I was asked to give a talk at yesterday’s forum on wine investment at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. I felt a reality check might be in order given that the other 5 speakers were likely to be setting out their stalls, namely Simon Staples of Berry Bros., Robert Sleigh of Sotheby’s, James Miles of Live-ex, Peter Lunzer of the Peter Lunzer Wine Fund and Ella Lister, representing Octavian. Hence a focus on the pitfalls rather than the benefits of wine investment.
A Tasting of Château Angélus in magnum 1985 - 2009 at Farr Vintners on Tuesday 25 October 2011
In the first part of this blog post, Ron Brown talked about the Japan wine market and setting up the Japan Wine Challenge. This week, he discusses the China Wine market and the China Wine Challenge's place in it.
Why and how did you decide to set up the China Wine Challenge?
I’ve just spent an eye-opening two weeks in China and Japan as a guest judge for, respectively the China Wine Challenge and the Japan Wine Challenge, not forgetting as co-chair of the International Sake Challenge. The competitions are the brainchild of Ronald Brown, a Tokyo wine merchant who’s lived and worked in the Far East for 30 years. In this first part of this interview, he talks about wine in Japan and the Japan Wine Challenge. I’ve posted the names of the trophy-winning wines (below).
I may be the last person left standing to post their Bordeaux 2010 en primeur tasting notes, but never mind. A call was made to the wine press by Jancis Robinson MW, OBE before the start of the tastings in Bordeaux back at the end of March. She asked us to get together and not to put up our tasting notes and scores on barrel samples at least until after the Bordelais had come out with their opening prices. ‘I can see that I play a part in a process that really does not benefit the consumer’ said Jancis, calling herself ‘a pawn in a game designed to part you with as much money as possible’.
This is a summary of the talk I gave at the Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter on Saturday
Grandes de La Rioja started life in the year 2000 from an idea developed by journalist Andrés Proensa, editor of PlanetAVino magazine and the Guía Proensa and it’s supported by La Rioja Regional Government.
The organisers chose the wines to be tasted based on the best ratings by the five most important wine guides published in Spain (Anuario de Vinos, Peñín, La Guía, Gourmets, and Proensa). The selection was be rounded off with a series of wines highlighted in previous editions of Grandes de La Rioja, as well as some noteworthy new wines.
‘Discover the roots’ was the suitably punning catchphrase for the first Wines of Turkey conference that took place at Vinopolis in London on Thursday. With 7000 years of culture behind it, the question was: how far back do you want to go in time?
It was apposite in the sense that Turkey has genuine historical roots in wine, and yet inappropriate in the sense that however much it may lay claim to an ancient history and culture, the roots of the modern wine industry in Turkey are shallow to say the least.