapestry woven from centuries of tradition, regional diversity and a large number of grape varieties. Each of Italy’s 20 regions offers a unique contribution to the country’s vast and varied wine portfolio: In 2022, Italy was the world’s largest wine producer accounting for nearly one-fifth of the global wine supply….

  • A Mano New Vintages

    A Mano New Vintages

    I first came across A Mano wines at the Liberty Wines trade and press tasting in January 2024. A Mano wines are produced by winemaker Mark Shannon, originally from California and marketing expert Elvezia Sbalchiero. These wines are made from old grape vines, aged between 70 and 100 years, in Puglia. The grapes are hand-harvested…