Category: Miscellaneous

How to store wine at home

Finding that perfect corner to squirrel away special bottles until they’ve reached drinking perfection can be tricky. If your flat didn’t happen to come with a charmingly cool and musty cellar (a modern plight, we’re sure), here are our tips for storing wine at home (an extract from our Wine School’s book, Exploring & Tasting […]

Pause for thought

After three days, countless seminars and much wine tasting, Sophie Thorpe is back in the office and recovering from the whirlwind of Olympia. Here she ponders a handful of the ideas in discussion at the London Wine Fair 2016. Are the Old and New Worlds over? Caroline Gilbey MW suggested in her Romanian masterclass that […]

After the state of the union

Day two at the London Wine Fair 2016 saw an opportunity to get slurping and spitting. Sophie Thorpe was only too happy to oblige: here she reports on how Pinot Noir is faring beyond Burgundy. The industry briefings of day one felt like an assessment of the UK trade here and now, with a glance […]

A window on the wine world

Sophie Thorpe reports from day one of the London Wine Fair – the UK’s most important trade forum, and a hotbed of views, opinion and exciting new wines. As Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine & Sprits Trade Association (WSTA), so succinctly stated in his industry briefing, “the London Wine Fair matters and it […]