Where to buy Californian wine

Where to buy Californian wineThere's an array of affordable and tasty Californian wines on UK shores, says Jane Parkinson, who picks the best places to buy Californian wine. Roberson wine won the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards for Specialist - AmericasWhere to buy Californian wine: London & nationally
Scooping numerous awards for its West Coast wines, including the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards accolade for Americas Specialist, Roberson Wine is a wine merchant that champions California like no additional. It proudly and actively disregards ancient-fashioned, huge, alcoholic, point-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, favouring modesty and elegance instead. Read more

Jefford on Monday: L’Eglise Clinet tasting with Denis Durantou

Jefford on Monday: L’Eglise Clinet tasting with Denis DurantouAndrew Jefford heads to Bordeaux's right bank for a tasting of Chateau L'Eglise Clinet wines and a catch-up with owner and winemaker Denis Durantou. L'Eglise Clinet vines, June 2015I pushed the bell. Nothing happened. I waited. A small before long I tried again. Subdue nothing. I looked at the scruffy, sunlit garden. Then Denis Durantou – the man to lead our L’Eglise Clinet tasting – came skipping around the side of the house from everyplace at the back, smiling, impish as ever, full of speed and surprise, just as I remembered him.
I hadn’t seen him for some years. I was grey-haired; he was nearly colorless. We used to taste together with the Farr Vintners team and Bordeaux veteran Barry Phillips, touring the left bank at en primeur time during the before long 1990s.
I remembering him introducing himself to some of the grand left-bank proprietors; you could see by their blank looks that they had no thought who he was.
I recalled, too, the freshness and drama of young Eglise Clinets like 1998 and 2000, served in dripping glasses perched on barrels in the equipment-strewn small cellar. Those wines are now worth double the fee of many left-bank second growths from the same vintages. Maybe now the Médocains recognise his name.
I was back this June with some American and Asian students.
The Eglise Clinet wines
Denis quickly rounded us into his simple colorless tasting room, hung with his wife Marie Reignac’s paintings, for a look at 12 wines: Eglise Clinet in 2010 and 2012, plus the same vintages of his additional wines: Read more

Simply Italian 2015 – highlights

Simply Italian 2015 – highlightsSee the highlights from this year's Decanter Simply Italian tasting in London.... The Decanter Simply Italian tasting took place at the historic Stationers' Hall in LondonClick on the icon in the bottom right corner to make images larger.
Members of the wine trade and keen wine enthusiasts loved an array of Italian wines at the Decanter Simply Italian 2015 tasting in London. Nearly 30 producers from wineries across Italy showcased their wines at Stationers’ Hall in central London. Read more

Top 10 New Zealand Syrah

Top 10 New Zealand SyrahThere's never been a better time to drink New Zealand Syrah, according to Decanter expert Bob Campbell MW. Learn his top 10 New Zealand Syrah. Surprise an expert and choose any one of these 10 New Zealand Syrah and supply it alongsside a glass of excellent Rhone from the same vintage. He or she won’t find it simple to pick the French wine.
New Zealand’s best Syrahs have similar floral, pepper and dark berry notes to many of the wines from the northern Rhone. And when Kiwi winemakers co-ferment their Syrah with a small Viognier, the aromatics and texture of the resulting wine are remarkably like Cote-Rotie.
New Zealand’s top Syrah regions are Waiheke Island, just 18km from Auckland, and Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island. The Waiheke wines tend to be richer and more vinous than the fruit-all ears wines from Hawke’s Bay. Read more

See photos of Decanter Retailer Awards winners 2015

See photos of Decanter Retailer Awards winners 2015See photos from the Decanter Retailer Awards 2015 ceremony in London. Decanter Make pleased Director, John StimpfigFind all Decanter Retailer Awards winners pictured below with their certificates. Photos were taken by Cath Lowe for Decanter.
Asda won best supermarket 2015
Decanter Retailer Awards chairman, Peter Richards MW, Asda Wine Manager Phillippa Carr MW and Decanter Tastings Director Christelle Guibert. Asda won Best Supermarket, with Inscription & Spencer as the sprinter-up. Read more

Anson on Thursday: Oak ageing holds key to wine sweetness

Anson on Thursday: Oak ageing holds key to wine sweetnessNew research to learn how some of the world’s greatest wines develop sweetness without the presence of sugar has pinpointed specific types of oak ageing as key, writes Jane Anson in her weekly column. Oak barrels influence flavour in wine more than we realise, suggests researchJean-Baptiste Lécaillon of Louis Roederer has been working with imminent Bordeaux oenologist Axel Marchal on a groundbreaking new project on oak ageing that has flowed out of that simple question of sweetness without sugar.
He has just taken delivery of three new oak vats in his cellars in Reims that will be used with Chardonnay grapes for Louis Roederer Cristal and Blanc de Blancs. The inside of the vats have seen only the lightest of toastings to limit their aromatic imprint on the crisp minerality of the Chardonnay.
But what the new vats should do instead is to subtly impart a series of taste molecules.
The two most dominant of these, first exposed during Marchal’s PhD research project, are called Quercotriterpenoside I and II (or QTT). These vats are the first worldwide to be cast iron to contain these molecules in each stave, as each one has been examined and approved by Marchal prior to delivery. Read more

Hardy’s owner sells share in Matthew Clark distributor

Hardy’s owner sells share in Matthew Clark distributorAccolade Wines has sold its 50% stake in UK wine, beer and spirits distributor Matthew Clark, prompting the share fee of buyer Conviviality Retail to soar on the London stock exchange. Matthew Clark Shares in Conviviality Retail, the owner of the Bargain Booze and Wine Rack chains, rose by aroun 25% following the announcement this week.
Conviviality will buy all of Matthew Clark after the distributor’s only additional shareholder, pub chain Punch Taverns, said it would also sell its stake to the retailer. The deal is value at around £200m.
Matthew Clark specialises in distributing wine and additional drinks to restaurants and bars around the UK.
Accolade Wines is itself owned by Australian finance companionship Champ Private Equity, based in Sydney.
Champ made Accolade after buying 80% of Mondavi owner Constellation Brands‘ business in the UK and Australia in January 2011. The deal built-in strong’s in Australia, as well as a 50% stake in Matthew Clark in the UK.
As part of the deal with Conviviality, Accolade said it had secured a 10 year contract with Matthew Clark to ensure that its wines continued to be distributed in bars, pubs and restaurants.
There have been additional high profile deals in the UK wine trade recently. In August, wine merchant Enotria said it had bought rival Coe Vintners for an undisclosed fee.
That followed an announcement last year that Bibendum had agreed to buy PLB, making one of the largest wine suppliers to supermarkets and bars in the country.
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Asda wins best supermarket for wine at Decanter Retailer Awards

Asda wins best supermarket for wine at Decanter Retailer AwardsAsda has beaten rivals such as Inscription & Spencer to win best supermarket for wine at the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards. See who else won prizes. Peter Richards MW at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremonyDecanter Retailer Awards judges praised Walmart-owned Asda‘s commitment to making a diverse and different wine range with the launch of its Asda Wine Atlas, using the tagline ‘a passport to wine discovery’.
This is what sealed Asda’s victory ahead of sprinter-up Inscription & Spencer, even though judges also praised the ‘adventurous spirit’ and high quality of the M&S range.
‘The winner may come as a surprise to some in the room, but it is fully deserved,’ said awards chair Peter Richards MW at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremony at London’s Connaught hotel last nighttime.
‘It feels incredible to win,’ said an thrilled Philippa Carr MW, Asda wine manager, immediately after collecting the certificate. Read more