Exploring Beaujolais Wines Across The Years & Appellations

16th October, 2018

Discover the versatility of the Gamay grape variety, which character is undeniably best expressed in the terroirs of Beaujolais.

Nestled between Burgundy to the North and Rhône to the South, Beaujolais is home to 12 appellations including Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, and the 10 Crus. Go back in time and travel through the region with wines from several appellations and outstanding vintages, 2015, 2016, 2017.

These historical vintages delivered exceptional wines in Beaujolais. In 2017, volumes were smaller than usual but of fantastic quality: concentrated, structured, aromatic, with good balance and refreshing acidity. In 2016, a hot year in Beaujolais, wines were fruity, fresh, round, with supple and silky tannins. In 2015, they were generous, smooth, complex, rich yet perfectly balanced, with great ageing potential.

From the one grape Gamay is born a whole range of wines able to satisfy any consumer’s taste preference for all seasons and any occasion. The session is a must for anyone willing to rediscover Beaujolais beyond its clichés, and interested in offering premium wines from France, as friendly as they are accessible.

Argentina Breaking New Ground Masterclass Series

2nd October, 2018

We’re very excited to invite you to a new trade masterclass, our first outside London.

After years hosting events in the capital, we felt it was time to haul some crates north – so we’re bound for Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh… Hosted by Paz Levinson, the tour will at last bring Argentine wines to the trade outside the M25.

We’ll showcase around 16 wines from top wineries; different varieties and regions, highlighting contrasts, new products and new trends, together with old school traditions. It’s a chance to enhance perceptions of Argentina as a progressive and modern country, in terms of the wine trade, among you thought leaders (and drinkers).

A whole new generation of wine producers are reshaping Argentina’s national identity in winemaking. Through the study of terroirs, local producers are really breaking new ground, combining traditional practices with cutting-edge tech.

Argentina Breaking New Ground Masterclass Series

2nd October, 2018

We’re very excited to invite you to a new trade masterclass, our first outside London.

After years hosting events in the capital, we felt it was time to haul some crates north – so we’re bound for Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh… Hosted by Paz Levinson, the tour will at last bring Argentine wines to the trade outside the M25.

We’ll showcase around 16 wines from top wineries; different varieties and regions, highlighting contrasts, new products and new trends, together with old school traditions. It’s a chance to enhance perceptions of Argentina as a progressive and modern country, in terms of the wine trade, among you thought leaders (and drinkers).

A whole new generation of wine producers are reshaping Argentina’s national identity in winemaking. Through the study of terroirs, local producers are really breaking new ground, combining traditional practices with cutting-edge tech.

Argentina Breaking New Ground Masterclass Series

2nd October, 2018

We’re very excited to invite you to a new trade masterclass, our first outside London.

After years hosting events in the capital, we felt it was time to haul some crates north – so we’re bound for Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh… Hosted by Paz Levinson, the tour will at last bring Argentine wines to the trade outside the M25.

We’ll showcase around 16 wines from top wineries; different varieties and regions, highlighting contrasts, new products and new trends, together with old school traditions. It’s a chance to enhance perceptions of Argentina as a progressive and modern country, in terms of the wine trade, among you thought leaders (and drinkers).

A whole new generation of wine producers are reshaping Argentina’s national identity in winemaking. Through the study of terroirs, local producers are really breaking new ground, combining traditional practices with cutting-edge tech.

Unsigned Talent Tasting

18th September, 2018

Now in its fifteenth year, the 2018 DWWA crop produced a grand total of 16,972 entries from around the world – tasted by 275 expert, international palates and the following medals were awarded: 50 Best in Show, 149 Platinum, 439 Gold, 3,454 Silver, and 7,079 Bronze.

You have the chance to taste some of those top medal winning wines which don’t yet have UK representation.

Decanter is staging the first ‘Unsigned Talent Tasting’ of DWWA winners for a limited number of trade buyers at the OXO2 on September 20th.

This is a unique and unmissable opportunity to treasure hunt for dozens of wine gems from the following regions: Veneto, Rioja, Corbieres, Central Otago, Margaret River, Mendoza, the Rhone Valley and lots more….

