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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

On tour in Tuscany

Tuscany 2016

On tour in Tuscany 2016

News editor Joanna Goodman and buyer Sebastian Payne MW get under the skin of the sensitive sangiovese grape in its spiritual homeland of Tuscany

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Provence 2017

Provence 2017

Pursuing pinks: two days in Provence

Forget fedoras and linens, if you're on a buying trip to Provence in January, you'd better pack your woollies!

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South America 2016

South America 2016

Stories from South America

Buyer Toby Morrhall shares his experiences from visits to Chile and Argentina, finding the best Chilean carmenère, spending a weekend on the coast with Cristóbal Undurraga, the art of the asado, and the romantic tale behind a new chenin blanc from Roberto de la Mota

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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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