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English and Welsh Wine Weeks coming up in June

June is a busy month for wine lovers in the UK, with Welsh Wine Week, London Wine Fair and English Wine Week.
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June is a busy month for wine lovers in the UK, with Welsh Wine Week, London Wine Fair and English Wine Week.

The Welsh Wine Week will kick things off on the 4th-12th June with wineries dotted all over Wales - you can find out more about the events and where to purchase your Welsh wines at https://welshwineweek.co.uk/

London Wine Fair is the UK's biggest trade event and will be on the 7th-9th June at Olympia.

The final big event is English Wine Week on the 18th-26th June, this is also the week that the winning wines of the WineGB awards will be announced.

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ThirtyFifty shortlisted for IWC Wine Educator of the Year

ThirtyFifty is a finalist for the IWC Merchant Awards category of Wine Educator of the Year.
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ThirtyFifty is a finalist for the IWC Merchant Awards category of Wine Educator of the Year. Last year we missed out but we are hoping to add 2022 to our stable of awards achieved in our 20 years of being in business. Winners will be announced on 7th July 2022 at the IWC Awards, held at The Hurlingham Club in London.


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Bordeaux 2021 prices expected down on a mixed vintage

A survey of Merchants suggest 71% think volumes will be down on the 2021 Bordeaux En Primeur wines.
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Bordeaux’s 2021 wines come to market with prices expected down on a mixed vintage. A survey of merchants suggest 71% think volumes will be down on the 2021 Bordeaux En Primeur wines.

Liv-ex, a global marketplace for fine wines, surveyed its merchant membership, concluding that the 2021 vintage will be the worst since 2017 which it just beats. Nearly 54% of merchants are expecting sales volumes to be down by over 20%, but with prices predicted to soften by just 2.7% compared to the 2020 vintage.

In difficult years the best wines get a chance to shine, and the top five wines from the 2021 Bordeaux vintage are:

Margaux
Lafite Rothschild
Figeac
Cheval Blanc
Ausone

Cheval Blanc has released its first tranche of wines which are up 3% on 2020 at €390 per bottle ex-Bordeaux. Decanter's Georgie Hindle gave it 96 points and positioned it as 'one of the success stories from the challenging and heterogeneous Bordeaux 2021 vintage'.

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UK producer Simpsons doubling down on still Chardonnay

The Kent based wine estate is planting 40ha of Chardonnay destined for still white wine production.
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The Kent based wine estate is planting 40ha of Chardonnay destined for still white wine production, in a move that could show the next big opportunity for English wines.

World-beating sparkling wines are what England has become known for, but recently Chardonnay has started to become a challenger. Simpsons Estate has decided to plant 40ha of Chardonnay using only Burgundian clones optimized for still wines on chalky soils.

Historically, much of the UK's Chardonnay has been planted using clones best suited for sparkling wine production, but after the commercial and critical success of their still Chardonnay, Simpsons are dedicating more vineyards to these.

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Yellow Tail vineyard sale

Australian producer and the world's most recognisable wine brand is planning on selling their 7258ha of vineyards in Australia.
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Australian producer Yellow Tail, the world's most recognisable wine brand, is planning on selling their 7258ha of vineyards in Australia.
The vineyards are located in over 35 sites in South Australia and New South Wales and include premium regions such as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast and the Riverina.

Yellow Tail is owned by the Casella Family Brands and is Australia’s largest family-owned wine company, founded in 1969. They are planning to sell the vineyards as a single lot with the long term purchase contracts for the grapes from the vineyards.

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2022 Power Wine Brands

Wine Intelligence announces the 2022 power brands, with a return to normal service as Covid dissipates
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The 2022 power brands by Wine Intelligence is based a a survey of 25 key wine drinking countries to find out which wine brands have the best consumer recognition.

During the Covid pandemic, drinkers' awareness of big brands dipped, but 2021 has seen the return to more normal awareness of the big brands, if not quite are pre-pandemic levels.

The top 10 power wine brands in the world are:

Yellow tail (Australia)
Casillero del Diablo (Chile)
Barefoot (USA)
Gallo Family vineyards (USA)
Jacobs Creek (Australia)
Gaito Negro (Chile)
Santa Carolina (Chile)
Mouton Cadet (France)
JP Chenet (France)
Lindemans (Australia)

By country, the top 10 brands are 3 for Australia, 3 for Chile, 2 for USA and 2 for France.

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