Newsletter September 2016: The Loire Valley

The Loire – from Nantes to Sancerre in three days. When it comes to visiting the Loire Valley timing is everything, at least if you are in the wine business. This is because the Loire’s reds, unlike the whites, are highly variable in quality and enjoyability from vintage to vintage. We knew that 2014 and […]

Newsletter January 2016: The Valais, Switzerland

The Valais is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps with the Rhone river flowing through from near Lake Geneva on its way to the Mediterranean. The Valais and its terraced slopes are also home to 40% of all Swiss wines, including many varieties that are grown nowhere else in the world! For […]

Newsletter: May 2015 – Provence and Bandol, France

Another trip to Millesime Bio in Montpellier France proved to be worthwhile. We were able to meet several of the producers we represent including Domaine Vacheron and Domaine Mordoree, while tasting the wines of potential new producers that are either organic or seeking biodynamic status. With over 500 wineries present, the hall was packed with […]

Newsletter: April 2015 – France

Our February trip took us to Angers, for the Salon des Vins, and then to Burgundy. The Salon is the annual trade fair for wines from the Loire Valley and as such provides a wonderful opportunity to taste the offerings of specific producers as well as putting the most recent vintages in context. We had […]

Newsletter: November 2014 – Portugal

Iberia (Part 1) Our trip to Portugal and Spain proved very rewarding and we have sourced and shipped a multitude of new wines from these regions for your exploration and enjoyment. We hit the ground running, literally it turned out, with John heading for the venerable house of Niepoort from the airport and Mat venturing […]

December Newsletter

While Mat was ‘holding the fort’ in October, I headed off to southern France for a week with the family for a half-term wine tasting tour. Although Mat and I had covered the Rhone in our January trip we felt that the area represented such a good value for money that some additional stock was […]

March 2013

March 2013   What a great trip!  Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar heading back to London after a one-week journey through the Rhone, Burgundy and Champagne in late January.   It started in Montpellier where I met up with Mat Macdonald.  We had signed up for Millesme Bio, the world’s largest […]

January 2013

January 2013   I am pleased to confirm that both the California and Greek shipments have now arrived and those who previously ordered mixed cases will have them delivered this week.  As a reminder the offers were as follows:   California  ($ 270 per case x 6 bottles) 1 bottle DuMol Chardonnay ‘Estate’ 2010 1 bottle […]

November 2012

November 2012                                                                                                          No. 28   We are now in the process of restocking for Christmas and over the next few weeks wines from all over the world will be trickling into the warehouse.  These include new producers in California, Greece and the Rhone Valley and to introduce these wines to you we have put together […]

August 2012

August 2012     Although our summer heat places a temporary embargo on my wine imports it does provide an opportunity to reflect on the portfolio and any gaps that might exist.   My recent focus has been on champagne.  I have brought in Gosset for the past ten years as I liked their house […]

May 2012

May 2012   New Zealand   I attended the annual New Zealand tasting in London in January, and sipped and spat my way through hundreds of wines.  I was primarily looking for a top rank sauvignon blanc to add to the portfolio, with particular focus on the Marlborough region in the South Island.  As it […]

December 2011

December 2011   Pra and the Veneto The search for that perfect combination of quality, interest and value is never an easy one, and nowhere was this more evident than in the Veneto, an area just north of Verona.  I had made several appointments, in advance, with properties that had a superior reputation.  The tastings […]

August 2011

August 2011     No wine travel over the past few months – but that is about to change.  I plan to spend September and October in Europe sourcing new wines, the opportunity occasioned by our daughter heading off to boarding school in the UK.  The initial focus will be Italy, and in particular the […]

February 2011

February 2011   We have just received a new shipment of wines from New Zealand and to give you an opportunity to try these I have put together a tasting case (twelve different bottles).  At $275 I have priced the wines at below retail cost (including the 10% discount) and will throw in free delivery […]

October 2010

October 2010   Bordeaux and Tasting Schedule   This summer’s tasting trip focused on Bordeaux, but to get there we travelled through Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Jogjakarta and Barcelona.  Amongst the highlights were Cairo and the Pyramids, Ubud (the cultural heart of Bali), the temples of Prambanan and Borobudur near Jogjakarta and examples of the […]

May 2010

May 2010   This newsletter takes me to Burgundy where a series of seemingly innocuous events has resulted in the forthcoming importation of wines from a new, at least to Bermuda, region of France.   It started with the hire of a rental car at Geneva airport where, in a moment of foolishness, my travel […]

December 2009

December 2009 An opportunity of free accommodation in the pretty village of Uzes just outside Avignon proved too good to pass up this summer. The location justified the adage that the best vineyards are almost always found in areas of considerable natural beauty and historical importance. As for wine my focus was on finding a […]

