So it has been a busy couple of months at Bespoke. All the autumn orders are now in the UK ready for the build up to Christmas. I have been up and down the UK visiting potential new clients and new suppliers, as well as trying to make it to as many trade tastings as I could.
For anyone who cares to know let me tell you, heaven is a glass of Chambertin Grand Cru by Jean-Louis Trapet. I had the pleasure of meeting him yesterday at the Biodyvin Tasting which was certainly the highlight of my week. The show was excellent, showing a selection of really awesome wines. Their techniques might be a bit bonkers but you cant argue with the results! Other highlights include the Croatian tasting in October. I am always impressed with the intensity and unique flavours Croatian wines have to offer.
So where next? Well all indications earlier in the year were pointing towards a trip to the Languedoc but at the last minute we decided to change tack, postpone the trip for a month and head to Northern Italy in December. This last minute change of events has left me frantically trying to organise and research the trip to get the most out of it, but it is all done with great excitement and trepidation and we cant wait to set foot on Italian soil.
Other news is that I have spent the last month, where time permits, researching the Human Rights Watch report on the South African wine industry and the fall-out caused by the publication. I was deeply saddened by the news on its release and considering I was there throughout January and February this year when the report was done and left with a very different viewpoint, I wanted to try and combine both the positive and negative aspects of the industry and look towards progressive steps given in response by much of the trade in both the UK and South Africa in moving forward. While it is not something that can be sorted over-night it seems that there are real practical steps that can be taken both by importers, the South African trade and government to improve things quickly. While my article only touches on this I hope it can help go towards encouraging people in the trade to do their bit. In a small way we are all responsible and we must ensure that we are all importing from sustainable and ethical sources. The article will be put up on the website within the next couple of weeks.
Until then enjoy the long dark nights and the deep rich wines and if you are on the look out for some Italian wines, please let us know and we will do our best to help.