Get It On 2016
of Germany Get it On competition was launched in 2014 to help wineries looking
to get their wine on to UK wine lists and shelves.
In September 2016, over 40 wine producers registered to have their wines tasted blind by a panel of German wine specialists and ambassadors – Anne Krebiehl MW, Matt Walls, Helena Nicklin, Christina Schneider, Roger Jones, and Beth Willard. Here the judges selected their top wineries to be showcased at the main showcase tasting later in the year.
At this tasting, we welcomed members of the UK wine trade - including key importers, influential sommeliers, and wine press - to taste a selection of currently unrepresented German wines at a tasting at the Darren Baker Gallery in London.
Wines ranged from the German classics - Riesling and Spätburgunder - to those less common in the UK market such as Silvaner, Weißburgunder, Lemberger, Grauburgunder, and Sekt, and attendees were impressed with the modern style and diversity on show.
Since the tasting, several attendees have been in touch to let us know they are contacting wineries directly, and we wait in anticipation to see which producers will be snapped up for the UK next!
saw the debut of our colourful new stand, inspired by Berlin Wall graffiti, at
six key food and drink festivals held all over the UK. We started our tour with
the lovely people of Brighton in April and made our final stop only weeks ago
at Truman Brewery Foodies Festival in London. Throughout the summer, we’ve been
dishing out samples of delicious Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and Sekt to interested
consumers in all corners of the UK. Watch this space for where we’re headed in
Where did we visit in 2016?
Brighton Foodie Festival 30th April - 2nd May
Birmingham Foodie Festival 3rd - 5th June
Taste of London 15th - 19th June
Edinburgh Foodie Festival 5th - 7th August
Harrogate Foodie Festival 19th - 21st August
Truman Brewery Foodie Festival 18th - 20th November
The Drinks Business Riesling Masters 2015 was judged by a panel of top critics who blind tasted Rieslings from around the world. As expected the German offerings excelled with 3 masters, 9 Gold, 14 Silver and 15 bronze medals awarded, an impressive 41 medals total. Go Germany!
Well done to our friend Matt Walls who won the coveted title of IWSC Blogger of the Year award at last week's ceremonies for his work on http://www.mattwalls.co.uk.
Matt started his career at St Martin Vintners, a small independent merchant in Brighton. After a number of years with Bollinger Champagne as Fine Wines Manager, he set up, managed and helped buy the wines for the flagship store of The Sampler. He holds the WSET Diploma (with Moët et Chandon Scholarship) and is a judge for the International Wine & Spirit Competition, the International Wine Challenge and Decanter. His first book Drink Me! How to choose, taste and enjoy wine was published in May 2012 by Quadrille.
He is currently working as a freelance writer and wine consultant. Regular writing includes www.timatkin.com and Living France. He writes on a freelance basis for other publications such as Harpers Wine & Spirit, Decanter, Imbibe and Tonique. Other projects include hosting tastings, freelance copywriting, creating restaurant wine lists and running the Wine Bloggers Cup.
Congratulations on this very well-deserved win, Matt!
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference which focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. All wines are tasted blind by a panel of top critics and this year, German wines scooped an impressive 27 medals made up of 7 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze and 5 commended. Go Germany!
For wine information and tasting notes, click here: http://bit.ly/1Fe0AeO