Sebastian Barnick writes from Paarl in South Africa, where he is currently helping with the vintage at Fairview as part of his two-year Liberty Wines Apprenticeship…
With Korean food exploding across the UK dining scene we’ve taken a look at the top dishes to try and how to find the perfect wine match.
Anthony de Jager is Head Winemaker at Fairview in Paarl. Fairview is one of South Africa's oldest estates with vines planted here as early as 1699. Anthony is a born and bred South African and talks to us about his winemaking experiences, what's on the horizon for South African winemakers and wine matches with Fairview's very own goats cheese!
With Wine Australia’s annual Australia Day Tasting on 23rd Jan and a range of themed events across the UK, this month is a good excuse to beef up your Aussie wine list...
Despite being a relatively quiet month for customer footfall, January is the perfect time to start planning for the big sales peaks of the New Year. Valentine’s Day is a major trading day for the on and off-trade, but we’ve also seen a growing trend for celebrating Anti-Valentine’s Day, with people eschewing the schmaltz and reveling in singledom. Whether your customers are more beating heart or bleeding heart, we’ve put together a great selection of pro- and anti-Valentine’s Day wines and gift box suggestions to help boost your sales.
Wine buyer Jennifer Docherty MW selects three wines for her Christmas wish list.
'Tis the season to be jolly and indulgent, and what’s more indulgent than a luscious dessert wine to finish off your festive meals this Christmas? At Liberty Wines we are fortunate enough to have an international team, so we’ve selected the best of their Christmas dessert traditions and found the perfect sweet wines to round off the meal.
While our instincts may veer towards red wine when the temperature drops, there are many whites that can uplift winter’s rich and hearty flavours with their texture, acidity and complex character. It is the skill of the winemaker that brings out these characteristics with the use of winemaking techniques, such as lees or oak ageing, the use of amphorae and skin contact.
David Gleave MW comments on the 2017 vintage in Italy, the smallest vintage since 1947...
Amarone is a bold, intriguing style of wine from the Valpolicella region in the northeast of Italy. Its opulent mouthfeel and concentrated dried fruit and spice aromatics make it an excellent all-rounder, pairing perfectly with meaty, full-flavoured main courses as well as rich, chocolatey desserts and punchy cheese plates. It is made using dried grapes and typically has a ripe, full-bodied profile, with flavours of cherry, black fig and chocolate, developing meaty and leathery notes with age. If you’re after one wine to suit the whole meal – easing the transition from mains to sweets and cheeses - then Amarone is it.
Port has always been a traditional tipple at Christmas time, so much so that some would believe a Christmas dinner isn’t quite complete without the highlight at the end of the meal - cheese and a luscious Port pairing. It’s for this reason that retailers and restaurants are stocking up on Port in advance of the Christmas surge. Although we agree there is something quite special about a fruity LBV and a tangy Stilton, this festive season we believe it’s time to drink outside the box!
In 1997, Cazes did what many thought controversial at the time – they became fully certified organic and biodynamic. Described as a family of “Avant-Gardist” winemakers, Cazes has continued to farm according to biodynamic principles with great success. This year sees them celebrate their 20th biodynamic harvest as one of the largest certified estates in France.