Neil McGuigan and Vines in the City – podcast

Sep 28, 12 Neil McGuigan and Vines in the City – podcast

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I first met Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan of McGuigan Wines a few years ago when the winery first did the “Vines in the City” event in London. I thought it was a great way to get consumers literally closer to the vines without the hassle of having to actually travel to a vineyard. Neil and Brian McGuigan were back on this side of the world recently, this time to launch some new wines and also to introduce their “Vines in the City” to the good people of Dublin. Having attended the opening, I can say it was a smashing success, sometimes we in the wine trade take for granted the fact that we can visit vineyards and talk to winemakers on a regular basis. It was great to hear what consumers had to say about the whole experience, in general I’d say it made them very enthusiastic to learn more about wine. Before they opened the gates, I sat down with Neil to find out more about the new wines they are launching in the UK and why they brought it to Dublin. You can hear the podcast on the following link: Neil McGuigan and Vines in the City A big thanks to Neil McGuigan for taking the time to chat with me. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Oddbins – back on track?

Like many in the UK wine trade, I started off in my wine career at Oddbins. I came to Odd after it’s heyday but it was still a great place to learn about wine both for  us employees and the customers. Sadly, Oddbins couldn’t keep up with the times and due to  years of neglect and mismanagement, went the way of the Dodo, or so we thought. Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, they’re back –  streamlined and with a new core range. Due to the unfortunate circumstances of it’s demise, there is still quite a bit of caution surrounding the chain but after a recent visit to the Northcote Road branch where Head Buyer, Emma Nichols, had a load of wines open to taste, I think that Oddbins may be on the pathway to regaining it’s reputation as a fun place to not only encounter new wines but also learn a bit while you’re there. Emma and Oddbins’s other buyer Ana Sapungiu, are  building the core range around what Oddbins sees as relatively familiar wines but also wines that are dynamic and of interest to the range. Those wines will come from the select and limited parcels of wine. Parcels will be ongoing across the range and once they are gone, they’re gone. They now have a core range of 350 -400 wines and on top of that will have  special parcels of between 100- 150 different wines. Their new philosophy encompasses not only the range of interesting parcels but also the idea that if the consumer is looking for a Rioja, Sauvignon blanc or any other “usual suspect”, they’ll find one at a certain price point. They built the range over what are the key price points and regions that wine shops should have.  When they visited a region, they started with a price in mind but once they arrived, if they found that it was impossible to get a good quality wine at that price point, they went up on...

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