As we approach the publication of the second edition of the 2019 Wine List Confidential guide, we profile the winners who picked up the top gongs at this year’s awards ceremony.
Bluebell Vineyard launches first English still wines
Bluebell Vineyard has launched its first still wines made from grapes from the 2018 vintage including an estate white made from Chasselas, which it is also trialling in a sparkling wine.
Majestic’s Ealing store to be redeveloped into housing
Majestic’s Ealing store, which is being sold to property developer A2Dominion, is set to be redeveloped as a 25 storey residential block of flats, if planning permission is granted.
Seresin Estate to partner with Enotria&Co in the UK
Seresin Estate, the Marlborough winery owned by cinematographer Michael Seresin, will move its UK distribution from Louis Latour to Enotria&Co next year.
Hendrick’s Gin to offer immersive experience in a Shoreditch laundrette
William Grant & Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick’s is upping its experimental marketing stakes with a pop-up gin experience in a laundrette in Shoreditch.
Scarecrow creator Celia Welch’s wines come to the UK
Celia Welch, the winemaker responsible for cult California Cabernet Scarecrow, is to sell her Corra label in the UK for the first time through James Hocking Wine.
Buyers circle Lay & Wheeler
With Majestic now sold off, buyers, reportedly including the part-owner of BI Wines & Spirits, are now circling another of Naked Wines’ divisions being off-loaded – Lay & Wheeler.
Mel Brown to open new Brixton wine bar
New Zealand-born, London-based entrepreneur Melanie Brown is to open a neighbourhood bistro and wine shop called The Laundry in Brixton this autumn.
London’s cheapest Michelin star meals revealed
Leroy in Hackney has been revealed to be the restaurant offering the least expensive Michelin-starred food in the UK, while The Fat Duck is the priciest.
Goldsmiths bans beef to tackle climate change
In a bid to tackle climate change, London university Goldsmiths has banned the sale of beef on campus as it attempts to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Benchmark Drinks becomes Fecovita’s UK distributor
Benchmark Drinks, which distributes Sir Ian Botham and Graham Norton’s wines in the UK, has been named as the exclusive UK distributor for Argentine wine giant Fecovita.
Chile’s Osorno has ‘tremendous potential’ for high quality sparkling wine
One of Chile’s principal producers of sparkling wine, Miguel Torres Chile, is hoping to exploit the Osorno Valley’s “tremendous potential” for high quality fizz, according to winemaker Eduardo Jordan.