Bibendum takes on 13 European wineries

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Drinks: Wines
Location: Europe
Other: Business

Bibendum, already one of the largest and most influential players in the UK on-trade, has taken on the agency for 13 new wineries, adding over 100 extra wines to its portfolio in the process.

The new arrivals – all from the Old World – include Weingut Johann Baptist Schäfer from the Nahe, Weingut Glatzer from Carnuntum, Château d’Arche from Sauternes and Puglia’s Masseria Li Veli.

The new arrivals mark a continued move towards smaller, often European, wine estates, which has been the company’s stated strategy for several years, and which helped it to win a record number of Gold Medals – and the Merchant of the Year Award at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition.

Simon Jerrome, head of wine buying for Bibendum, said: ‘We’re very excited to be introducing some inspirational new producers to the portfolio, with a fantastic mix of new wines from Bordeaux and Languedoc, to Puglia and Rheinhessen.’

Most of the new wines will be on show at Bibendum’s Autumn tasting, which will take place at Phonica Records in London’s Soho on 12 September, from 14.00-18.00.

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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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