Riscal ditches Barwell & Jones for Conviviality

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One of Rioja’s most famous names, Marques de Riscal, has joined the burgeoning Conviviality stable, leaving Barwell & Jones after just 18 months.

Marques de Riscal Bodega_Quim Roser (60) 1A source at the company told Imbibe that the wines will be distributed by Matthew Clark in the on-trade and Walker Wodehouse in the off-trade ‘with immediate effect’.

The move marks the end of a turbulent couple of years for the winery in the UK. Riscal left Enotria in 2016 for Barwell & Jones, but has called time on that relationship less than two years after signing up to it.

Conviviality’s Spain buyer, Jamie Avenell, told Imbibe he was ‘delighted’ to welcome Marques de Riscal to the group’s portfolio and to begin working with their ‘excellent range’.

‘This partnership further strengthens our Rioja offering, and offers Marques de Riscal the opportunity to further develop their business in the on-trade and with Independent merchants,’ he added.

Founded in 1858, Marques de Riscal is one of Rioja’s oldest wineries, famous for its reservas, its ‘super-reserva’ Baron de Chirel and its Frank Gehry designed hotel in Elciego.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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