Look out for launches at LWF

30 May, 2014

Veuve Clicquot Champagne is making its first stand-alone appearance at next week’s London Wine Fair at Olympia with an Airstream trailer.

The vehicle, which was built in 1946, will set up in the centre of the fair on June 2 and show wines including the house’s signature Yellow Label, Rosé and Vintage 2004.

Guy Anderson Wines will also be sparkling at the LWF with the launch of Poquito Moscato.

The 5% abv fizz is made in Valencia and comes in a 37.5cl crown-cap bottle (rrp £2.99). It has already been a hit outside the UK, especially in the US, Canada and the Netherlands.

Domaines Paul Mas is also releasing a bubbly – Côte Mas Piquepoul Frisant 2012. The wine is made using the tank, or Charmat, method.

Free Run Wines is introducing new partner Selaks, which has teamed up with the agency to release a range of 9% abv wines from New Zealand called Breeze, which are naturally lower in alcohol. Free Run is also launching two new Zinfandels – Big Zin from Italy and Ultimate Zin from California.

Negociants is launching Victoria Park, a set of mainly varietal wines sourced from sustainable vineyards in South Australia and targeted at independents and the on-trade, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz/Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is also releasing a new premium cool-climate Chardonnay from Hill-Smith Estate in Adelaide Hills and an Eden Valley Roussanne from Yalumba.

Beyond wine, Lincolnshire brewer Batemans is trialling 3.9% abv bottled beer Batemans Gold, brewed with pale malt and American Chinook and Cascade hops.

And Somerset cider company Sheppys is teaming up with Devon cheese company Quickes to show its ciders matched with cheeses.

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