Fine wine is now enjoyed by much
wider social groups and age ranges than ever before and there is evidence all
around us that today’s wine consumers are increasingly intellectually and
pleasurably engaged with fine wine. Where in the past, the image of the wine
cellar was of a damp and underground cave hidden away where no one would want
to go or spend time, today the cellar has been transformed into a centre for
entertaining at the heart of the home. It is an asset and a talking point
taking pride of place not only for its capability to store wine perfectly but
for its design and ambience.
While appreciating and enjoying
the aesthetic value of a home cellar can offer great pride and pleasure, the
appeal of keeping wine at home goes beyond having direct access to a place
where you can store and age wines yourself. Imagine sharing the experience of
following your wines maturation process with friends and family, fully
appreciating the enjoyment and the history that can be had when comparing wines
and vintages over many years. A home cellar offers this opportunity as and when
you please, ultimately creating unforgettable experiences.
But if you don’t already have a
dedicated wine cellar, or if you have inherited one of those damp underground
spaces that you would like to transform, where do you start?
AWC Fine Wine’s CEO,
Stephen Williams, has spent the last 25 years advising wine connoisseurs on
developing wine cellars to match their personality and lifestyle and is delighted to share some pointers on how to tackle it.
“Withouttempting fate, rumblings from producers
and Négociants that I am talking to say they are hopeful for some stunning
wines from this year’s harvest - the kind of vintage badly needed in Bordeaux” - AWC Fine Wine Buying Manager, Jim Baxter
Exciting news from our associates
in Bordeaux who announce that we are on the eve of a great vintage, with near
perfect conditions throughout the growing season. May, June and July were among
the hottest on record creating just the right amount of water stress at the
beginning of July to start the ripening process. By early August the véraison
(colour change) was magnificent, with the grapes red by the middle of the
AWC Fine Wine’s CEO, Stephen Williams, recently spoke to Château Margaux who declared that they are “truly delighted with both quantity and quality” of the vintage. They also announced that the harvest for their white grapes started on 3rd September and finished on Tuesday 8th September, while they expect to start picking the reds on the 18th/19th and have their pickers lined up to be in full swing by the 21st.
The potential for
great reds is there, but totally dependent on a few more weeks of good weather.
For sweet white wines, the Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are slowly
coming to maturity, but as with every vintage, botrytis - the essential
fungus called Noble Rot – holds the key. While the grapes may not all in the
basket yet, the outlook is great, so keep your fingers crossed!
With just two days remaining, if you
have not already paid a visit to the prestigious Masterpiece Art Fair, then
there is still the opportunity to be inspired by works of art from a range
of disciplines. The exhibition closes at 9pm on Wednesday 1st July, so be
sure to come by to stand B14 to pay AWC a visit today or tomorrow.
Here is a chance to catch up with
what has been happening.