Monthly Archives: October 2012

I can see right through you…

“It’s hard to make money out of selling top Bordeaux to our Chinese customers; they know too much about what other people are asking for it”. The comment from my friends in Hong Kong echoes those of a growing number of other merchants I’ve spoken to recently. Anyone who wants can check prices on and […]

A fact-finding trip to Hong Kong & China. Part One

Along with Anthony Rose of Decanter Magazine and the Independent, I am helping to lead a group of members of the International Wine Clubs Association on a fact finding trip to Hong Kong and China, set up by Sophie Jump, the association’s dynamic head. The visitors include the heads of top global companies such as […]

Screen warnings

Two weird news stories in the same week. First, there was the tale from Pessac, near Bordeaux, where a woman called Solenne San Jose tried to cancel her mobile phone contract with Bouygues Telecom. There would, she was told, be a termination fee which, as she discovered when opening the bill, amounted to a mere €11,721,000,000,000,000. To put this […]

Why is Nyetimber’s decision so unusual?

The decision by Nyetimber, one of England’s top wine producers, not to release a 2012 vintage because of the poor weather this year does the winery great credit. As the winemaker Cherie Spriggs explained,  “My first obligation… is to ensure the quality of Nyetimber’s wines, and we have collectively come to the decision that the […]

What do natural-wine fans eat?

To be perfectly honest, I find the subject of natural wine really quite tedious, but I’m on a panel about it at the EWBC Conference in Turkey next month, so am having to give it some thoughts. Here’s one of them…  Is smoking salmon aceptable to natural wine fans?And what about that lemon? “most wines […]