So do join us at the OXO2 to taste these exceptional DWWA 2018 award-winners, all of whom are actively seeking representation in UK markets.

The tasting is open to all the UK trade, including merchants, sommeliers, wine buyers and importers. Due to limited spaces producers will not be able to attend.

TO REGISTER: Please visit https://en.xing-events.com/unsigned_talent.html and use the code: DRINKSB

Crus Bougeois du Medoc 2016 Official Selection Press & Trade Tasting

5th September, 2018

27th September

10am-5pm Free-pour Tasting. 10.30am Press Conference

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Click here to register, email your name, company & tel number to:  jo@bellevillemarketing.com or louise@phillips-hill.co.uk or call 01608 676 830

Technique and Terroir: Exploring the transformational changes taking place in Chile’s vineyards and wineries

29th August, 2018

Emily Faulconer is considered by many to be one of the rising stars on the Chilean winemaking scene.

She joined Santa Rita Estates as premium winemaker for the Carmen brand in Autumn 2017 with a focus on producing wines showing specific varietal and terroir identity. She is also responsible for the continuation and strengthening of the internationally acclaimed Carmen innovation projects.

Join this enthusiastic and engaging winemaker on a journey that looks at the regeneration and recovery of old grape varieties, explore new terroirs and new wine styles and revisit the classics with a selection of Cabernets from the world renowned Alto Maipo including 2018 Cabernet Sauvignons from the WiSe replanting scheme along with the iconic Carmen Gold.

The Greatest Italian Sparkling Wines Tasting

17th August, 2018
An unique opportunity for trade and businesses to discover the huge variety in style and production methods of sparkling Italian wines. Meet and sample our selection of 50+ sparkling wines and discuss your business with experts from Mondial Wine team. Register as a new customer to be eligible for offers unavailable after this event.

Almaviva Masterclass

8th August, 2018
Join Michel Friou and Almaviva, in association with The Drinks Business, who will be presenting a masterclass to launch the 2016 vintage, which will also include some superb back vintages in a vertical tasting.
 
Almaviva represents a unique partnership between Baron Phillippe de Rothschild (of Chateau Mouton Rothschild) and Concha y Toro, which was formed in 1996, with the aim of creating an international equivalent to Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé. Almaviva is a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties grown amongst some of Chile’s finest terroir and produced with French knowledge and tradition.
 
The masterclass led by Chief Winemaker, Michel Friou will mark the launch of the 2016 vintage. There will also be an opportunity to taste a number of back vintages and Michel will discuss the subtle ways in which the vintages have changed, and demonstrate the favourable way in which the wine ages.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon is the main variety grown by at the Almaviva Estate, which is one the most prestigious parcels of land in Chile. The final blend also includes Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot in different quantities in each vintage.
 
Michel Friou originally from France has worked on the vineyard since 1988. He became head winemaker in 2007 having previously worked at Chateau Margaux, Cape Mentelle and Lapstolle with Michel Rolland. He will share his thoughts and understanding of the terroir and his approach towards selection and producing the cuvee to meet the exacting standards of the very best international fine wines.

Zonin1821 Masterclass

8th August, 2018
Global exports and awareness of Italian Sparkling Wines have enjoyed exuberant growth in recent years.

Though Prosecco has led the charge, Italy has a staggering diversity of sparkling wines. From a wide range of producers, regions, DOCGs and DOCs with a long tradition of sparkling wine production, to a raft of new sparkling wines, including sparkling versions of indigenous and international varieties, produced using both classic method (metodo classic) and Charmat production techniques.

The Zonin family own some of the finest estates, with some of the best terroirs in Italy, are one of the category leaders in the UK for both Italian sparkling wine and Italian wine in general. They also have an international winemaking footprint, including their new Chilean brand, Dos Almas.

Join Stefano Ferrante, the Chief Winemaker from Zonin1821, and The Drinks Business Editor-in-Chief and Champagne expert, Patrick Schmitt MW, for an engaging and fun exploration of sparkling wines from across Italy and beyond.