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VV’S ‘Top Of The Tops’ Terroir Tasting

Viña Ventisquero’s Winemaker, Felipe Tosso, led a group of Sommeliers through what he considers to be the top wines from VV’s top terroirs.  The tasting was in essence a virtual tour of Viña Ventisquero’s owned vineyards; from Tara, produced in tiny quantities in the world’s driest desert, the Atacama; to the well-known Casablanca region; then moving further inland to taste wines from Maipo Andes and also Maipo Coastal.  The finale to the tasting was the premium wines from the unique microclimate of Apalta.  Each wine was selected by Felipe as the truest expression of place and varietal!

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André Van Rensburg And Michel Rolland: French Finesse Meets South African Candour

In 2015, Vergelegen’s winemaker André van Rensburg came to the UK to talk to the Press about his partnership with the famous oenologist Michel Rolland.

This year… Michel joined André in person to talk about their work together.

Would there be fireworks?  Or just a meeting of vinous minds?  Have a look at what the journalists had to say…  

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Oops!... We Did It Again

We did it again! This June, we took a group of 14 top UK Press and Sommeliers to the part of France that is every wine lover’s dream: Alsace.

This was the second edition of Millésimes Alsace - a day-long tasting of wines from over 80 of the region’s top producers.  We then headed off for a few extra days visiting producers and Grands Crus to fully immerse ourselves in all thing Alsatian. 

Joining Emma, Ali and Mr Alsace himself, Eric Zwiebel, on the trip of a vinous lifetime were:


  • Anne Krebiehl MW - Wine Enthusiast
  • Jane Anson - Decanter
  • Jonathan Ray - Spectator
  • Christine Austin - Yorkshire Post
  • Jamie Goode - wineanorak.com & Sunday Express
  • Christelle Guibert – Decanter
  • Chef Roger Jones - The Buyer


  • Terry Kandylis - 67 Pall Mall
  • Alvis Nemiro - Chiltern Firehouse
  • Laure Patry - Social Wine & Tapas
  • Romain Bourger - The Vineyard at Stockcross
  • Tobias Brauweiler - Hakkasan
  • Tanguy Martin - La Trompette
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Côtes du Rhône Skin Côntact LIVE…. Again

He vowed the 2015 gig was a one-off… but on Thursday 12th May 2016, Richard Hemming MW brought Skin Côntact back to rock the UK wine trade and raise welcome funds for Wine Relief.

ewpr once again brokered an exclusive sponsorship deal for Côtes du Rhone (after all, ‘Think Red Nose Day, Think Côtes du Rhône’), and organised a Press & Trade Tasting before the band took to the stage - this time at a venue with a truly rock ‘n’ roll history: the O2 Academy, Islington.

Band members Richard Hemming MW, Alex Hunt MW (Berkmann Wines), Ben Smith (Concha y Toro) and Matt James (The Bordeaux Cellar) were joined by a stellar line-up of guest singers - including famous faces such as ‘Jolly’ Olly Smith, The Wine Show’s Amelia Singer, Noble Rot’s Mark Andrew and the rootin’ tootin’ ex-Decanter Editor Guy Woodward.  The night was finished on a high note, with a DJ battle between Neal Martin and Noble Rot’s Dan Keeling.

In addition to being the perfect shop window and showcase for Côtes du Rhône wines, and a stomping night out for the UK Wine Trade, around £10,000 was raised for the Comic Relief charity.

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A Sewpr Score At The Benevolent Quiz 2016

A fab fourth place and personal best for the ewpr team at the Benevolent Quiz Night.  Special guest appearances from music round maestro Richard Hemming, font of random knowledge and geography Martin Green, and sports supremo Jamie Goode.

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Shining A Light On Chardonnay

Ruinart’s Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis was in London recently to host a Chardonnay tasting at Ruinart’s inaugural ‘Lighthouse’.

Widely recognised as a reference for Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Ruinart’s Lighthouse was an exploration, exhibition and celebration of all things Chardonnay - including Hubert Le Gall’s photogenic ‘The Glass Calendar’ sculpture collection.

Fred’s innovative tasting showed Ruinart wines alongside other New and Old World Chardonnays.

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ewpr Christmas Card 2015

The ewpr Christmas Card for 2015 is out!

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Turkey's Kayra Makes Its Mark

What do you get when you blend characterful Californian winemaker Daniel O’Donnell with a forward-thinking Turkish winery, more indigenous varietal wines than you can shake a stick at, and some of the more unexpected (and unexpectedly good) food and wine pairings encountered in recent years?

The Kayra Wines tasting and lunch / dinner at Hakkasan is what.  We’ll let the pictures do the talking.  Oh, and guest Roger Jones (@littlebedwyn): "Possibly one of the best wine tastings I have been to.  @ew_pr promoting #kayrawines @hakkasan_group. Turkish wines are glowing @will_lyons"

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Exploring Alsace Through Riesling & Pinot Gris

Alsace: picture postcard perfect villages… 15,500 hectares of vineyards… the Vosges Mountains to one side and the River Rhine on the other…  and around 13 geological formations found in its soils - from granite and gneiss in the foothills of the mountains to loess and alluvial on the valley floor.

All this means a mosaic of terroirs with a huge spectrum of different wine styles.  What better way to explore this than through a free-pour tasting of Alsace Rieslings and Pinot Gris - two grape varieties, and many different taste profiles - and focus tastings led by a true Alsace wines expert?

That’s exactly what members of the UK Press and Trade were able to do when they came to Chandos House on Monday 12th October: over 80 different wines from leading producers in the region, and two Masterclasses led by Alsatian and Master Sommelier, Eric Zwiebel.

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Experience Napa Valley - Class of 2015

Napa legends and their wines, also meeting the next generation of vintners… hot air balloon rides across the Valley, and ‘down & dirty’ in the vineyards… a visit to Spring Mountain to experience the billowing blanket of cooling coastal fog first hand, followed by a tasting on the Valley floor… fine Californian cuisine and Sauvignon Blanc at Silverado; vintners in rolled up shirt sleeves at a home-cooked lunch picnic-style up in the hills at Somerston surrounded by hummingbirds…

Just when you think you know Napa and its wines… 

Press Pupils

  • Jamie Goode - Sunday Express / wineanorak.com
  • Julie Sheppard - Imbibe / Square Meal

 Sommelier Students

  • Romain Audrerie - Chiltern Firehouse
  • Jose Luis Hernandez - Hakkasan
  • Eric Zweibel MS - Summer Lodge Hotel 

Top Of The Class – ‘The Wine Merchant’ Competition Winners

  • Lesley Freer - Amps Fine Wines
  • Ciaran McErlean - The Tasting House
  • Archie McDiarmid - Luvians
  • Gordon Minnis - Calistoga & Sideways 

And Planet of The Grapes grafter, Matt Harris.

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