Tom Jones just wants to run a lovely wine business staffed by lovely people for lovely customers. The nervous 23-year-old who set up the business has come a long way in his first 10 years, but he remains as down to earth as he was at the beginning.
Independent wine merchants are braced for their most unusual Christmas in decades as Covid-19 disrupts traditional trading patterns.
A third site for Birmingham independent Loki, and good news for Bath and Aylesbury.
Wolf Wine in Bath encourages customers to trade up with a minimum of risk with the aid of its smartly-packaged wine vials.
The rule of six and the 10pm curfew aren’t making life any easier for the hospitality sector. The independent wine trade is facing its share of the turmoil – though not everyone is complaining about the restrictions.
Every month we invite indies to nominate someone in their company who’s making a real difference to their business. They win something special from Pol Roger Portfolio. Read all about Aaron Tacinelli, the Ohio native who have up architecture to pursue a career in wine and is now an important member of the Jeroboams team.
Hipsterish nerds with Benny hats and too many tattoos … it’s easy to pigeonhole sommeliers into a smug metropolitan subculture. But look beyond the caricature, says David Williams, and you might see a group of distressed wine professionals with a lot to offer the independent trade.
For years, the finest minds among producers, marketers and retailers have been trying to find ways of getting fortified wine sales moving. It turned out that all that was required was a global pandemic. Richard Mason reports.
When Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée 2014 was named Best in Show in this year’s Decanter awards, it was yet more deserved recognition for the work of James Mead and his team at the West Sussex sparkling wine producer. Now the team are hoping to share their success with the independent trade by achieving new listings, not just for the Classic Cuvée but for their widely admired Blanc de Noirs.
Read our supplier-by-supplier breakdown of this year’s winners – not just the wines that made our Top 100, but those that were highly commended by the judges, all of whom are independent wine merchants.
David Williams explores some of the qualities that he believes are setting South Africa apart from its peer group.
Jilly Goolden sings the praises of an eccentric, and inspirational, independent wine merchant.
With so many gins on the market, it can be hard to know how to make sense of such a sprawling category. But luckily Nigel Huddleston is on hand to simplify matters.
We contacted a range of independent merchants, as well as some suppliers, and asked them how worried they are, on a scale of 1 to 10, about European wine imports after Brexit comes into effect. They also outlined the scale of the problem, and what indies should be doing to prepare.
Eight wines that caught our eye in August, ranging from a life-changing Fino to an everyday rosé which ticks more than its fair share of boxes for just £9.99.
Win £800 to spend on a meal for your team with a digital marketing campaign for Aster Crianza. We’re looking for ideas to inspire you from wine merchants across the globe and we’ve found a good one in New York City, involving Bob Dylan. Don’t have a Bob Dylan to hand? A Leo Sayer would work just as well.