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New and exclusive at London Wine Fair

The London Wine Fair is just around the corner and we’re really looking forward to being at this highlight of the London wine trade calendar. It’s a great chance to catch up with our customers, find out what trends are on the horizon and share the wines we love.   We’re particularly excited about showing the Walker & Wodehouse Essential Wines range. These are great value wines from the best wine-producing countries around the world. And they all retail at under £10 on the shelf. They are...

Grand Cru Alsace vineyard and village

A partnership based on passion

Biecher & Schaal is a partnership built on a passion for Grand Cru Alsace. Created in 2011, it is a joint venture between Olivier Biecher, whose family have been making wine in the region since 1776, and Julien Schaal, a seasoned winemaker who has trained among the best in Burgundy, Rhone, South Africa and, of course, Alsace. Both have other interests – Olivier owns his eponymous negociant, while Julien produces wine under his own name and works with the Newton Johnson brothers in Hemel en Aarde,...

Leoube wines on the Mediterranean

Pale and intriguing – Provencal rosé at its best

British drinkers are increasingly on the look-out for subtlety and elegance when it comes to rosé. While Off Trade sales of the category as a whole have fallen by 4% in the last year, those of more premium rosés from Provence have grown by 22%. Consumers are casting aside bright, fruity styles in favour of something paler, drier and more premium.   One such producer is Chateau Léoube. Relatively new on the scene, it has nonetheless been wowing critics with its beautiful wines – including recognition at...

Spring Promotions

Spring 2016 Promotions

It’s starting to look (and feel) a lot like spring, as daffodils create swathes of colour in the parks and the clocks are set to tick forward at the end of the month. With the temperatures rising, we’re excited by the prospect of drinking wines with a little more freshness and acidity. Wines with energy… vivacious wines! With this in mind we’ve put together a great selection of spring offers.   Think bright and zesty Torrontes from Salta in Argentina, citrus-laced Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige and a...

Babich New Zealand Wine

Celebrating a Centenary

Family is what it’s all about at Babich Wines, who is celebrating 100 years of family winemaking this year. As a significant player in the New Zealand wine industry, their wine portfolio includes estates across Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.   Josip Babich made the journey from Dalmatia, now Croatia, aged 14 in 1910 to join his brothers near Auckland. A few years later, at the tender age of 20, he was bottling his first wine under the Babich Brothers label.   A founding father of New Zealand wine,...

Vinonomics Wine Duty

Vinonomics – UK Wine Pricing Uncovered

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 the recently increased cost of excise duty, you get considerably more bang for your buck with premium products.   With today’s budget announcement, excise duty on wine will increase by 3p to £2.08 per 75cl bottle. Considering the average retail price of £5.39 per bottle of wine in the UK, only 68p pays for the wine itself. This is considerably less than the £2.83...

Miguel Merino Rioja Spain

Miguel Merino – Rioja with heart and soul

The UK’s love affair with Rioja continues and it is still listed as the country’s favourite wine region, with 16% of consumers preferring these Spanish reds.   Situated in Briones, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Miguel Merino produces no ordinary Rioja. Working in the wine trade, Miguel always dreamt of owning his own small ‘bodega’ and Briones provided the perfect location: old, steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate with a marked Atlantic influence. “It is very hilly and produces wines that are...

Coates & Seely english wine

Coates & Seely ‘Britagne’ joins our portfolio

As sales of English sparkling wine continue to flourish, we are delighted to announce the arrival of Coates & Seely to our portfolio. From the original idea in 2007, Christian Seely and Nicolas Coates are today proud custodians of a Hampshire vineyard they have restored and developed, in partnership with the vineyard’s owner, Daphne Cunningham.   Nestled deep in the North Downs, the original 20 acre ‘Wooldings’ vineyard has been extended to include an additional 18 acres, planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.   The two sites...

Spring Tasting

London: 7 March, 41 Portland Place, W1B 1QH ; 11am-4pm Edinburgh : 8 March, Balmoral Hotel, EH2 2EQ ; 11am-4pm - We will be featuring a range of both new and exclusive wines at our Spring Tastings this March.  New additions to the portfolio include sparkling wines from Hampshire producer, Coates and Seely together with Canadian producers; Norman Hardie and Stratus. The tasting will feature 2015 vintage wines from Babich (New Zealand) and Spier (South Africa), together with a great range of exclusive labels from both the new and old world. Aside from...

2015 Promotions

For our very first Christmas list we’ve put together a great range of 7 for 6 and 10% case deal offers, working with our suppliers to bring you the very best at this key trading time. Our offers are now live and will run until 31 December 2015.. Brilliant promotions abound from both the New World and Europe, together with magnums for gifting and Champagne gift packs. Spirits and craft beers also feature strongly, with some great new products that will add interest and depth to...