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Inside Beaujolais

Buyer Tim Sykes headed to Beaujolais to get an early taste of the new 2017 vintage; I happily went along too but was there primarily on a mission of my own: to audit one of our key suppliers.

Guaranteeing the quality of your best-loved bottles and ensuring that all the hard work of growers and buyers is not in vain is where we in quality-control come in. Find out what goes on behind the scenes!

Simon Mason

Simon Mason
Q.C. Buying Manager

  • date December 2017
  • location Beaujolais
  • people Tim Sykes Simon Mason

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

In pursuit of Piedmont’s finest

Piedmont 2017

In pursuit of Piedmont’s finest

In preparation for our first ever en primeur offer of 2013 Barolos, buyer Sebastian Payne MW heads to Piedmont in January 2017 to pick the best of the crop. His travelling companions, colleagues David Marsh and Louisa Peskett, both new to the region, share their experiences.

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Spain 2016

Spain 2016

Buyer Pierre Mansour makes a pilgrimage to Spain, to visit one of the country's oldest but least known wine regions, before returning with Trainee Buyer Freddy Bulmer to try some exclusive and very special blends.

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Portugal 2015

Douro top to toe

Digital analyst and keen wine student David Mitchell joins buyer Joanna Locke MW on a revelatory three-day tour of the Douro Valley.

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Out of Angers

Loire 2017: Part II

Out of Angers

Buyer Jo Locke MW and News & Content Editor Jo Goodman head out of the trade fair in Angers and into the cellars of some of our key suppliers in the region: Gratien & Meyer in Saumur, the Bougrier family in their brand new winery and the hewn-out tuffeau caves in Vouvray, Chinon and Touraine-Chenonceaux.

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