Over the past twenty years book clubs have become part of the social fabric of the UK. A recent article in The Telegraph suggests there are now 50,000 in the UK alone. If you’re not in a book club, you’ll certainly know someone who is. But there is a big problem [...]
A quick intro to the wines of Meursault…
Meursault has a curious effect on me. I only need to hear the word and I start to feel hungry. It is as rounded and ample as the wines it refers to. It is somehow fitting that you simply can’t say it quickly.
Meursault is [...]
It was a crude but effective way of making a wine buying decision: Old World vs. New World. You had savoury, medium-bodied classic styles from Europe on the one hand; fruity, powerful, full-bodied styles from Not Europe on the other. But the growing trend towards ‘cool climate’ throughout the New World is producing [...]
Yesterday we looked at the three primary channels for commercial wine buying in the UK: wholesalers, agents and buying direct from producer. In this follow-up article we look at the additional supplementary channels that can help you build the strongest range possible.
For those looking to buy wine for resale in the UK, it’s a [...]
Here’s a recent article I wrote for wrote for trade magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit on commercial wine buying.
When it comes to developing your wine range, there are many different sourcing channels to consider. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each before choosing the right mix for your business. In the [...]
Of all the red wines of the Rhône Valley, there is one that has an unfortunate reputation. Cornas has often been accused of having a rustic or ‘animal’ side to its character; rough round the edges with gamey aromas. But the new generation of winemakers is proving this needn’t be the case. Cornas is now [...]
A brief introduction to the wines of Beaune…
If you’re new to Burgundy, the handsome city of Beaune is the perfect base from which to explore. This ancient citadel sits proudly at the centre of the region, in the foremost quality zone known as the Côte d’Or. It is surrounded by a sea of vines, [...]
A brief introduction to the wines of Castillon…
In terms of both reputation and prices Bordeaux stands victorious among the wine regions of France. It is hardly surprising that its neighbours have tried to emulate its success. Although the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Left Bank is largely hemmed in by river and forest, the vineyards of the [...]
Here’s a link to an article I wrote on the rise of proper sherry for Imbibe magazine: http://imbibe.com/feature/no-grannies-allowed/16718
When planning the wines for your wedding, sometimes it pays to look beyond the big names if you want maximum bang for your buck. Here are some reliable producers of classic styles and alongside some under-the-radar alternatives that offer outstanding value for money.
When it comes to sparkling wine, Champagne still reigns [...]
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2013
Off Licence News Top 25 Policy and Opinion Formers 2013
Winner of The Drinks Business Awards Communicator of the Year 2013
Winner of Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards Newcomer of the Year 2013
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2012
Matt Walls is part of a new generation of modern young wine writers who are more interested in mind-blowing flavour than etiquette. Having first got into wine working in off-licenses in Brighton, he has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, a wine shop in London where you can try the wines before you buy. He is a judge for three international wine competitions, and his first book has just been published by Quadrille – Drink Me! How to choose, taste and enjoy wine. He works as a freelance writer and consultant and is based in London.
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