Wine news August 2017

Peer to Peer Wines

cellartradeIt’s always good to see a wine-focused entrepreneur starting up a new wine business, especially when the model is a little bit different. A long-standing member of the wine-pages community, Paul Armstrong has taken his skills in IT and lifetime love of wine to create, which launched on August 14th. Cellar Trade is a peer-to-peer online auction site that it is all about individuals trading wines with other individuals via the platform. Register as a buyer or seller, and you can list or bid for wines being offered by other members of the site. To buy is commission-free, and sellers pay a highly competitive commission rate of between 4% and 8% to Cellar Trade on their sales.

London Festival of Wine

With the Glasgow and Edinburgh Festivals having sold out several months in advance, my advice is not to delay too long if you are planning to come along to the London Festival of Wine on October 14th 2017. With 450 of 500 available tickets already gone, and all masterclasses sold out, now is the time to grab your tickets and join me for an extraordinary day in a beautiful city centre venue. 42 exhibitors will be pouring over 400 high quality wines, with all samples included in your £25 ticket. Exhibitors include top world winemakers, and the best of the UK’s wine merchants and wine importers. See the full list here.

Try Before you Buy

GrapepipOne of’s sponsoring companies, the wine auction site GrapePip has also lauched an innovative service offering bin-end deals. The service aims to give consumers a bargain, but also to reduce the huge amount of waste in the wine sector: owner of GrapePip, Caspar Bowes, says “The truth is that the wine trade has many blockages: unsold stocks; end-of-line bin-ends; replaced vintages. We have determined to free up these stocks and, in so doing, offer those organising large events (weddings etc.) to get access to proper bargains.” But to take any doubt or risk out of the venture for the consumer, GrapePip allows you to buy just a single bottle of range of wines, which they will dispatch within 24-hours, to let you decide if you wish to go ahead and bid – or take at a ‘buy now’ price on the wine. See

Ice? What Ice?

KaeloKaelo may be a new name to you, but in terms of dream designer ‘gadgets’ this London-based design and engineering company may have something that’s just up your street. Kaelo have developed a system of ‘iceless chilling’, their patented Kryolux™ technology uses less energy than a light bulb and claims to maintain the temperature of a chilled bottle of wine perfectly, without water or ice. They have teamed up with furniture designers to create a range of high-end, functional chillers that are also hand-crafted furniture. These are most certainly luxury pieces, with prices ranging from £1,295 for a stand-alone ‘podium’ to over £16,000 for a full bar – and even a sofa with wine chilling built in. Details at

Creating the blend

Creating the BlendThe South African wine industry has come a long way since 1994, and now a short film has been commissioned by Wines of South Africa that focuses on inclusivity, upliftment and growth of the industry with its people are at the forefront. The film showcases a few of the programmes that are in place, and efforts that are active today, in an effort to enrich and add value on a range of levels to wine industry workers, including land ownership, education, health care, training and business opportunities. Watch the movie on YouTube by clicking the image above.

America Shifts to Wine (and to Rosé)

graphA report published recently by BMI Research on consumption of rosé wine showed huge growth in pink drinking in the USA, with French customs data showing export volumes of Provence Rosé to the US climbed 47% year-on-year in 2016, the twelfth consecutive year of double-digit growth. In 2016 the US imported 11.4m litres of Provence rosé, compared to just 0.4m litres in 2006. But also in the report was another astonishing graph, showing the increased per capita consumption of wine in the US, compared to a similar fall in beer consumption. There’s no mention of value or quality of wines being consumed in the report.