Shirakawa: unearthing a forgotten Japanese distillery

Ahead of its limited release, Stephen Bremner, Managing Director at the Tomatin Group, discusses his discovery of the earliest-known vintage Japanese whisky to have ever been bottled.  Whisky, by nature, is incredibly collectable. The prized gems in any enthusiast’s collection comprise limited runs, rare vintages and underrated distilleries. But every now and then, a truly […]

Graci: energy, emotion and Mount Etna

Alberto Graci of Graci and Davy Żyw, our Italy Buyer, discuss the latest vintage, volcanic terroir and the mysteries of Etna.  Where children born into winemaking families are concerned, there is always a question of destiny. Many leave the coop to pursue different lines of work – many return. One such person is Alberto Graci, […]

A moment with Dom Ruinart’s Chef de Caves

What makes a “great” vintage? Some are immediately obvious, thanks to perfect conditions in both the vineyard and the cellar. Others emerge – phoenix-like – to unsuspecting vignerons. We speak with Ruinart’s Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis about the release of their latest vintages, and the surprises it offered. A cool, dry spring and a […]

Understanding Champagne co-operatives

The wine co-operative is often seen as an old-fashioned or low-quality way of making wine. But, in regions such as Champagne, co-ops are an essential way of life, discovers Hannah Crosbie. When you think of Champagne, the first thing that springs to mind is the luxurious Grandes Marques. The likes of Krug, Pol Roger, Dom […]