Polistas Party

Thursday, 30 April, 2009 by  

L to R: Tony & Olga Ramirez; Daisy Bunn; Our dear Pancho; …and some blonde who crashed the party!

Germany: Reichsrat Von Buhl

Wednesday, 29 April, 2009 by  

A map of the wine regions of Germany“The quality-price ratio of German wines is still extremely good for consumers, with Germany’s main grape varieties, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio, becoming more and more popular. Germany’s cooler climate is also ideal for the trend for somewhat lighter, aromatic wines which go well with modern, light cuisine.” Steffan Schindler, DWI.

The 2007 crop yielded 10.3 million hectoliters of wine – a quantity well above average. Qualilty was also high. some 192 million liters of German wine were exported in 2007 yet the average price per liter was about two euros, equivalent to an export value of 382 million euros and an increase in value of 7.5 percent compared with the year before. Quantity rose by 3.8 percent.

In terms of value, the USA is the most important export market (103 million euros); in terms of quantity, Great Britain (557,000 hl). Exports to Sweden, Holland, Russia and Belgium showed the highest growth rates.

The increasing popularity of Riesling wines is also reflected in the vineyard area devoted to this varietal. As in the preceding year, Riesling acreage increased by ca. 500 ha (1,235 acres) in 2007. With an area equal to 21.3 percent of Germany’s vineyards, Riesling is by far the most important grape variety.

Contact for Wines of Germany:

17 Exeter Street, London, WC2E 7DU
Tel: 020 7759 7405
Fax: 020 7759 7401

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Italy: Cielo

Tuesday, 7 April, 2009 by  

The wine regions of ItalyWhen Nicky first started learning about wine she was working for an Italian wine company, and her love affair with Italian wine started. This beautiful country has more indigenous grape varieties in the World, and the variety of wine styles that the country can produce is mind blowing.

World Wine Agencies are returning to their roots with this small selection of great Italian wines from Cielo family winery – one of the first wineries that Nicky ever visited.

Cielo is still family-run and is hugely important in the Italian domestic market. The family have joined forces with the largest cooperative in the area, combining a great respect for the tradition of winemaking secrets, passed down from generation to generation, with the efficiencies gained using economies of scale to produce great quality wines that everyone can enjoy!

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Argentina: La Chamiza

Monday, 6 April, 2009 by  

The dramatic skyline of Mendoza dresses the vineyards beautifully

Look out for Malbec in the short-term, it’s coming like a runaway freight train! Look out too for Torrontés, Argentina’s unique white variety, now being made in fresh, tropical, delicious style that consumers seem to love when they taste it! Argentina are master blenders (even most of the single varietal wines are blends from different regions) and they are now beginning to be recognized for their greatness.

Pinot Noir from Patagonia is becoming increasingly fine as the vines get older with each passing year and now at last Argentina’s third unique variety, Bonarda, is the dark horse for the future. Begin to look out for deep purple coloured, intense, fresh and spicy reds and zippy, juicy, bright rosés as we move into the next decade. Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, in the last two vintages are amazing – the sky’s the limit over the next few years for these two!

The wine regions of ArgentinaJames Forbes, from Wines of Argentina is positively bursting about the future for Argentina: “Argentina globally is the fastest growing wine exporting country on the planet! Why? Well a revolution has taken place in the Argentine wine. The pace of change that has turned a predominantly domestic industry into a modern, dynamic and innovative export phenomenon is without precedent. Spearheaded by Malbec, predominantly from the big guns of Mendoza, Argentina has blasted a hole through which wines from the far north to the far south, in all colours, styles and price-points, from over a hundred different grape varieties, have stormed the fortresses of export markets around the globe”

Contact details for Wines of Argentina:
James Forbes
Email: jforbes@winesofargentina.com.ar
Tel: 07811 332 160

>> See our selection of wines from the La Chamiza Winery >>

California: Jewel Winery, Paradise Point & Silverado Vineyards

Monday, 6 April, 2009 by  

California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine and is the fourth leading wine producer in the World, behind the countries France, Italy and Spain.
The consistent quality of Californian wine is tied directly to the State’s ideal climate, topography, and soil and it is this reliability and consistency that has enabled the region to increase its sales Worldwide every year since 1993.

californiawinemapDomestically, Californian wines have also increased in popularity and now account for two-thirds of all wine sales in the U.S.

Here are some facts about California’s wine production

  • California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine.
  • California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world behind the countries of France, Italy and Spain.
  • California’s high wine quality is tied directly to the state’s ideal climate, topography, and soil for winegrapes, so the industry will always be based in California.
  • California wine is world renowned with sales increasing every year since 1993 and accounting for two-thirds of all wine sales in the U.S.
  • California’s wineries are predominantly family owned and multi-generational.
  • California wineries support their communities and are philanthropic.

California’s Wine Industry Benefits the State and Nation

  • Produces $51.8 billion in economic value for California.
  • Generates $125.3 billion for the U.S. economy.
  • Creates 309,000 jobs in California and a total 875,000 jobs nationwide.
  • Pays $10.1 billion in wages in California and a total $25.2 billion nationwide.
  • Makes $13 billion in state and federal tax payments.
  • Attracts 19.7 million tourists annually to all regions of California.
  • Generates wine-related tourism expenditures of $2 billion in California.
  • Gives $115 million in annual charitable contributions from California wineries.

California Wine and Wineries Offer Intangible Benefits to Communities:

  • Enhance the quality of life.
  • Promote farming and winemaking practices that are socially and environmentally responsible.
  • Offer cultural attractions such as music, festivals, theater, gardens and museums.
  • Support local retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
  • Preserve open space and provide scenic pastoral landscapes.
  • Build pride for rural communities.
  • Bring positive visibility to California and the U.S. worldwide.

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>> See the wines from the Silverado Vineyards >>

Washington State: Powers Winery & Badger Mountain

Monday, 6 April, 2009 by  

Washington State is a diverse wine region. They cultivate great wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and many other classic grape varieties. That diversity extends beyond the bottle, too. Washington is a mosaic of landscapes extending from evergreen coasts and snow-capped mountains to a vast sagebrush desert where the sun shines across more than 300 days each year.

Diversity is also part of their culture. The Washington wine industry is a collection of creative people drawn from many different backgrounds and from several countries around the world.
A map of the wine regions of WashingtonAlongside that complexity, Washington State’s wine country is also a very genuine place. Their grape growers and winemakers live and work in small towns where restored old homes, beautiful barns, and converted mills truly reflect the modern American west. These communities are among the most easily approachable in the wine world. The person you see walking through the vineyard in jeans, or driving a forklift through the winery, or behind the tasting room counter is often the owner.

Their wines reflect authenticity: rare natural conditions there permit the cultivation of classic varieties without the common, manipulative practice of vine grafting or the intensive use of chemicals. So they harvest the purest expression possible for every wine.

Washington State is also keenly ambitious. As the home of global giants Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Costco and many others, it’s not hard to appreciate that their wine industry also reflects tremendous vision and drive. Their pioneering growers and winemakers broke ground in a vast, wild territory where conventional wisdom said they could not. And they have expanded that work to create America’s second-largest wine region, with more than 32,000 acres (12,950 hectares) of vines across 11 official appellations (or AVAs) and 610 wineries.

Contact for Washington Wines:

Mike Coveney
Hilltop Wines Ltd
22 Hilltop Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7HL

Tel: +44 (0) 1737 223215
Mob: +44 (0) 7831 313067

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