Wine news October 2015

And more tasting opportunities in London

x The Wine Show – Chelsea is running this weekend, from 16th-18th October 2015 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road. Tickets cost £30 per person from The event will showcase more than 500 award-winning wines from around the world. Expert wine advisors will be on hand to offer help and advice and there are expert master classes and carefully chosen menu of foods from around the world will be available to complement the wines.

Scan that wine!

x Forget nosing and swirling, a Scottish science company has created new test kits which they say “will help food and drink experts to measure the quality of wine produced.” Glasgow-based R-Biopharm Rhône has introduced a smart analyser called RIDA®CUBE SCAN which, when used in conjunction with enzymatic tests, detects organic acids, sugars and sulphite in “wine which are indicators of wine quality.” They say the new system can be used in laboratories, production facilities and is particularly suited for smaller businesses. Joanna Wilkie, right, Product Specialist at R-Biopharm Rhône, said: “The RIDA®CUBE SCAN is a walk-away instrument that allows automated single-testing. The first tests available for use on this system have been specifically developed with the wine industry in mind. Results are calculated automatically, displayed on the screen and can be exported to a personal computer or a laboratory information management system.”