Today’s guest blogger is Val Lewis, PR and events coordinator for Negociants UK, with a “guest guest” appearance by NUK sales manager Chris Unger.
Tastings have been coming in thick and fast over the past month, and with Yalumba Winemaker Louisa Rose here with us in the UK for 10 days, we have managed to cover much of the length and breadth of this great (grey) land, spreading the good word of Yalumba.
So here is an update from Chris Unger (aka Cardi Man), Negociants UK sales manager and our fine wine brain:
“We had Louisa criss-crossing the country to visit old friends and new with a series of trade visits and wine dinners from north to south. Louisa has a strong following and leaves a remarkable impression amongst those she meets.
“A few highlights include a dinner with Riesling-obsessed, and long time supporters, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. The evening started with a vertical of Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling from 1997 through to 2003 followed by a five-course dinner extravaganza that would have impressed even the toughest of critics. A little birdy mentioned that the evening continued after the guests left and into the wee hours with Roger (the owner of the Harrow) dipping into his own personal cellar to share some treats with Louisa and Emma.
“Up in the ‘Grim North’ Louisa weaved her magic with the young and enthusiastic wine team at Anthony’s in Leeds. Anthony’s operate four restaurant sites with the most recent opening in the renovated Corn Exchange, which is a truly unique restaurant space. The standout wines of the tasting were the Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz and Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier – with both being listed by the glass following the visit.”
OK, back to me, Val, now, with a roundup of recent events.
Negociants UK Icon Tasting
Working in events is good for the soul but bad for the nervous disposition! A fortnight of sleepless nights, midnight scribblings – I do love making a good list – and triple-checking vintages all paid off when we hosted our annual Icon Tasting at Fifth View, Piccadilly. It was a huge success; the wines showed beautifully and were tasted by an impressive turnout of top press, sommeliers and restaurateurs.
The Wine Show London
I love this event, it attracts thousands of visitors from across London. From the Pinot Grigio glugging gaggle to the those who desire nothing more than to calmly discuss the finer points of the warm ferment … at the end of four days of pouring and chatting if one more person had called it “Rye-sling” (this is a very, very British thing) I may have hung my apron up for good.
Yalumba 160th Birthday
Negociants UK celebrated Yalumba’s 160th birthday with beef and Grenache party pies, fireworks and a cheeky glass of Yalumba FDR1A. Ken Withers (our worryingly domesticated national accounts manager) hosted the NUK team for an evening of fun and frivolity, and together we toasted all that makes Yalumba wonderful. The warm and fuzzy brought a tear to my eye, and I’m certain I saw Ken snuffling quietly into his hankie too.
The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
This finished off the year’s events calendar on the 21st and 22nd of October – keep an eye out for the news story about the event which will shortly be appearing on www.decanter.com along with recommendations and videos. The standouts on the weekend were Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2005 and the Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008. This event attracts over 1500 visitors – and at £48 a ticket this is no small feat. The crowd are knowledgeable and interested (and interesting!), and it’s always a pleasure to pour Yalumba’s finest alongside the great and the good of our Old World peers.