Month: June 2015

Wine Merchant Top 100 Wines

The Wine Merchant recently announced it’s top 100 wines for 2015.

The Wine Merchant competition is not like other wine competitions. The competition is devoted to wines in available in independent wine shops (just like ours). The wines are entered and judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers. There are no large supermarkets, specialist chains or major online retailers vying for their wines to feature. To win, wines have to be more than good, or even excellent. They have to be wines that independent retailers would be proud to offer for sale.

This year a total of 430 wines were entered for judging in 5 categories. With a total of 16 judges, two main tasting rounds followed by a final tasting by the judging chairman and senior judges plus final checks to ensure the winning wines are genuinely independent-focused and available in the UK, the judging is a fastidious process.

The top 100 wines were split across the following categories:

  • Sparkling Wines – 7
  • White Wines – 33
  • Red Wines – 54
  • Rose Wines – 2
  • Fortified and Dessert Wines – 4

We are extremely proud that out of the top 7 champagnes selected – our Deutz Brut Classic Champagne Non Vintage is included!

The Deutz Brut Classic is an elegant Champagne, which has made Deutz one of the most respected of all Champagne houses. The non-vintage Champagne is matured according to traditional methods from a blend of several vintages from twenty of the best crus until it reaches a perfect balance of flavor. All in all, a fantastic Champagne and well deserving of a place in the top 100!

Booze Cruise Anyone?

It appears that the traditional cross-Channel booze cruise to Calais is making a come back.

The popularity of booze cruises grew steadily throughout the 1980s and 1990s. A perfect storm of cut-price ferry tickets, the opening of the Channel Tunnel, a strong pound, low duty and the removal of limits on the amount of alcohol that could be purchased fueled the rush to Calais. Many of the major supermarkets and wine sellers even had their own bases in Calais to meet demand.

Following on from the global financial crisis, the slump in the exchange rate combined with the increasing competitivity of supermarkets in the UK, meant that the day trips waned in popularity. Even if the ticket price for alcohol was still cheaper across the water, it was no longer economical to make the trip.

However, the recent weakening of the euro against the pound and lower taxes in France mean that filling up your car in France may now be more profitable. The exchange rate is currently around £1 to €1.40. So currently a €5 bottle of wine would cost £3.55. The same €5 bottle would have cost £4.27 in May 2013.

According to Caxton FX there has been a 56% increase over the last two years of Britons buying goods in French Carrefour Supermarkets. The Calais Wine Superstore has reported a 15-20% year-on-year rise in sales which the owner puts down to dedicated shopping trips.

However, if it seems like too much hard work to trek over to France to find good quality wine, please check out our selection of fine wines, which will be delivered direct to your door!

The image is of the iconic P&O ferry, the Pride of Canterbury, by Fabian318 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons