Wine news March 2016

Glasgow Festival of Wine

wine-pages-bannerThe big news here at wine-pages is the launch of the Glasgow Festival of Wine. A revival of the much loved wine events Tom ran in the city between 2002 and 2009, the Festival celebrates 21 years since wine-pages itself was launched. It’s an all-day (and all-evening!) celebration of wine to which all are welcome. At a fantastic venue in the heart of Glasgow vibrant city centre, the day-time event on 11th June 2016 will see the world’s top wine names pour over 250 different wines for you to sample, whilst a programme of three tutored tastings is optional, but selling fast already.  In the evening, it’s all about good food, great wine and conversation with the phenomenal BYO dinner for 100 people. You are invited to bring along your most interesting bottle to drink, and to share with fellow wine lovers in a completely informal evening that celebrates all that’s good about the love of wine!  All the information including exhibitors, tutored tastings, the BYO dinner and tickets at

Cellars in the Sky

cellar-skyBusiness Traveller magazine’s Cellars in the Sky Awards judges the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide. The 2015 winners have just been announced:

Gold Medal: Singapore Airlines
Silver Medal: Qatar Airways
Bronze Medal: Korean Air

Gold Medal: Eva Air
Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific
Bronze Medal: Singapore Airlines

Gold Medal: Singapore Airlines
Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific
Bronze Medal: Korean Air, Qantas

Boom boom England

roundtableAn ambitious plan to acheive a 10-fold increase in English wine exports by 2020 was backed by government following a round-table meeting between producers, wine industry representatives and Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss. In terms of value, this would mean exports increasing from £3.2 million to over £30 million over the next five years. Elizabeth Truss said: “There has never been a more exciting time for the English wine industry. Production has doubled in the last five years, with sales reaching a record breaking £100 million in 2015. By using cutting-edge technology our hard-working grape growers are now producing some of the best wine in the world.” Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “English wine is earning itself a world class reputation for quality. English wine’s potential and ambitions for rapid growth are clear in the aims, agreed today, to double production and to see exports increasing ten-fold.”

Batman Vs. Superman Vs. The Gaucho

gaucho-batmanSomething a bit different (and looks like rather good value) on the 26th of March as Argentine steak restaurant Gaucho presents a ‘Gaucho Premiere’ at the O2 in London, showing the much-anticipated Batman Vs Superman. This cinematic experience kicks off with a cocktail reception followed by a two course meal of Empanadas to start, followed by Argentine grass-fed beef with accompanying sides. The meal will be paired with Argentinian wines, hand-picked by Gaucho’s resident wine superhero, Phil Crozier. Once the meal is complete, diners will feast their eyes on the on-screen battle. Tickets cost £55 and the event begins at 1pm.  For more information visit:

Good news for Georgia

georgia-mapIt was back in 2006 that I reported from Georgia, where I was chairing the National Wine Competition, on the ban on Georgian wine imposed by Russia. The ban, widely suspected of being politically motivated, was devastating for Georgia, which until then had exported the bulk of its wine production to Russia. Three years ago the ban was finally lifted and a report by Georgia’s National Wine Agency announces strong growth in the Russian market once again, accounting for over half of Georgia’s entire wine exports in January and February of this year, a growth of 56% on the same period last year.