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Running Blog: Daily Updates In The UK Wine Industry

01/05/2021

The London Wine Competition brings you the latest updates on what is happening in the UK wine industry. Have a look.

August 11, 2021

Stylish new café-bar opens on Bristol's harbourside

A stylish new all-day café-bar has opened in a restored 18th-century sail loft on Bristol’s historic harbourside.


August 10, 2021

Chapel Down launches limited edition collection with English Orange wine and Albariño

Chapel Down has released a limited-edition wine collection, which includes the most recent vintages of what the English winemaker claims to be England's first Orange wine and England's first Albario.


August 9, 2021

Online BWS sales shoot up again

According to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index issued today, online beer, wine, and spirits (BWS) sales increased by 29.9% year over year in July compared to the previous month.


August 8, 2021

Penfolds expands luxury wine portfolio with ‘Superblends’

Penfolds has added two new ‘Superblends' made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz to its booming luxury wine collection.


August 6, 2021

Sainsbury’s and Vivino partner for wine-aisle recommendations

Sainsbury's has partnered with Vivino to give "honest peer-reviews" of wines in-store and online.


August 5, 2021

VUE Wine Bar slated for late August opening in Charlevoix

A new addition to downtown Charlevoix will soon provide another area to enjoy a bottle of wine while watching one of Northern Michigan's million-dollar sunsets.


August 4, 2021

Sipsmith launches non-alcoholic FreeGlider

With the debut of Free Glider, an alcohol-free spirit, market-leading gin manufacturer Sipsmith has become the latest distillery to enter the no and low sector.


August 3, 2021

Alliance hones in on France with three additions

Alliance Wine has become the sole UK agent for three French wineries, strengthening their offering from Burgundy, Provence and Madiran.


August 2, 2021

The EuroCave Group Announces New Chief Executive Officer

The EuroCave Group (“EuroCave” or the “Company”), the global leader in premium wine cabinets, announced today that Benoît Favier has been selected by the board of directors as its new chief executive officer (“CEO”).


July 30, 2021

Cockburn’s introduces an ‘experimental’ Port trio

Cockburn’s has produced a trio of experimental ports under the name Tails of the Unexpected.


July 29, 2021

Gusbourne signs deal as official Goodwood supplier

Gusbourne has signed a deal as an official partner of Goodwood Racecourse, as well being appointed the exclusive English sparkling wine supplier across the Goodwood Estate.


July 28, 2021

Wine bar and restaurant chain Veeno opens new Reigate branch

The Reigate branch brings the chain's total number of restaurants to nine. Its other locations include Banbury, Bristol, Reading, Edinburgh and Stratford.


July 27, 2021

Tempus Two launches French wine in the UK

Premium Australian wine brand Tempus Two, which is part of the Australian Vintage portfolio, has launched its first French wine to the UK market to date.


July 26, 2021

Shannon Tebay takes the top job at the American Bar

Shannon Tebay has been appointed as the head bartender at the American Bar at The Savoy, also taking on the role of senior mixologist at the hotel.


July 23, 2021

Win a case of Wickhams fine English wines worth £99

Wickhams and National Geographic Traveller (UK) are offering one winner the chance to taste some of the finest wines England has to offer.


July 22, 2021

Walmart unveils new collection of premium wines

American hypermarket chain Walmart has launched a range of premium labels, with a suggested retail price of US$10 for each wine.


July 21, 2021

Wines of Ukrainian brand 46 Parallel awarded with gold and silver at prestigious international competition

The 46 Parallel wines were awarded gold and silver medals at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles international competition and recognized as one of the best among 10,000 wines from 50 countries.


July 20, 2021

Kingsland moves towards employee ownership

Kingsland Drinks Group including Kingsland Drinks and newly established Ten Locks has made a move to being partially employee-owned.


July 19, 2021

Master Sommelier Eric Zwiebel Joins The Judging Panel

Eric Zwiebel, Master Sommelier, Executive Head Sommelier at the Summer Lodge joins the London Wine Competition 2022 Judging Panel.


July 16, 2021

Government purchase of wine increases by £26,000

The government's wine cellars were topped up to the tune of £73,000 last year - an increase of £26,000 on the year before, latest figures reveal.

Lord Foster designs major new UK winery

Lord Foster’s architecture firm, Foster & Partners, has turned its focus to the UK winery scene after previously designing cellars at Château Margaux and Le Dôme in Bordeaux, as well as the Bodegas Portia winery in Ribera del Duero.


July 15, 2021

Georgian UK wine exports soar 60%

Exports of Georgian wine to the UK soared 60% in volume in the last year, albeit from a small base.


July 14, 2021

Foster design for UK’s biggest wine project

Famous architect firm Foster and Partners has designed a winery for what will become the UK’s biggest single wine producer when its plantings mature.


July 12, 2021

Online BWS sales soar 52%

Online beer, wine and spirits (BWS) sales soared the week commencing 27 June as England prepared to play Germany for a place in Euro 2020.


July 9, 2021

Wines of Portugal promo boost independent sales

Wines of Portugal is reporting a sales uplift of +286% in volume and +300% in value at participating retailers that were specially selected for June’s month-long promotion.


July 8, 2021

Co-op becomes first supermarket to sell Chateau La Negly

Languedoc producer Chateau La Negly has made its wine available to buy for the first time at a UK supermarket with a launch into Co-op.


July 7, 2021

Charles Krug makes UK debut

Napa Valley winery Charles Krug has appointed Top Selection to distribute its wines in the UK, marking the first time the producer will export to the UK in its 160 year history.


July 6, 2021

A winery across the Prut became the most awarded winery in the world in 2021. How many medals did he get in the first months of the year

A winery across the Prut became the most awarded winery in the world in 2021. How many medals did he get in the first months of the year. 


July 5, 2021

Full On-trade Reopening Widely Tipped For 19 July

The Prime Minister is expected to brief the nation with the latest update on the 19 July lifting of restrictions at 5 pm on Monday 5 July.


July 2, 2021

Top Cuvée team announce expansion into Bethnal Green as they launch new shop and hidden wine bar

Brodie Meah and Max Venning continue their rise as the fastest growing supplier of natural wine in the UK.


July 1, 2021

Robert Parker unveils ‘green’ search filters and emblem

Robert Parker Wine Advocate has unveiled two new search filter capabilities on its website that allow users to search for wines that are certified organic and/or certified biodynamic.


June 30, 2021

Pubs And Restaurants To Bounce Back “with A Vengeance” In 2022-2024

A total of £3.1bn growth is expected for the UK eating and drinking out a market from 2022-24, new data has forecasted, with pubs and restaurants set to claim a £1.3bn share.


June 29, 2021

Renegade wine made in Bethnal Green – with YOUR face on it

Warwick Smith is Bethnal Green’s first and so far only winemaker, and probably the only one that puts his customers’ faces on the bottle.

Chapel Down raises 90% of funding goal

Chapel Down has raised more than 90%, or £6.3m, of its funding goal in just over three weeks, with more than 3,600 investors joining it so far. 