December 2008

December 2008 No. 19 This summer’s trip was well off the beaten wine path, so to speak, taking in Hungary and Austria as well as a sightseeing detour to Krakow in Poland. As has become the norm I travelled with my old university friend Mike Bolt. He was keen to take in some of Eastern […]

June 2008

June 2008 No. 18 It has been a relatively quiet spring as regards events, but commencing in October we expect to announce a series of tastings and dinners to be held over the winter months.  I will be travelling to Europe for much of July to taste and hopefully purchase a number of new wines, […]

October 2007

NEWSLETTER October 2007 No. 17 The theme today is Spain with details of a visit to a number of wineries in its northwest corner and an upcoming Iberian wine dinner at Coco Reef. With my trusty sidekick, renaissance man Michael Bolt, we headed for the provinces of Asturias, Castilla y Leon and Galicia in northwestern […]

November 2006

November 2006 After returning from Asia in late July a trip was planned to southwest France to investigate and promote the sale of my travel companion Mike’s property. He is the proud owner of a once dilapidated, now crumbling, hotel in the spa town of Eau Bonnes in the foothills of the Pyrenees. While efforts […]

October 2006

October 2006 This summer’s wine adventure commenced in June with four weeks in the Loire Valley. We rented a gite on the outskirts of Bourgueil, found a French tutor for our daughter and spent the days searching for new wines, visiting old friends and checking out the local sights. As it turned out the timing […]

December 2005

December 2005 No. 14 My summer travels this year took me to France revisiting a few old friends and meeting potential new acquaintances (I am talking about wines here!). First stop was the Loire Valley and an unscheduled visit to Chateau du Hureau in Saumur Champigny, where I met winemaker and owner Philippe Vatan. I […]

January 2005

January 2005 A happy New Year to everyone, may 2005 be more peaceful than 2004. The Christmas rush is over and for this business January and February are relatively quiet. A time to reorganize the warehouse and catch up on the accounts. A trip to France is planned for late January to attend the Loire […]

September 2004

September 2004 As you may remember from previous newsletters September is a busy month for me. Wines must be ordered and shipping organized for October delivery to Bermuda. Apart from re-ordering from existing producers new wines must be evaluated both in terms of their quality and marketability. There is also the process of perusing the […]

July 2004

No.11 – July 2004 Vineyard visits have not featured over the past nine months but I should have lots of material after this summer’s travels. You can expect to hear the results of visits to Niagara (Ontario), Sonoma / Napa and Oregon in September with Spain likely to feature later in the year. In terms […]

January 2004

To clients and friends a happy new year. This edition of the newsletter describes my trip to the west coast late last year. My timing was good as I was able to taste and purchase many wines from the excellent 2001 vintage, including several new houses. The year promises to be quite exciting with the […]

November 2003

You may remember that my September newsletter covered the Loire Valley. From Sancerre to Chablis is about a 90-minute drive and it was with some excitement that I headed for Chablis and my rendezvous with Celine Brocard. I had heard good reports about the 2002 Burgundy vintage and having sold out of Jean-Marc Brocard’s wines […]

September 2003

NEWSLETTER September 2003 No. 8 My travels to the vineyards of Europe this year were defined by the weather, the hottest, driest summer in northern France and Germany since at least 1976 I was told. The journey started in Chinon where the Cabernet Franc grape rules. I have had a soft spot for this region […]

September 2002

This summer’s wine adventure took me to Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Although I have been importing Rhone wines for some time I had never visited the area, rather having tasted most of the producers’ wines in London prior to purchase. Travelling with me was friend and fellow wine-lover Michael Bolt. The first visit was […]

November 2001

In my last newsletter I reported that I had visited Bordeaux on my way to Rioja in July. I took the opportunity to visit Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion whose wines I have been purchasing for four years now. The Chateau is located in the appellation of Pessac-Leognan, near the town of Leognan south of Bordeaux. No […]

August 2001

In my last newsletter I reported that I had visited Bordeaux on my way to Rioja in July. I took the opportunity to visit Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion whose wines I have been purchasing for four years now. The Chateau is located in the appellation of Pessac-Leognan, near the town of Leognan south of Bordeaux. No […]

March 2001

The Grand Cru dinner was held in February at Le Figaro and enjoyed by all, except perhaps the next morning. Who said you couldn’t get a hangover drinking great wine! The next event will be a Deerfield Ranch wine dinner to be held on Saturday 28th April at Le Figaro. Robert Rex and his wife […]

January 2001

The dust has now settled, literally and figuratively, with the new warehouse completed and newly arrived wines safely stored away. The year ahead should be interesting with wine dinners starting to fall into place starting with a Grand Cru Burgundy dinner on 1st February, a potential wine dinner in March and a visit by Robert […]

November 2000

After four years of modest growth New World Wines is set to become a leading distributor of fine wine in Bermuda. I owe a debt of gratitude to the many friends, family, clients and providers (both of wine and services) who have helped make this possible. I hope the end result will be to give […]