Featured Post – Top Places to Buy Vintage Wine for Investment

Oct 22, 13 Featured Post – Top Places to Buy Vintage Wine for Investment

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If you’re contemplating investing in fine wine, the most important decision you have to make is not what bottles you’re going to put your money into, but which merchant you are going to trust to manage your investment. Choosing a reputable expert might not be as straightforward as it first appears – there are many self-proclaimed wine investment companies out there looking for your business, but do your research first and only go with one who has an excellent reputation and proven track record. Investors should remember that there is no substitute for using the services of a long-established wine merchant with many years of experience. With London being the centre of the wine investment market outside Bordeaux, here is a short guide to three of the capital’s most well-respected merchants that could start you on the road to investing in wine and gain healthy returns… Berry Bros. & Rudd With their flagship store being situated on St. James Street since 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd is probably the most famous London name in wine. Not only are they a wine retailer with an unrivalled reputation, but they also have an excellent investment arm that can cater for a variety of financial needs. Their Cellar Plan options are tailor made depending on whether you’re interested in planning for just pure investment purposes, or to combine this with future drinking. For a monthly payment, they can plan and manage your investments depending on your requirements, with examples including 2008 and 2009 Chateau Lynch Bages and the 2008 Puligny- Montrachet Hameau de Blagny 1er Etienne Sauzet. Justerini & Brooks Established in 1749, this is one of London’s oldest wine merchants and has accrued a reputation to match this status. They have long-standing relationships with suppliers and producer and can offering you exceptional brokering services along with your own dedicated account manager. There current En Primeur offerings include 2012 Chateau Cheval Blanc 1er Cru Classe and 2011 Chateau d’Yquem. Fine +Rare Although, being founded in 1994, this is the youngest of the three, Fine + Rare has now established itself as one of the largest and...

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A little something for Valentine’s Day, Billecart Salmon Brut Rose

Feb 04, 13 A little something for Valentine’s Day, Billecart Salmon Brut Rose

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Alright lovers, it’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day!! I know, I know, many of you may be rolling  your eyes but let’s face it, if you don’t do something on Feb.14th, you’re going to be in big trouble with your significant other. Going out to dinner is VERY romantic on Valentines Day, you and a 1000 other couples all smushed into a restaurant with that special (overpriced) ‘Valentines Day Menu’- where all the tables have been converted into ‘romantic’ two tops, situated cheek by jowl with red and pink streamers, cupids floating overhead and roses galore as decoration. Rather than share your one big romantic evening of the year with everyone else, wouldn’t you rather have a quiet, un-rushed, candle lit dinner at home with your sweetie? And, we all know no evening dedicated to Eros would be complete without rosé champagne (well, you can’t ditch all the accoutrements that go with V-Day). To help you out, Billecart-Salmon are running a special giveaway this year. If you buy a full sized bottle of their Brut Rosé, Blanc de blanc Grand Cru or Vintage 2004, they’ll throw in a half bottle of the Brut Rosé just to keep the magic of the evening going. This offer is valid from 1st to 14th of February at participating retailers (subject to availability, first come, first served).  I can tell you that Berry Bros & Rudd, Hedonism Wines and Fortnum & Mason are just a few of the retailers involved along with various others around the UK. To see the full list of retailers giving away half bottles of Billecart Rosé, click here. I have always enjoyed Billecart’s Brut Rosé, a delicate champagne with fine bubbles, an aromatic nose and delicate but divine flavours of fresh red fruits, good as an aperitif or perhaps a dessert of fresh strawberries topped with whipped cream – I’m sure you can find other uses for any left-over whipped cream later in the evening…like, putting it in your coffee 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day from The Wine...

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Oldenburg wines at Berry Bros. & Rudd

Aug 16, 12 Oldenburg wines at Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, S. Africa,  is located in what many consider to the premium wine growing region of the country. The vineyard is in the Banghoek Valley which means “scary corner” due to that fact that it used to the stomping grounds of local leopards. Nowadays they have all but disappeared leaving the valley to the vines. The vineyard was originally a fruit farm founded in the 1950’s which then became a vineyard in the 1960’s. The family sold their grapes to other vineyards until 1993 when Helmut Hohman, the owner died. It wasn’t until 2003 that the vineyard was revitalized by Adrian Vanderspruy, the current proprietor of Oldenburg Vineyards. I had dinner with the winemaker, Simon Thompson, in London not long ago at the wine cellars of Berry Bros & Rudd.  Over dinner, Simon related how a study had been commissioned of the vineyard site and they had found that it was a very unique site with the best soils placed in the middle of a hanging valley. The location having good sunlight but still being in a protected site. We touched on the fact that they practice “bio-viticulture”, it’s a phrase that was coined by a Stellenbosch professor and the the philosophy encapsulates both the principles of organic and biodynamic winemaking. Oldenburg believe that winemakers should “tread lightly on the environment”. In this case, they use as little copper and sulphur as possible in the winemaking process and the softest approach. They think a healthy microbial soil structure is very important in the grape growing process. They also do quite a bit of green harvesting to ensure that only the best grapes get through. Over dinner we had the first public vertical tasting of their chardonnays. Rather oaky in style, Simon believes that the way forward for South African chardonnay is less oak and I tend to agree with him. He’s a big fan of chenin blanc and thinks it could be the third wine of S. Africa. I tried the...

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I visited Piedmont with Berry Brothers & Rudd and so can you…

It’s not too late to enter Berry Bros. & Rudd’s latest competition to win a trip to Piedmont, Italy with their resident wine buyer, nebbiolo expert, and 8th generation Berry, David Berry Green. Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of the oldest wine merchants in the world and is offering one lucky person and a companion the chance to hang out with their Piedmont winebuyer. Piedmont is well known for it’s Barolo’s but did you know that Barolo is made from nebbiolo? Or that nebbiolo is also made into an early drinking, bright and very food friendly wine? All you have to do is make a short video explaining why you think you’d like to win. I was invited to visit Serralunga d’Alba, where David is based in Langhe, Piedmont, and met many of the producers as well as eat some very choice food and visit medieval castles. But the real reason we were there was to discover the wines made from the nebbiolo grape. I had a chance to sit down with David and asked him why he thought nebbiolo was worthy of being in the spotlight. See how easy it is to make a video and what a lovely chap David is? So what are you waiting for, make your own video explaining why you think you should win the trip and get your entry in by 21 April 2011. Good luck! Full Details and how to enter here  in Competition Details Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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