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Jean Perrier harvest 2018

France harvest 2018

A wet, stormy spring affected yields in some areas, but the glorious summer that followed has resulted in a largely optimistic picture from our French producers.   The north and east of France had a particularly good year, with Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy and their surrounding areas reporting both healthy yields and high quality. Elsewhere, a damp spring meant high mildew pressure, even in the Mediterranean south where this is unusual. But the long, warm summer that followed led to positive reports across the board in terms of...

Harvest at Ironstone USA

USA Harvest 2018

The wildfires of 2017, and the previous years of drought, have given the US wine industry their fair share of challenges. It’s no surprise then that 2018 has been a welcome relief for American, and especially Californian, wine producers.   A dry, warm summer has been typically followed by a cooler autumn, allowing for a long ripening period and good quantities of high-quality grapes. Yields across California have beaten 2013’s bumper year, with an impressive 4.3 million tons of grapes being harvested.   Bibendum buyer for the USA Paul...

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W&W Vinonomics

The more you pay, the better wine you get.   This might sound obvious enough, but considering the cost of packaging, logistics, VAT, total margins and excise duty, you get considerably more bang for your buck with premium products.   With the recent budget announcement, duty will be frozen on spirits, beer and cider, but for wine will rise with inflation on 1 February 2019 to £2.23 per bottle! Considering the average retail price of £5.39 per bottle of wine in the UK, only 53p pays for the wine...

A Tale of the Landless

By Christina Schneider   I read an article on estate wine recently, which opened with a statement that went a little like this: “When you see a wine described as ‘estate’ on the label, it means it’s something pretty special and you can see it as a sign of quality”.   This made me think of two very different conversations I have had with two very different winemakers over the last few weeks. One of them was Elena Currado from Vietti, whose family has been making wine in Piedmont...

England Harvest 2018

 With exceptional quality and hefty yields across the board, could 2018 be England’s greatest ever vintage?   A textbook spring followed by England’s hottest summer on record (narrowly beating 1976) has been a great boost to England’s flourishing wine industry. Quality has been comprehensive and widespread, creating a prime opportunity to explore the diversity, and might we even mention regionality, of English wine.   England buyer Jamie Avenell said, “Consumers and producers alike will be hoping that the summer of 2018 isn’t just a one off. After a slow...

Champagne deconstructed

“So do you want to taste a real zero dosage?” Xavier Berdin, Champagne Palmer & Co. cellarmaster walked over to one of the pupitres and grabbed a bottle that spent the previous weeks in an upside down position with all the sediment gathering in its neck. It was a magnum to be precise. A magnum from Palmer’s 1996 vintage.   Xavier stepped to a candle-lit metal box, holding the bottle upside down, and with a quick movement he got rid of the crown cap, the sediment shooting...

Winemaking quiz

It's a tricky business, winemaking.   We've gone all geeky and delved into the science behind the bottle - from fermentation methods to fining agents. Good luck!   Loading Winemaking var QuizWorks = window.QuizWorks || []; QuizWorks.push( [document.getElementById("embed-exam-145866"), "exam", "145866", { autostart: false, width: "100%", ...

Tasting Editions: Spain

 LONDON | 30th October, 3-6pm Hispania London, 72-74 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AY   Join us at our second ‘Tasting Editions’ event, where we focus on Spain and celebrate their diverse wines. We'll travel from the wind-swept western coast of Galicia, to the sun-soaked Mediterranean coast of Catalunya during the course of the afternoon, with a selection of our brilliant Spanish producers attending to present their wines.   This is an invitation-only trade event – please contact events@bibendum-wine.co.uk for further information....

Christmas offers for 2018

Welcome to the W&W Christmas Offers – exclusively for independent merchants.   We have more, and deeper, offers than ever before, including 20% off wines from Burgundy and the Rhone, with deals on great New World wineries, including Some Young Punks, Spier, Carmen and Catena. Fizz is well covered with offers on Ridgeview, Codorniu Cava and Bisol Prosecco, and we even have some specials on Port and Sauternes too.   We hope you have a very happy and successful Christmas – and that some of the wines in here really...

Mindful Winemaking

Covering topics like organic, sustainable, biodynamic and natural winemaking, we have launched a new one-day Mindful Winemaking training course. Designed to help you navigate the minefield of these winemaking approaches, this new course will give an in-depth understanding of each area while also covering how to best convey these concepts to your customers.   Now, more than ever, consumers are considering the impact of their choices and actions; whether it’s on their own wellbeing, on future generations’, or the planet at large. As a result, there’s been...