I know I have said this before, but a former Wall-Streeter-turned-wine-maker said, "It's one thing to make great juice, it's another thing to sell it." And I don't know how you sell anything these days without using social media, especially if you're a small, start-up vineyard trying to get its name out there.Consumers and vineyards are getting online.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie didn't manage to make it to George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's four day wedding celebrations in Venice this weekend, apparently because they were tied up on set. The couple, who tied the knot themselves last month, are working on their second movie project together 'By The Sea' in Malta and apparently couldn't tear themselves away from the shoot and instead sent a case of their Miraval wine.
Written by Charles Curtis MW (pictured), “The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy” looks at Burgundy in the 18th and 19th centuries and, as Curtis explained to the drinks business: “How Burgundy was esteemed prior to the modern period.”
The Primum Familiae Vini are an association of top European wine domaines, and we were treated to a tasting of some of their wines, presented by Christophe Brunet, wine ambassador of the PVF and Fiona Beckett, food and wine journalist. They were providing the chat, with Fiona’s brief being suggesting suitable pairings for the wines. She did really well: it’s not a task I’d envy.
I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch.
Isabelle Legeron, who writes about her favourite topic, natural wine elsewhere in this issue (“Pure pleasure: the natural wine bar scene”), is a rarity: a French Master of Wine. It is not surprising there are so few of them because to pass the