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Shop Rioja

Your chance to win £1,000 with ‘Shop Rioja’ in October

As we tiptoe into autumn, what better time to re-kindle our love for Spain’s most famous wine. From 1 to 30 October independent merchants and retailers all over the country will be raising awareness of the quality and diversity of wines from Rioja, by taking part in the month-long ‘Shop Rioja’ promotion.   Participating retailers will be in with a chance of winning £1,000 towards new Rioja wine listings, and of earning the title of Large Rioja Retailer of the Year (3 -15 outlets) or Small Rioja...

Some Young Punks new to portfolio

New Wave Australian Winemaking From Some Young Punks

Something exciting is happening Down Under. Australia’s new wave of artisan winemakers is sweeping aside the old guard and changing how we think about Australian wine.   And right at the heart of the movement is Some Young Punks. University friends Col McBryde, Jen Gardner and Nic Bourke got together with one aim: to make exceptional wine with small estate charm and a tongue in cheek attitude. They started out in 2005 with miniscule production, but since then have expanded their portfolio and grown a large and devoted...

Italian wine Etna

Hot New Wines from Italy’s Deep South

Where the Calabrian toe of Italy’s boot kicks Sicily into the Med lies a fascinating region full of mysterious traditions, fierce passions and plenty of soul. Far from the well-heeled north, this region is all about long hot summers, even longer lunches and a solid connection to the land.   Known for its rich and varied cuisine, the region is less celebrated for its wines. But there are some truly exceptional examples if you’re prepared to look. You’ve probably never heard of some of the grape varieties...

Christmas 2016 + Walker and Wodehouse

Gear up for Christmas with our seasonal promotions

It’s that time of year again! Getting ready for Christmas doesn’t have to be a headache and over the last few months we’ve been scouring lists in order to offer you the very best for this key selling period.   In our 2016 Christmas Brochure you’ll find a host of promotions perfect for this time – featuring no less than 60 wines from 12 countries, it includes brilliant 7 for 6 case deals that are ideal for floor stacks, together with 5% and 10% offers. All of...

Walker and Wodehouse Autumn Tasting Autumn 2016

Walker & Wodehouse Autumn Tastings 2016

It’s nearly time for our pre-Christmas tastings, where we will be showcasing a range from brilliant and interesting artisan producers, alongside some of our favourite ex-cellar wines, exclusive labels and parcel offers. We’ll also be launching our ‘12 Drinks of Christmas’, with some great offers and gifting ideas for the festive season.   London Monday 5 September | 11am – 4pm 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH   Bristol Tuesday 6 September | 11am – 4.30pm Glassboat, Heloise Bay, Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB   Manchester Monday 3 October | 11am - 4pm The Albert Square Chop House,...

Garage Wine Chile competition

Tweet your perfect platter to win a case of Garage Wine Co.

A nod to Bordeaux’s garagistes, Garage Wine Co. is an antidote to the big, established brands that dominate the Chilean wine market. Canadian Derek Mossman Knapp started the company with the idea of making premium Chilean wine on a small scale, by hand with his family.   His initial customer base of friends and family soon grew, with an increasing number of individuals and restaurants clamouring for his bold and beautiful wines. But despite growing in size, Garage Wine Co. has always stuck firmly to its handmade...

French Cidre Le Brun

Cidre Le Brun – the real Breton cider

Cidre Le Brun first grabbed our attention in 2015 when it won both the medium and sweet cider trophies at IWC’s International Cider Challenge. And when we tried it, we knew we were onto something special. The purity of fruit and textured mouthfeel were a real revelation about what well-made cider could be.   Founded by Jean Le Brun in 1955 on the tip of Brittany, Cidre Le Brun is a cider-maker’s cider. Production is slow, at six months from orchard to bottle, and uses 100% hand-picked...

Pierre Bise Savennieres, Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio, Gaja Toscana Vistamare

Textured whites for long summer nights

We’ve still got some long summer evenings ahead of us and what better way to spend them than outside, with a cool glass of something delicious. But moving on from those quick and zippy aperitif styles, we’ve selected three of our favourite textured whites to be lingered over and pondered as the shadows grow longer.   Classic Chenin from the Loire Pierre Bise Savennieres Clos de Coulaine Claude Papin 2013 Evolving brilliantly, this will be a star performer with cheese. Match it with a tangy goat’s cheese or an...

Cotes de Gascone wine

Cotes de Gascogne – musketeers and wine pioneers

Home of Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers, the Cotes de Gascogne has plenty to offer swashbuckling gastronomic adventurers. In this under-celebrated region, fields of sunflowers stretch lazily towards the southern French sun and foie gras isn’t so much a luxury as a way of life. This is the home of rich confit duck, mountains of charcuterie, sticky prunes and Armagnac. And the wines are equally exuberant.   From crisp, dry whites to rich, full-bodied reds, they offer superb value for money compared to their Bordeaux equivalents. It’s a...

Tomas Cuisine vineyard and wines

Tomas Cusine – a maverick in Catalan

Tomas Cusine worked for many years at his family’s iconic estate Castell del Remei, a producer very much responsible for driving international interest in Catalan wines over the last 20 years. However, in 2002 Tomas decided to forge his own way, setting up his very own eponymous winery in Spain’s Costers del Segre.   Located in the village of El Vilosell, at the southern end of Costers del Segre, Tomas crafts incredibly fresh wines using a range of grape varieties and combining early picked fruit with riper,...