In advance of our Autumn Portfolio Tasting tomorrow, David Gleave MW reflects on how the industry has changed since Liberty Wines was founded in 1997...
Over the last year food and beverage trendspotters have declared that vermouth is no longer the drink of an old, bygone era - vermouth is experiencing a renaissance. Join the renaissance - check out Liberty Wines' vermouth picks and recipes.
September hails the end of summer. Whether you cling to the hope of an Indian Summer and look forward to hunkering down and embracing autumnal evenings and the advent of the Christmas season, the wines of Burgundy have something for every occasion.
The sustainability of our industry is very important at Liberty Wines, and we are proud of the progress we have made so far...
The Monastrell grape, also known as Mourvèdre or Mataro, is usually not found as single varietal wine. It is often used mainly for blending, being an important component of many wines from the Rhône Valley. Many consider Monastrell as a grape that can be produced in bulk at cheap prices, and think that it perhaps lacks the sophisticated flavour profile and potential of other grapes grown in similar regions, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. But luckily for us, there are some who do not adhere to this philosophy. The Castaño family in Yecla DO and their outstanding single varietal Monastrell wines, have successfully disproved this theory.
Vinho Verde is a region in the cool, rainy part of north-western Portugal, bordered to the north by the Minho River adjacent to Spain. The region's wines have seen a continued growth in popularity over the last few years with statistics from the region's representative body CVRVV showing a 29% growth in Vinho Verde exports by volume to the UK from 2012-2015.
Aperitif culture is having a moment and Portugal’s answer to the trend is the white port tonic.
The barbecue season is upon us (come rain or shine!) and it is calling out for fresh, perfumed, fruit-forward wines. The team at Willunga 100 in McLaren Vale have perfected this style making wines that are a perfect match for this summer.
“We are extremely excited to be offering a range of sakes from Keigetsu Brewery, our first foray into this category..." Jennifer Docherty MW, SSI Kikisake-shi (Master of Sake) and an IWC Sake Panel Chair judge.
There have been several exciting developments for Grosset, one the most lauded and influential producers in Australia.
David Gleave MW: I was very lucky in recent weeks to be present at two vertical tastings of quite exceptional wines: nine vintages of the ClonakillaCanberra District Shiraz/Viognier, and four vintages each of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Tolpuddle Vineyard.
David Gleave MW: "Many people think the wine industry is one long tasting of the great wines of the world. It is true that we do quite well most of the time, but I recently undertook one of the most difficult – and depressing – comparative blind tastings I’ve done in a long time..."