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Walker and Wodehouse at London Wine Fair 2017

Walker & Wodehouse count down to London Wine Fair

  Olympia London 22-24 May Stand C42   Visit us and taste a host of great new wines for spring and summer drinking. Here’s just a taster of the 50 wines we’ll have on show.   Vina Carmen – A new addition to the Walker & Wodehouse portfolio, Vina Carmen pairs winemaking talent with a progressive and innovative mindset. Achieving a number of firsts in its 150 year plus history, as Chile’s first winery they introduced Carmenere to the global wine stage in 1994. Most recently Tim Atkin, placed Vina Carmen as...

Wine trends for 2017

What’s trending in 2017?

As we ease out of winter, it’s time to take stock and think about what people will be drinking in the coming months. So we’ve put together a quick round-up of what we think are three key trends for 2017, when it comes to wine and spirits.   Quality over Quantity   UK consumers may be drinking less wine but they are definitely drinking better. In 2016, one in every three bottles sold in the UK On Trade was £15 or more, compared to one in five just two...

New wine from Garage wine co

Two new wines from the Chilean Crusader

In 2001 Derek Mossman Knapp and his wife Pilar started making wine quite literally in their garage. It was popular with friends, family and a few local businesses, but gained wider acclaim when it was featured in Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper in a piece about the growing, grass-roots Chilean wine movement. The newspaper referred to them as ‘that garage wine company’ - and the name stuck! 15 years later, and Garage Wine Co. is still making premium Chilean wine on a small scale, from dry-farmed...

Organic Orion wine

New to Walker & Wodehouse – Great Value Organics from Southern Italy

Orion Wines was founded in 2010 by two friends: Lucca Pomaro, 20 year veteran of the international wine scene, and Alessandro Michelon, one of Italy’s most prominent winemakers. They are a young, dynamic company with a passion for indigenous grape varieties and sustainability, packaged up with fun, innovative branding. All their wines are 100% organic and biodiversity is promoted in the vineyards.   Orion have built strong commercial relations with a number of growers and wineries in different areas of Italy, with particular emphasis on the country’s...

Chateau Maris

New producer: Robert Eden’s biodynamic paradise in Minervois

There’s sustainable winemaking and then there’s Chateau Maris. Purchased by British ex-pat Robert Eden in 1997, the 79ha domaine in Minervois’ La Liviniere (cru classe) is 100% organic and biodynamic, but it doesn’t stop there.   The winery itself helps maintain the area’s natural balance by absorbing excess CO₂ into the hemp bricks from which it is built. They will passively consume CO₂ for the next 20 to 25 years, while plants on the roof also offset emissions from the winemaking process. In addition to their carbon-neutralising...

Champagne Palmer & Co. magnum gift boxes for Mothers’ Day!

Are you gift ready? The ideal gift boxes for Mothers’ Day!

Everyone loves receiving a nice bottle, but you’ve got to admit that it makes more of an impact (read: earns you more brownie points!) if it comes in a fancy box. And they sell better too - particularly when it comes to higher value items like Champagne.   We’ve got a great selection of Champagnes and sparklers in beautiful gift boxes, so you can make a high-impact Mothers’ Day display, to grab customers’ attention as soon as they walk through the door.   Champagne Palmer & Co.   Exclusive to independents...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with Midleton whiskey

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with Fine Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey is experiencing a renaissance. Once the most popular spirit in the world, it declined in the late 19th century due to the rise of cheaper (and lighter) Scottish blended whiskies, the Irish War of Independence and Prohibition, which disastrously affected exports to the USA.   But for the last 20 years whisk(e)y drinkers the world over have been rediscovering the unique, full-bodied flavour and complex texture of traditional Pot Still Irish Whiskey, making it the fastest-growing spirit in the world for the past 20 years.   Spearheading...

spring tastings

What to look forward to at our upcoming spring tastings – 6th & 7th March 2017

With less than a week to go to our Spring Tastings – you can’t afford to miss meeting our new producers, and tasting the great range of new products we’ll be presenting in both Edinburgh and London.   Here’s an overview of what’s in store.   Wines We’ll be showing over 30 new wines and 10 new producers including: NEW TO WALKER & WODEHOUSE - A brilliant opportunity to taste a selection from the Codorniu Raventos portfolio.  The Anna de Codorniu range will be shown alongside Raimat (Costers del Segre)...

New Chilean Agencies

Introducing our brand new Chilean agencies

This spring we’ll be welcoming a number of new agencies into the Walker & Wodehouse portfolio, with a particular focus on Chile. The country has long been a go-to for excellent value, but we’re now seeing a growing interest in more diverse styles of Chilean wine. We’re thrilled to be offering this range of new products covering everyday drinking to something more special.   Carmen, Chile In 1850 Christian Lanz founded Chile’s first ever winery and named it after his wife, Carmen. And since then, the winery has...

Morgan Winery Monterey County

Minimalism in Monterey – energetic cool climate wines from Morgan

A veteran of Monterey County, Dan Lee is approaching 40 years of grape growing and winemaking in California’s Central Coast region. He opened Morgan Winery with his wife Donna in 1982, and from the beginning has taken an artisanal, vineyard-centric approach to making wine.   Sustainability and innovation are the bedrock of Dan’s approach in the vineyard. He is known for experimenting with a wide number of varieties in this cool climate region and his Double L vineyards are organically certified. In the cellar, he is best...