June 28, 2021

The East London restaurant which has the 'best rooftop bar in Europe'

The rooftop garden features a living garden and provides sunset yoga, in addition to an amazing drink programme.


June 25, 2021

Bordeaux Wine Month back for fourth year

Bordeaux Wine Month is returning for its fourth year this September, offering independent retailers the chance to boost their Bordeaux sales.


June 24, 2021

Why we’re all suddenly obsessed with English wine

Business is booming in the UK wine industry — what’s the story behind the surge? Jessica Benjamin finds out.


June 23, 2021

Diogenes the Dog's Sunny Hodge to open second London wine bar

Sunny Hodge, founder of independent wine bar Diogenes the Dog in London's Elephant & Castle, is opening a second wine bar in Battersea.


June 22, 2021

London Cru and D&D London unveils English wine collaboration

Urban winery London Cru has teamed up with D&D London to create D&D Cru – an English still wine aged in Burgundian 1er Cru barrels with a culinary focus.


June 21, 2021

Prophecy Adds Three Wines To Its UK Portfolio

US wine brand Prophecy has added three wines to its UK portfolio following the launch of its rosé last year.


June 18, 2021

Delivery and takeaway has legs as May sales boom

CGA’s latest Hospitality at Home Tracker shows that takeaway and delivered sales from restaurant and pub groups in GB were 273% higher in May this year versus May 2019, despite the return of eating indoors in the second half of the month.


June 17, 2021

Government Extends Rent Moratorium to March 2022

The Government has announced new legislation which will extend the rent moratorium past the former 30 June 2021 deadline, while also introducing a new arbitration system to solve disputes between landlords and commercial tenants affected by the pandemic. 


June 16, 2021

Wine Bar Hector’s To Open In De Beauvoir

Hector’s, run by former Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his wife actor Anna Shaffer (along with the backing of current Hill & Szrok owner Luca Mathiszig-Lee), is taking inspo from the bars of Paris, San Sebastian and Lisbon, and bringing those European vibes to De Beauvoir.


June 15, 2021

Napa’s Darioush Winery Announces Partnership with Victoria and Albert Museum In London, United Kingdom for All-New ‘Epic Iran’ Exhibition

Darioush is excited to announce a partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom, in conjunction with the opening of the museum’s expansive new exhibition, Epic Iran. 


June 14, 2021

Former I Heart bods launch own wine business

Two former senior members of Freixenet Copestick’s I Heart team have joined forces to launch their own mainstream wine brand.


June 11, 2021

Hospitality predicted to bounce and exceed 2019 sales in 2022

The total eating and drinking out market is expected to see 44.7% YOY growth in 2022, the equivalent value of almost £92bn and surpassing its 2019 value growth as pent up demand is set to give the sector a boost in its recovery from the pandemic.


June 10, 2021

‘Influential’ and ‘Independent’ Campaign from generic body Wines of Portugal

Support your independent retailer and buy local as Wines of Portugal launches a campaign to promote Portuguese wines throughout June.

Mitchelton Wins International Wine Awards

Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie has received local and international recognition with an array of top awards recently.

Wine of the Week: Refresh with Frind Estate Winery Riesling

Frind Estate Winery hit the headlines when its famous owner Markus Frind, creator of the legendary dating site Plenty of Fish decided to change his lifestyle and dive into the wine industry in 2017.


June 9, 2021

Domaine Lafage Unveils Sparkling Rosé Fermented With Beer Yeast

Roussillon producer Domaine Lafage has launched a sparkling rosé in the UK, marking the first such wine to emerge from the French region, according to the producer.


June 8, 2021

Rousset And Pineau Extend Partnership With New Bar

Xavier Rousset MS and bar owner Steve Pineau have teamed up again, this time to open a new prohibition-style bar named Nocturne. 

Gancia® Brings Aboard Top-5 World-Renowned Oenologist Dr. Donato Lanati to Consult Across Wine Portfolio

Dr. Lanati helped make Gancia's first-ever Prosecco Rosé D.O.C., released earlier this year.


June 7, 2021

Global Alcohol Consumption To Return To Pre-covid Levels By 2023

The global beverage alcohol market is showing positive signs of recovery and is projected to grow 2.9% in volume by the end of 2021, according to IWSR research.


June 3, 2021

Sally Abé’s New Restaurant ‘the Pem’ Opening At The Conrad London St James

Chef Sally Abé’s eagerly anticipated new restaurant will open on Thursday 1st July at the Conrad London St James.

Recruitment And Retention ‘huge’ Concerns For Hospitality

Fears of staff shortages after the pandemic and Brexit, plus challenges in keeping post-furlough teams productive have come out as key concerns for hospitality business leaders. 


June 2, 2021

Hollywood Star Pedro Pascal Becomes Casillero Del Diablo Ambassador

Hollywood movie star Pedro Pascal has been unveiled as the first global brand ambassador for Chile wine brand, Casillero del Diablo

AI wine tasting tech ‘Tastry’ hits Europe this year

An artificial intelligence system that helps winemakers choose the perfect tanks for blending will arrive in Europe in 2021


June 1, 2021

UKH Urges English Outlets To Prepare For New Business Rates Payments

UK Hospitality (UKH) has urged sector businesses in England to fully prepare for new business rates payments that will kick in from 1 July, with new bills expected to land in the coming weeks.

ProWein joins forces with WSET on an education initiative

A joint initiative between two drinks industry powerhouses – The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and ProWein trade fair – has resulted in 30 young wine professionals qualifying in their “Level 2 Award in Wines”, despite challenges thrown up by the pandemic.


May 31, 2021

Trio of Coteaux Champenois AOC wines launched​

This month's selection of new products includes an altruistic rum, new ultra-lightweight glassware from Nude and a premium Prosecco looking to have a pop at champagne.

Mereworth Wines Near Maidstone To Open New Taproom For Wine Tasting

After successfully beginning to sell from the cellar door in April, now Mereworth Wines, which is based near Maidstone, plans to allow visitors to taste their creations at the heart of the winery.


May 28, 2021

Post Malone Launches Maison No 9 Rosé Wine

Post Malone has launched his own rosé wine in time for the great British summer, called Maison No 9.

Association Of Wine Educators Announces New Chairperson

The Association of Wine Educators (AWE), which brings together specialist wine educators from all over the UK and around the world, has announced Mandy Stevens as its new chairperson.


May 27, 2021

Waitrose Unveils Mixed English Wine Case

Waitrose has launched a new mixed wine case comprising a selection of homegrown wines.

Stage is set for the West End’s revival

The owner of property in Carnaby Street and Chinatown has hailed the beginning of the revival of London’s West End as retailers and restaurants reopen in anticipation of a boom in domestic tourism.


May 26, 2021

Home Delivery And Takeaway Continued To Boom In April

Despite the easing of on-trade restrictions, April delivered another bumper month for home delivery and takeaway dining from restaurant groups, with sales 345% higher than April 2019.

