Philip Day discusses Ridgeview English Sparkling Wines. Ridgeview, located in the South Downs of England is a family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine derived from classic varieties, employing traditional methods.
Minervois AOC is a fairly recent French wine appellation that relate to distinctive red wines produced in the western Languedoc region of France. Officially granted in 1985, the Minervois appellation has, since then, overseen a dramatic change in the quality of its the local wines that have gained significant praise from critics both in France and abroad. As with many French appellations, this increase in quality has been as a result of significant investment in winery equipment and improved vineyard management and viticultural practices.
Philip Day discusses Henschke: Hill of Grace Shiraz, a fine wine from the Eden Valley region, located in the Barossa, South Australia. The company has an impressive 147 year history, remains under the control of the founding family and dates back almost as far as Australian viticulture itself.
Over the past five years, sales of Gin have increased dramatically in many of the fashionable watering holes and clubs frequented by well-known celebrities in London and other ‘on-trend’ cities and venues throughout Europe. Initially fuelled by the multinational prestige brands hoping to generate a similar success story they had achieved with vodka sales and other reputable cocktail spirits in their individual brand portfolios, the top end of the market is now dominated by a number of small, niche brands of such high quality that the number of discerning gin connoisseurs prepared to pay a premium for a satisfying taste experience has led to a revival of Gin’s fortunes.