Kingsland Drinks Launches Consumer Campaign For Baron De Ley

Kingsland Drinks and Barón de Ley plan to target UK wine drinkers with a consumer campaign, headed up by celebrity chef, Omar Allibhoy, also known as “The Spanish Chef.”


May 25, 2021

Only Two In Five Hospitality Business Leaders Say They’re Trading At Profit, Though Confidence Is On The Rise

Only two in five hospitality businesses are now either trading or are expected to trade at a profit by the end of June, a new survey from CGA and Fourth has revealed.

Britain is aiming for new tariffs on American wine and chocolate

Britain is aiming for new tariffs on American wine and chocolate.


May 21, 2021

‘First-day back’ sales see 25% uplift for bars and restaurants on 17 May

After five weeks of outdoor-only trading, CGA research has revealed a strong start to the week for managed groups as consumers make the most of being able to drink and eat indoors for the first time since December.

The people behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels have launched a new space in east London

 It’s great news, then, that the folks behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels have launched a new ‘cultural destination’ in east London.


May 20, 2021

Why It’s Smart To Order The Second-cheapest Wine On The Menu

"It is an urban myth that the second-cheapest wine is an especially bad buy."

Open all hours: London’s best late-night bars

This summer is set to issue a corrective. Curfews are gone and heading indoors is no longer off-limits.

First Look: Turul Project – A Hungarian Restaurant, Wine Bar and Deli opens in North London

Launching in May and June, Turul Project is a new Hungarian restaurant, wine bar and deli heading to North London. 


May 19, 2021

Sustainable Wine Pioneer Garçon Wines Secures $1m Investment

Garçon Wines, the London-headquartered sustainable wine start-up, has secured £670,000 ($935,000) of investment in parent company Delivering Happiness.

Johnson Delays Definitive End Of 1m Rule

Boris Johnson has scrapped plans to announce a final deadline for the end of social distancing this month as the number of cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant leaps by 1,000 in just four days.


May 18, 2021

UK set for £2.5bn Hospitality Sales Bonanza

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues in the UK are set for a much-needed £2.5bn sales boom this week as indoor service resumes.

Indoor hospitality and entertainment venues reopen in England – in pictures

The roadmap for lockdown easing continues as pubs reopen indoors and people can travel abroad – to a select group of countries – for holidays.


May 17, 2021

Mondrian Shoreditch London to open July 2021

Mondrian Shoreditch London will mark the return of the Mondrian brand to London when the new hotel launches in spring 2021 and will be the sixth property in the global portfolio.

Wines of Portugal at the Digital London Wine Fair

Ranking 3rd in value in terms of exports of Portuguese wines, the UK is a key focus for Portuguese producers. 


May 14, 2021

Digital Strategies And Synergies Continue To Rise In Importance As Businesses Physically Reopen

The on-trade is finally allowed to open indoors across England, Wales and Scotland on Monday 17 May, ending months of hospitality lockdown, alongside the ramping up of what was previously deemed non-essential retail.

New Croatian Wine Importer Launches In The UK

Denison-Smith told Drinks Business that he believes the UK market is ready for Croatian wine, and that its indigenous grapes will pique consumers’ curiosity.


May 13, 2021

Gran Vino de Rueda sets bar high for Verdejo

The launch of a new quality tier Gran Vino de Rueda in Spain’s leading white DO aims to elevate the visibility of the top wines from the region.

Majestic Wine offers a "year's supply of wine" to help find new stores

Majestic Wine is offering customers a year’s supply of wine if they help the retailer to find new sites for future stores, as part of a renewed commitment to bricks and mortar retail.


May 12, 2021

Austrian Wine records ‘significant’ UK sales increase

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has recorded a “significant” increase in sales of its wines in the UK and US following one of its largest retail campaigns in years. 

Amathus expands portfolio of Italian wineries

Amathus Drinks has announced a “significant expansion” of its agency portfolio of Italian wineries.


May 11, 2021

Pm Confirms Reopening Of Hospitality From 17 May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that hospitality venues will be able to open for indoor trading from 17 May, as part of the next stage of restrictions being lifted.

A Three-week-long Rosé Wine Festival Is Coming To London Very Soon

Summer is just around the corner, which means rosé season is almost upon us.


May 10, 2021

Artisan Wine & Spirit Co opens on Winchester Street

Artisan Wine & Spirit Co, on Winchester Street, will be Salisbury's "only independent wine merchant", and has special offers in place to celebrate its opening.

Couple's Search For Norwich Home For Natural Wine Shop And Bar

A couple who started a lockdown natural wines business is on the hunt for a home for a bottle shop and cheese and wine bar in Norwich.


May 7, 2021

First CBD-infused wines out of South America land in UK

New CBD-infused wines from South America are to make their debut in the UK this month, adding the first Latin American flavour to this nascent category.

Champagne Castelnau Appoints New Cellar Master

Champagne Castelnau has appointed Carine Bailleul as its new chef de caves, who will replace the house’s current cellar master, Elisabeth Sarcelet.


May 6, 2021

Concha y Toro sales growth driven by UK, Chile and USA

Viña Concha y Toro has revealed that markets including the UK, Chile and USA drove sales growth in the first quarter of this year.


May 5, 2021

Nederburg Appoints New Cellar Master

Nederburg has appointed Samuel Viljoen as its new cellar master. 

Extensive Media Coverage for London Wine Competition Winners

The London Wine Competition 2021 winners get recent media coverage.


May 4, 2021

Poplar Grove Recognized Across The Pond For Legacy Blend

Penticton's Poplar Grove Winery has taken home some major awards from the fourth annual London Wine Competition in London, England this March.

The Cellar Wine Bar To Open In King’s Cross

After opening The Cellar in the Cotswolds last September, founders Mike White and Michael O’Sullivan are bringing the wine bar to London and opening in King’s Cross.


May 3, 2021

Jo Irvine On Winning Best Wine In London Wine Competition

“It’s a fantastic accolade for a small family-owned winery in the Barossa to win on the world stage.” This is what it means for Australian winemaker Joanne Levrier to have been awarded the best overall wine in the 2021 London Wine Competition for her Levrier 2015 Anubis Barossa Cabernet. 

Alliance Strengthens On-trade Team With Three Hires

Alliance Wine has expanded its on-trade team with three new senior recruits to bolster growth as the on-trade re-opens.


April 30, 2021

Australian UK Wine Exports Continue To Rise

Australian wine exports to the UK continued to rise in the last 12 months, with both value and volume in double-digit growth.

R120m Wine Farm Ready To Start Near East London

East London is poised for a bumper wine harvest in mid-2026 with the news that Lathitha Wines, should, within two weeks, announce the start of its R120m massive wine farm enterprise only 23km outside East London.


April 29, 2021

Sustainable Wine Pioneer Garçon Wines Secures $1m Investment

Garçon Wines, the London-headquartered sustainable wine start-up, has secured £670,000 ($935,000) of investment in parent company Delivering Happiness.

Habla Nº22 Crowned Best Wine by Value

Habla Nº22 is richly rewarded for its excellent showing at the 2021 London Wine Competition.


April 28, 2021

Asda Groups Wine By Grape Rather Than Region

Asda has unveiled a major change in the setup of its wine aisles by becoming the first major UK supermarket to group all wine by grape instead of by country.

Success at the 2021 London Wine Competition!

Canned Wine Co. has been awarded three medals at the 2021 London Wine Competition. 


April 27, 2021

Hospitality In Wales And Scotland Reopen With 8 pm Indoor Curfew For Scotland

Hospitality businesses can now open in Wales and Scotland for the first time since December, with Scotland’s ‘indoors but without alcohol’ policy putting it ahead of England’s outdoor-only phase of its current roadmap.

Fine Wine Partners rebrands to Accolade Fine Wines

Bootyard in Dalston is already home to 40FT Brewery and The Dusty Knuckle, and now it’s got even better as Slurp wine bar has set up shop there too.


April 26, 2021

Colomba Bianca Wines Awarded At The "London Wine Competition 2021"

Gold and silver medals for two wines from the cooperative based in the Trapani area.

Fine Wine Partners rebrands to Accolade Fine Wines

Accolade Wines' fine wines division has been re-named Accolade Fine Wines by the company in order to facilitate a “customer-centric offering” that will move away from focusing on brands only within Australia.


April 23, 2021

Crispin Founders To Launch Soho Wine Bar

The duo behind London restaurant Crispin has announced they will open a natural wine bar with food under the same name in Soho this summer.

Nearly Half Of Consumers In England Flock To Hospitality Venues

Nearly half (44%) of adults in England have visited pubs, bars and restaurants since they re-opened for outdoor service on the 12 April, beating last year’s rate of return to hospitality following the easing of restrictions after the first lockdown.


April 22, 2021

Gironde. The Lumeau vineyards of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne win a silver medal in London

Lumeau vineyards in Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (Gironde) obtained the silver medal for their first participation in the London wine competition, for two of their wines.

London Wine Fair Launches Preview Event For On-trade

The London Wine Fair has launched a day-long Welcome Back Wednesday preview event for the on-trade, which is due to take place on 28 April.


April 21, 2021

Amfora London Joins Uk's Growing Canned Wine Sector

Amfora London is bringing a range of wines in cans to the UK market.


April 20, 2021

Mcguigan Boosts UK Black Label Distribution

Australian wine giant McGuigan is increasing the distribution of its core Black Label range, which will be available in Tesco and Morrisons this spring.

The London Wine Competition Announces 2021 Top Medalists

The London Wine Competition is an international wine competition organized by Beverage Trade Network. Recently they announced the top-ranked wines selected in the 2021 competition.


April 19, 2021

The London Wine Competition Announces 2021 Top Medalists

The London Wine Competition is an international wine competition organized by Beverage Trade Network. Recently they announced the top-ranked wines selected in the 2021 competition.

Ukrainian Wines Won Awards At The London Wine Competition 2021

At the prestigious international competition London wine competition 2021, Ukrainian wines were recognized as one of the best, the press service of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration reported.

Spanish Winery Won The Jury Of The London Wine Competition

The jury awarded Habla Nº22 with the highest awards in three nominations: "Best value for money", "Best Tempranillo wine", "Best Spanish wine".


April 16, 2021

Vallonne And Charosa Win Silver At London Wine Competition

Nashik- based wineries Vallonne and Charosa awarded a Silver medal each scoring 83 points for their Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and Chenin Blanc 2019.

This Is The Wine With The Best Value For Money Of 2021, According To The London Wine Competition

The renowned awards of the London Wine Competition, a contest in which wineries from 36 countries around the world participate, have chosen a Spanish wine, from a winery in Trujillo (Cáceres), as the ‘Best Value Wine’ of 2021.

Olevano Romano - Silver Medal For The Cesanese Sanvitis At The London Wine Competition

The Cesanese di Olevano Romano Doc 2017 by SanVitis earns a new award, the Silver Medal for the “Lazio red” comes from the London Wine Competition.


April 15, 2021

Judges Announce Winners In The 2021 London Wine Competition

This year’s London Wine Competition saw wines entered from nearly 40 countries, covering 135 different grape varietals. But which ones came out top? Here are the highlights from this year’s competition.

Australia Takes Top Spot At 2021 London Wine Competition

Australia’s 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon made by Levrier Wines in the Barossa Valley has been awarded Wine of the Year in the fourth annual London Wine Competition.

2021 London Wine Competition Winners Announced

2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon made by Levrier Wines in Australia won the superlative ‘Wine of the Year’ award.


April 14, 2021

Habla Nº22 Wins Best Value Award At The 2021 London Wine Competition

Spanish Tempranillo, Habla Nº22 scored 95 points at the 2021 London Wine Competition and the top value score making it the best value for money wine in the world.


April 13, 2021

The Results Of The 2021 London Wine Competition Are Out

This year’s competition saw entries from more than 36 countries. 135 different types of grape varietals were entered with the top three being Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


April 12, 2021

2021 London Wine Competition Winners Announced

2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon made by Levrier Wines in Australia won the superlative ‘Wine of the Year’ award.

Top Wine-focused London Restaurants That Are Reopening This Week

As outdoor hospitality reopens in England today, The Drinks Business rounded up the best wine-focused restaurants in London, as featured in Wine List Confidential, that are welcoming guests once again.


April 9, 2021

Chablis On Thames: The Rise Of The Urban Winery

Grown in England, made in south London, Blackbook’s wines are the new stars of a global trend. 

Britain’s Prince Philip Dies At Age 99

Prince Philip, the Greece-born royal who as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving consort to a British sovereign, died Friday. He was 99.


April 8, 2021

Trade Hospitality App Adds New Membership Tiers Ahead Of Re-opening

The Trade Hospitality app has launched two new membership tiers ahead of the 12 April partial on-trade re-opening, with access to private member clubs and a corporate deal now featured.


April 7, 2021

Hungarian Winery Partners With CANPACK To Launch Sparkling Wines In Cans

Hungarian winery Font Pincészet has partnered with CANPACK to release its white and rose sparkling Font Secco wines in sophisticated matte-finished cans.

Jascots To Step Up Presence Outside London

Jascots Wine has, together with its new owners Freixenet Copestick, revealed plans to expands its footprint outside its London heartland.


April 6, 2021

Interesting Wines From ‘man-made’ Grape Varieties

A little scientific tinkering makes hardy grapes and delicious wine.

Aldi Launches Online Wine School To Help Baffled Boozers Become Connoisseurs

A budget supermarket chain is hoping to turn UK drinkers into wine buffs rather than wine bluffs.


April 5, 2021

Majestic wine expands store footprint in UK

Majestic revealed they had seen record new customers, 70% of which were recruited through stores, and significant online growth in the past 12 months.


April 2, 2021

R120m Wine Farm Ready To Start Near East London

East London is poised for a bumper wine harvest in mid-2026 with the news that Lathitha Wines, should, within two weeks, announce the start of its R120m massive wine farm enterprise only 23km outside East London.


April 1, 2021

Brits Embrace At Home Wine Drinking 

According to IWSR research, driven by Covid-19 lockdowns and closure of the on-trade, the at-home occasion has helped consumers reconnect with wine, with Brits having increasingly embraced wine drinking within the comfort of their own home during the pandemic.

Vinexpo Paris 2021 Cancelled

Vinexpo Paris and Wine Paris 2021 have been cancelled due to the pandemic, despite being moved to the later date of June this year.


31/3/2021

21 Of The Best Outdoor Dining Spots In London

Read on for Vogue’s guide to the best outdoor restaurants in London.

Primum Familiae Vini Wine Collection Sells For £81,250

Case number one of the limited edition Primum Familiae Vini 2020 collection has just been sold at Sotheby’s for £81,250, smashing its £30,000 opening bid price.


30/3/2021

Zero Covid Deaths Reported In London For Second Time This Year

Public Health England (PHE) figures for 28 March showed no deaths had been registered of patients within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

Belgian Wine Is Making A Global Name For Itself

 The Chant d’Éole, from an estate in Quévy, south of Mons in Wallonia, won the gold medal for “Best Sparkling Wine” at the London Wine Competition. 


26/3/2021

Majestic Wine Bucks Retail Trend With New Store Opening

Majestic Wine has revealed a new expansion strategy as it targets future growth across the UK.

How To Get Picnics, Wine And Top-notch Meals Delivered To You In The Park 

If you are planning a posh picnic in the park, from March 29th these companies will deliver food and drink right to your rug.


25/3/2021

Ethical Bordeaux Wine Distributor Sets Sights On UK

An ethical Bordeaux wine distribution start-up has announced its ambition to launch in the UK.

The Best Al Fresco Terraces Opening Across London This April

In a few weeks’ time, Londoners will finally be let loose on their favourite bars and restaurants to enjoy a safe alfresco drink or meal with up to five of their friends. 


24/3/2021

Amfora London Joins UK's Growing Canned Wine Sector

Nick Solomides, the founder at Amfora London, said: “We are eager to show our commitment to bringing premium canned wines to the UK.

The Dorchester Will Open It's First-Ever Rooftop Restaurant And Bar

The Dorchester is set to debut its first-ever rooftop restaurant and bar.

19 Crimes Launches New Coffee-infused Red Wine

19 Crimes has announced the launch of The Deported, the UK’s first coffee-infused red wine.


23/3/2021

Campo Viejo To Launch Winemaker’s Blend In The UK

Campo Viejo has announced the launch of Winemaker’s Blend, a new blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal.

London Wine Fair Launches Preview Day In April

Like the main exhibition, which runs from 17- 19 May, the preview day of the London Wine Fair will be 100% digital, and there will be wines available to taste for the registered attendees.


22/3/2021

B.C. Wineries Look To Improve Market Share As Restaurant Sales Plummet

Sales of B.C. wines in restaurants are down more than 50% as wineries innovate to convince local customers to buy direct-from-source.

Shaw Wines Now Offers Wine Tastings Via Private Jet & Chopper

London Wine Competition winner, Shaw Wines has introduced a private jet & chopper for a unique wine tasting experience. 


16/3/2021

UK’s First Indian Wine Specialist Launches

India’s only Master of Wine, Sonal Holland, has selected the wines for the UK’s first Indian wine specialist – Wines in India – to help bring the nation’s best wines to Britain.

Tesco Launches Charitable Somms Service

Tesco has launched a charitable wine service that gives shoppers access to tailored tips from sommeliers.


15/3/2021

Covid Fuels Portuguese Thirst For Premium Wine

According to the latest Portugal Wine Landscapes 2021 report from Wine Intelligence, the Covid-19 pandemic has added fuel to a trend among regular Portuguese wine drinkers for more expensive wines.

Jane Eyre Used To Cut Hair. Now She's The 'princess Of Pinot'

A decade after starting her own winery, Eyre was named négociant of the year by influential wine trade magazine La Revue du Vin de France.


12/3/2021

Vinexpo To Launch New Show In India This Year

Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse has confirmed bold plans to launch a new show in New Delhi this year, placing his trust in the growing Indian market despite a tumultuous year for trade show organisers defined by the ongoing pandemic. 

Why Wine Lovers Must Check Out The London Wine Competition

The British capital is the world’s most important wine city - and the London Wine Competition is where the best wines are celebrated.


11/3/2021

Specialist Indian Wine Agency Launches In UK

A new UK agent specialising in Indian wines has launched.

South American UK Off-trade Wine Sales Thrive

According to new NielsenIQ research shared exclusively with Harpers, South American wine sales in the UK off-trade have thrived in the past couple of years, showing double-digit value growth, up 12% in 2019 and 24% in 2020 (year to 2 January 2021). 

English Sparkling Wine Is About To Get Its Own Quality Hallmark

There is set to be the 'introduction of a smart new quality hallmark for sparkling wines, called the Great British Classic Method hallmark.'


10/3/2021

‘Great Man Of Wine’ Steven Spurrier Dies At Home

It is with immense sadness that we have received news that the ‘great man of wine’ Steven Spurrier died at home earlier yesterday.

Highweald Beverages Joins Top 10% of UK Land-Under-Vine Owners, Following Acquisition of Second Sussex Vineyard

The acquisition of Pookchurch adds 800% to production across the Highweald Beverages wine portfolio, increasing potential total yield for 2021 to 225 tonnes of grape, as demand for UK wine continues to grow.

Steven Spurrier: Wine Loses An Iconoclast

He famously arranged the celebrated Judgment of Paris, but there was more to Steven Spurrier than just one tasting.


8/3/2021

Trailblazers Event To Raise Funds For Women In Hospitality

A leading group of female creatives from across the drinks and art worlds are coming together for a panel discussion to share what makes them tick while raising funds for Celebrate Her, an organisation run by The Artesian bar manager Anna Sebastian.

Five Of The Best UK Wine Merchants Outside Of London

The Drinks Business shines a light on the bricks and mortar wine retailers based outside of London that is themselves destination retailers for wine lovers.


5/3/2021

E&J Gallo Makes Nearly Three-quarters Of Premium US Wine Sold In UK

California-based E&J Gallo has revealed it produces almost three-quarters of the US wines priced at £7 and over per bottle that are sold in the UK off-trade.

12 Best Mother’s Day Hampers And Gift Boxes To Spoil Her With

From delicious food parcels and indulgent cocktail boxes to skincare and pampering packages. 


4/3/2021

Online Wine Business Founded By Richard Branson Soars 20% In Latest E-commerce IPO

Virgin Wines is the latest e-commerce company to enjoy cheers from an initial public offering during the COVID-19 pandemic, with shares in the group jumping 20% after floating in London on Tuesday.

Budget 2021: Hospitality Vat Cut Extended And Alcohol Duties Frozen

The UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the 5% reduced rate of VAT for hospitality for six months and has frozen alcohol duties for a second consecutive year.


3/3/2021

I Heart Wines sales exceeded 31m bottles in 2020

More than 31 million bottles of the I Heart wine brand were sold in 2020 after it enjoyed significant growth in several international markets.

Things To Do During Lockdown: March 2021

It’s time to start daydreaming of seeing friends again! Until then, there’s still plenty of ways to get creative and see familiar faces online.


26/2/2021

London Weather: BBC And Met Office Predict A Glorious 16 Hours Of Sunshine This Weekend

And as all Londoners know, there's a nowhere better place in the world than London in the sun.

Stocking Up: Booze Brand Virgin Wines Confirms £110m London Float

Alcohol subscription service Virgin Wines today confirmed plans to list on the London Stock Exchange next week in a move that will value the company at £110m.


25/2/2021

Wine Most Popular Online Drinks Purchase

According to CGA research, more than half (53%) of consumers have bought wine online during the pandemic —twice as many as having purchased lager (26%) and gin (24%). 

London weather: Accuweather forecasts 4 days of snow to hit the capital in March

The dazzling weather is set to continue through the week with bright sunshine and temperatures above 10C up to the start of March.


24/2/2021

Natural And Organic Online Wine Shop Launches In The UK

Natural and organic e-commerce wine shop, Lucy’s Wine, has launched in the UK.

Provence Rosé Exports To UK Soar

According to the latest official figures from French Customs and the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP), exports of Vins de Provence rosé wines to the UK soared 51% in both volume and value from 2019 to 2020.


15/2/2021

Best alcohol delivery services in London

Stock up your liquor cabinets with these delivery services that will bring your favourite drinks straight to your doorstep.


12/2/2021

Borough Wines Appoints Gavin Brooks As Chief Operating Officer

Borough Wines has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer as the company expands its Sustainable Wine Solutions offering to the trade.


11/2/2021

You Can Now Be Paid To Drink Wine At Home

You can now get paid to drink wine at home, and receive a year's free supply.


10/2/2021

WineGB To Focus On Tourism And Retail This Year

WineGB will be focusing on wine tourism and the retail sector this year, alongside a focus on the themes of sustainability and innovation.


9/2/2021

Christie’s And Perrier-Jouët Announce Global Collaboration

Champagne house Perrier-Jouët and auction house Christie’s have announced a two-year global collaboration, offering collectors the chance to visit the Maison.

Why Top Buyers Want To Judge In The London Wine Competition

Here’s our second round-up of what its senior judges think of the 2021 London Wine Competition.


8/2/2021

Wales Comes Out Top As “most sophisticated” UK Wine Nation

When it comes to buying wine, the Welsh are the most sophisticated while the English hunt for a bargain, according to data which aims to map the buying behaviours of UK drinkers.

WineGB Reveals Calendar Of Activities For 2021

WineGB has revealed a plan to focus on wine tourism and the retail sector this year through a series of events.


5/2/2021

Aldi Selling Chocolate Wine For Valentine’s Day

Discount retailer Aldi is getting its customers in the mood for Valentine’s Day via a red wine called The Chocolate Cellar infused with “natural dark chocolate flavours”.

Italy’s Biggest Online Wine Retailer Posts €17m Rise In Revenue

Italy’s largest online wine and spirits retailer, Tannico, which is part-owned by Campari, has reported a near €20 million rises in revenue during 2020.


4/2/2021

I Heart Wines And Mars Reveal Valentine's Day Collaboration

I Heart Wines has teamed up with confectionary brand Mars to deliver a ‘Give More’ partnership.


3/2/2021

Business Group Calls For £35bn Support Package To Prevent Financial ‘oblivion’

The Independent Business Network (IBN) is the latest business group to call for financial help for the pub and restaurant sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Here’s How A Digital London Wine Fair Will Work

As reported last month, May’s London Wine Fair will be a virtual event, but what does that mean for visitors and exhibitors? And how much will it cost? Here’s what to expect.


2/2/2021

Grocery BWS Sales Boom In January With Hospitality Lockdown

Alcohol sales in the grocery sector grew overall by 29% in January boosted by the closure of the on-trade sector with the Covid-19 lockdown.  


1/2/2021

Could We See The Wine List?

The top restaurants that are raiding their cellars for home wine deliveries.

Interloire Appoints Local Winemaker As New President

InterLoire, the interprofessional body for Loire Valley Wines, has appointed local winemaker Lionel Gosseaume as its new president. He takes over from Jean-Martin Dutour as of now.


29/1/2021

AOC Bordeaux Invests €4 Million To Re-launch Its Tourism Facilities

The regional organisation must think about ways of tackling the post-crisis period.

NZ Online Wine Retailer Reports Record-breaking Year

Online wine retailer The New Zealand House of Wine has reported record-breaking sales. 


28/1/2021

The Effect Of Brexit On Eu Wineries? Philip Cox Explains

Philip Cox, commercial director of Romania's largest wine exporter, Cramele Recas. In this illuminating and practical guide, Cox explains exactly what has changed for EU wine producers exporting to the UK, and what the effects are of post-Brexit trading on EU wineries like himself.

Virgin Wines Toasts Aim Of £100m London Stock Market Listing

Virgin Wines has hired the investment bank Liberum to steer it through an AIM float, Sky News learns.


27/1/2021

Interloire Appoints Local Winemaker As New President

InterLoire, the interprofessional body for Loire Valley Wines, has appointed local winemaker Lionel Gosseaume as its new president. He takes over from Jean-Martin Dutour as of now.

3 Tips On Starting A Successful Wine Brand

How savvy entrepreneurs can bring veritas to the vino industry.


25/1/2021

Vega Sicilia Signs Distribution Deal With Berkmann Wine Cellars

Legendary Ribera del Duero winery Tempos Vega Sicilia (TVS) has recruited Berkmann Wine Cellars (BWC) to take on the exclusive distribution of its portfolio to Great Britain and the Channel Islands. 

World's Top Tastemakers to Judge 2021 London Wine Competition

10 Master of Wines, 6 Master Sommeliers and other top UK's retail and restaurant wine buyers to judge the upcoming London Wine Competition on March 15 in London.


 

22/1/2021

The London Wine Fair Announces A 100% Digital Show For 2021

The organizers of the London Wine Fair have announced that the 2021 show will now take place virtually.  The decision was taken in light of the on-going uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with exhibitors, the Association of Event Organisers (A.E.O.), and Olympia.

Critic Launches World’s Smallest Online Wine Store, With Favorite Bottles Under £15

Well-known British food and wine critic William Sitwell launched the world's smallest online wine store in the autumn of 2020, with a monthly changing selection of his favourite wines. 


 

21/1/2021

IWSR Announces Acquisition of Wine Intelligence

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading authority on the worldwide beverage alcohol industry, today announced the acquisition of London-based Wine Intelligence, the top global experts on wine consumer research and insights.

Wine – Unveiling A New Range Of Pinot Noirs For Delivery To Your Door

Edinburgh wine merchant unveils a new range of pinot noirs from the Italian dolomite alps. 


 

20/1/2021

NZ Wine Delivers Strong Performance In UK Off-trade

New Zealand wine enjoyed strong sales in the UK off-trade last year, growing its year on year value sales by over 23%, according to recent Nielsen data.

Popularity Of Wine Continues To Grow, Research Shows

A third (32%) of UK adults who drink alcohol say wine is their favourite alcoholic drink, new research reveals.


 

19/1/2021

North London legends Shop Cuvée want to give you free wine

It's fair to say that Top Cuvée has bossed lockdown. The little bar with the weird name pivoted hard to home delivery last year and has since become the poster child for Ingenious Resilient Businesses. Shop Cuvée, as it’s now known, sends out booze and comfort food across the capital, via bicycle, from its Blackstock Road site. 

How To Get Hold Of Bottles From London’s Best Restaurants For Wine

While eateries remain closed, The Drinks Business have round up the ways you can get your hands on bottles from London’s top wine-focused restaurants as rated by 2020’s Wine List Confidential guide.


 

18/1/2021

It’s Official: The Brits Have Drunk More Champagne During The Pandemic

The official retail figures for Christmas-time Champagne sales in the UK have just been released, and it’s official: the Brits drank more during the pandemic, and particularly during a lockdown festive period.

Alcohol Sales Soaring In England During Lockdown

Halfway through Dry January and 10 days into England’s third lockdown, alcohol sales are soaring, with weekly wine sales at Waitrose up by a third.


13/1/2021

After 2,000 Years, Pompeii Wine Bar to ‘Reopen’ this Spring

Archaeologists have unearthed a wine and snack bar in the ash-buried Roman city of Pompeii

England in a Case

England has long been an important wine market, but now its wine production is gaining recognition, too.


12/1/2021

Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index tops $125m in sales

Fine wine and spirits merchant Bordeaux Index has posted sales of more than $125m (£92m) in 2020 as a recovery in trade in Asia helped offset the impact of the pandemic.

Broadland brings Clem Yates MW on board as consultant winemaker

Broadland Drinks has brought winemaker and sourcing consultant Clem Yates MW on board as a consultant winemaker.


11/1/2021

DOC Maremma Toscana first Tuscan PDO to use bivarietal label

The European Union (EU) has given Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana the green light to use a bivarietal (wines that blend two grape varietals) label, marking a first for a Tuscany PDO wine.

Meet The New Boss

David Dearie, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates took the helm on the state's largest wine company in November.


8/1/2021

UK Welcomed As Full Member Of Oiv Following Brexit – But

Following Brexit, the UK has been welcomed as a full member of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), by the organisation’s director general Pau Roca.

Britons pop the fizz to see off COVID blues

More Britons than ever are splashing out on champagne to help them through the coronavirus crisis.


7/1/2021

English sparkling wine leading global innovation

Innovative flare of the industry is generating attention with novel approaches, including using sheep to maintain vineyards and bespoke weather forecasting.

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Noughty alcohol-free sparkling wine launching in the UK

Noughty, a non-alcoholic sparkling Chardonnay, will be launching with North-South Wines across the UK.

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6/1/2021

Sunak announces top-up grants for hospitality

Businesses in the hospitality, retail, and leisure sectors, including suppliers, are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them through to the spring, the Chancellor has announced.

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Idealwine Update: Follow The Star

One of the shining lights of Burgundy, Méo-Camuzet was a sideline for its preoccupied owners for many years. But since the 1980s it has risen to become highly sought after on the primary and secondary markets.

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5/1/2021

Real progress on ingredient listing for wine

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. You may not think there is room for anything else on this back label of an Aldi Muscadet but before you know it, there'll be more.

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Simon Mcmurtrie Becomes Chairman Of The WSET

Former Laithwaite’s CEO Simon McMurtrie is taking over as chairman of the board of trustees at the WSET, replacing Nick Hyde who has held the position for the past three years.

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4/1/2021

Iconic Wineries of British Columbia brings CheckMate Artisinal Winery to the UK

Iconic Wineries of British Columbia (IWBC) is introducing CheckMate Artisinal Winery to the UK for the first time.

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Toast the New Year With a Celebrity-backed Beverage

Here’s a recap of which musicians and actors launched wine and spirit labels in 2020.

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31/12/2020

London’s Best New Year’s Eve Delivery Boxes For An Nye Feast At Home

New Year’s Eve at home isn’t the most exciting way to see out the year, but you can at least dine well, with many of London’s restaurants offering New Year’s Eve dinner deliveries. Fancy, convenient, and rapidly running out – order soon!

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Sommelier Kelvin McCabe on where to buy good wine to celebrate (and enjoy) 2021

No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without a bottle of bubbly; the pop of a cork is the perfect start to any party playlist.

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30/12/2020

The World's Best Burgundies

When it comes to Pinot Noir, there are the greats, and then there's Burgundy.

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New types of fizz, robots — eight ways wine will change in 2021

Winery tasting room visits took a huge hit in 2020, and winemakers quickly pivoted to virtual tastings. These are not going away.

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29/12/2020

Eight ways wine will change in 2021

Online sales are booming with growth in the three digits. Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division, reports that for small producers, it’s 153%. Expect new and expanded shopping sites and search engines in 2021.

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Retail trading boom spills over into fine wine market

Investors seek opportunities in haven asset that has dodged 2020’s big swings.

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28/12/2020

The Top 100 Wines To Pick From This Holiday Season

The Top 100 wines list 2020 is out. Taste these best performing wines at the London Wine Competition that were judged by Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, and top wine buyers.

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Three DIY Cocktails For The Holiday Season

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Rémy Cointreau extends partnership with Roust Group

Roust will continue to distribute and market Rémy Cointreau products in the Russian Federation, Poland and Hungary.

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23/12/2020

London Wine Competition 2021 Registrations Are Open

4th Annual London Wine Competition registration is open. Enter your wines before the deadline February 20, 2021.

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Piccini Sees E-commerce Grow 300% In 2020

Italian producer Tenute Piccini has recorded a growth in turnover of 6.5% this year thanks in part to e-commerce sales which rose 300% as a result of Covid-19.

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India’s ‘first’ bottled mulled wine comes with a touch of traditional flavour

It takes inspiration from traditional Indian Kadha recipes.

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How traits in some grape varieties could help wine withstand climate change

What kinds of wines will we still be able to enjoy in 2050? Climate change may be threatening wine production but certain grape varieties have properties that could help them withstand global warming, researchers have found.

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22/12/2020

Where to buy and order wine in London and the UK?

With The Wine Story Club, Thibo Lavergne Delivers all of the wines directly to your doorstep. You can find hundreds of references in its wine list: Champagne, Bordeaux Burgundy, Peugeot, Rhine Valley, Provence, Languedoc, Southwest, Alsace, Lower Valley, Jura. A few good bottles from Spain and Italy, not to mention the most fantastic list of spirits.

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Marco Pierre White on how restaurants can survive the pandemic by keeping food simple

‘I do think we’ll need solid, casual dining when we come out of this. People’s confidence needs a boost and we’ll need affordable options that still have sophistication and quality’

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How to choose wine for Christmas Day

Don’t splash out on a bottle that doesn’t live up to its label. There are plenty of underrated bottles out there that are more than fit to grace your table.

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21/12/2020

Guy Fieri Raised $21 Million For Unemployed Restaurant Workers This Year

The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent shutdown have led to a devastating impact on the economy, particularly for those in the culinary and hospitality sectors. Six months into the pandemic, 100,000 restaurants were forced to close, and nearly 3 million restaurant workers are still out of work due to the shutdown.

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Ancient Chinese rice wine finds way to Europe through deal with EU

Europeans are soon to be introduced to the delights of one of China's most ancient wines, thanks to the Geographical Indications deal agreed with the EU a year ago.

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18/12/2020

Ottolenghi opens a festive pop up wine shop in Belgravia

Been caught out by the last delivery dates before Christmas? With most of the big wine retailers now no longer able to deliver wine before the holidays, you'll have to be a little more cunning when it comes to getting in supplies. 

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LCFC Partners With Renowned Wine-Maker To Launch Signature Bordeaux

Chateau Chapelle d’Alienor – a superior 2016 red Bordeaux bringing together two great passions of the Srivaddhanaprabha family – is now available to buy in the Foxes Fanstore.

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17/12/2020

Dos And Don’ts To Master The Art And Etiquette Of Wine Drinking This Christmas

Wine drinking is an art. There are some dos and don’ts that one has to follow to perfectly savour the wine and its taste.

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Napa Valley Wine Gets The Best Wine From United States At 2020 London Wine Competition

SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon by Silverado Vineyards won the best wine by packaging at the 2020 London Wine Competition.

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16/12/2020

Six Greek Wine Producers To Explore

Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and yet in modern winemaking terms recognition on a global scale has eluded its winemakers.

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Post Malone's wine to receive limited UK release

The rapper's French rose, Maison No.9, will be available online in Britain from December 17. It comes after the tipple shattered sales records when it was launched in the US this summer.

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15/12/2020

Trade goes digital with new app

Hospitality members’ club Trade has launched a free app for hospitality workers providing access to the community and perks beyond the walls of the Soho club, which closed its doors in March 2020. 

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Restaurant & retail buyers lead the judging in London Wine Competition

The London Wine Competition has announced its team of expert judges who will be putting wines through their paces for the 2021 awards. Discounted prices are available on all wines entered by December 25.

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Mulled Wine Festival Launches In Covent Garden

Covent Garden businesses are putting the festive back in festival this year with a fortnight of mulled wine and Christmas frivolity taking place across multiple venues.

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14/12/2020

Top Wines For London Wine Drinks Are Here

Here are the top wines that London wine drinkers can now shop in their favorite pub, restaurant or supermarket.

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Brilliantly British: English wine so good, even the French are buying it

BRITAIN'S wine business is booming! Even as recently as 10 years ago English and, to a lesser extent, Welsh wine (it's still too cold to grow grapes in Scotland and Northern Ireland) - wasn't taken seriously.

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11/12/2020

Winter Warmers: London’s Best Festive Pop-ups

With London out of lockdown, a plethora of festive fixtures have popped up around the capital to get you in the Christmas mood, from 100 Wardour’s Alpine Lodge to the igloos at Somerset House.

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After 2020 What's Next for Wine?

It's been a year from hell, but next year might not bring much relief for wineries.

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Penticton's Poplar Grove Winery a big winner at prestigious London Wine Competition

What started as a rough week for Penticton's Poplar Grove Winery has ended on a tremendous high note.

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10/12/2020

Level 4 climbdown offers some relief for Scotland

Level 4 restrictions will come to an end for parts of west central Scotland from 6pm on December 11. However, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has said that there is much left to be done if businesses are to survive ongoing government measures.

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An awesome wine shop has opened in a London car showroom

Looking for a wine with a bit of horsepower? You might want to start at London’s newest indie wine boutique, Bottles N Jars, which has opened up in a classic car showroom in East Finchley, of all places. Hexagon Classics – along the Great North Road and just up from Highgate – has given up some of its glitzy showroom space to the new deli and fine wine concept, which is hoping to fuel north London locals. 

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9/12/2020

Drinks Trust survey highlights need for upskilling and greater diversity inclusion

The drinks industry still has a way to go to be a more supportive place for those facing employment, mental health and inclusion issues, the Drinks Trust’s annual survey has found.

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Une Médaille À La London Wine Competition

La troisième édition de la London Wine Competition a eu lieu à Londres le 7 Juillet  2020.

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Record-breaking November for grocery market expected to lead to rosy Christmas

November was officially the largest month ever for the UK grocery market – a trend that analysts are predicting to carry on into December for a bumper shopping month.

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8/12/2020

Charles Heidsieck Revives a Unique Champagne

Usually, Champagne houses release prestige cuvées with great fanfare, but this one is a little different.

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How the internet is changing the way we buy wine

Many specialist wine merchants have upgraded their websites to some extent this year to cope with increased demand, while restaurants have adapted to provide wine home delivery services, including Vagabond. 

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7/12/2020

Prices of red Burgundy boosted by a surge in white wine production

Over the past few weeks, prices of Pinot noir labelled under the regional Burgundy appellation have soared by 30%.

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Trio of medals for the wines of 'Alabastra: Cantine Pintore and Valentino'

L'enologo Angelo Valentino e sua moglie, la pluripremiata sommelier Lucia Pintore, si aggiudicano il podio per tre diverse espressioni del terroir campano. A trionfare nel concorso enologico sono: Aghata Campania Falanghina IGT, Aregha Campania Aglianico IGT e il Taurasi DOCG. 

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4/12/2020

Raimat Winery Starts Project to Open Spain's Largest Vineyard Nature Reserve

'RaimatNatura', a 700-hectare park in Costers del Segre D.O. and home to more than 100 different species of flora and fauna, will open its doors with free admission to the public in Spring 2021.

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An invisible revolution: the new dry whites of Bordeaux

This article is about one of those changes – a new revolution, of a kind, in Bordeaux and Bordeaux winemaking.

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3/12/2020

How many drinks can you have with a substantial meal? Pub rules in Tier 2 under new Covid restrictions

People are also wondering whether they can stay and continue to drink after finishing their food. Here are all the rules for visiting pubs and restaurants in tier two, explained…

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2/12/2020

Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in the UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week.

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Naked Wines reports +80% sales

Naked Wines (LON: WINE) revealed a rise in sales from £87.5m to £157.1m as more people ordered wine home amid the restrictions.

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UK and Canada trade deal ‘good result’ for wine and spirits

The UK and Canada have agreed to establish a new trade deal next year, continuing the tariff-free trade of wine and spirits made in Britain. The deal means the export of £11.4 billion worth of UK goods and services to Canada will continue without disruption, saving businesses from a potential £42 million tariff burden.

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Henkell Freixenet buys remaining stake in UK online retailer slurp

German sparkling wine company Henkell Freixenet has bought the remaining 40% stake in UK online retailer Slurp as it looks to build its UK ecommerce arm following strong sales.

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The 2022 London Wine Competition results are now live. View results here.