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My Top 5 Wines

My Top 5 Wines

“If I had a pound for every time I have been asked that question…” This old saying, as it related to every wine merchant, is always directed at the question: “What is the best wine you have tasted?” Normally, if I want to impress, I would arrogantly answer, “Oh, that’s easy: it’s the ’82 Mouton … Continued


Rum and The Future

Rum and The Future

Year after year, pronouncements from various industry magazines and merchants suggest Rum, as a category, has a bright future as the “Next Big Thing.” But, it has always struggle to gain purchase on consumers, so the question is: “why?” In an article in Imbibe last year, Nate Brown suggests that rum suffers from an identity … Continued


Should we care about who makes the wine we drink?

Should we care about who makes the wine we drink?

One of the main reasons anyone falls in love with wine (as opposed to regularly downs a bottle or two– there is a difference) is its diversity and its ability to stimulate thought and emotion, but in common with all agricultural products, that diversity is diminishing in an age of mass production. With the level … Continued


2019: The Year of Zero Alcohol?

2019: The Year of Zero Alcohol?

As January begins, the excesses of the festive season come clearly into view: the morning after the night before, when a detox from all the rich food and booze seeming like the only corrective. “Dry January,” the movement of abstaining from alcohol for the entire first month of the year, has grown in popularity over … Continued


Crafting Up A Storm

Crafting Up A Storm

There has been plenty of talk surrounding the craft beer industry, most notably because of brewing giant Heineken’s acquisition of a minority stake in Tottenham-based Beavertown. While many in the industry have turned their backs on this innovative craft brewery – who many would argue has played a key role bolstering the mainstream reputation of craft … Continued


Trends For The Year Ahead

Trends For The Year Ahead

Predicting the future would be a handy talent to have; one that would most likely make you very rich when put to good use! But predicting it is only half the battle; the other is doing something to shape it. Trend spotting is big business in any industry. Part comes from ascertaining the reason why … Continued


Tides Are Turning on the Restaurant Industry

Tides Are Turning on the Restaurant Industry

For two decades the growth in the restaurant sector has been significant, with changes in the way people treat eating out underpinning this. The real winners over this period have been the big chains, with aggressive roll outs driven by a private equity boom leading to a significant growth in their market share. The last 18 … Continued


Changing Names: Introducing Jeroboams Trade

Changing Names: Introducing Jeroboams Trade

I have now been working in the UK wine trade for twenty years and for the last fourteen of those I have worked for ‘Laytons Wine Merchants’. On the 1st of March 2018, myself and my team join with our sister company Jeroboams to become ‘Jeroboams Trade’. In fact, ‘join’ is the wrong word, since … Continued


Jeroboams Win Small Chain of the Year at Drinks Retailing Awards 2018

Jeroboams Win Small Chain of the Year at Drinks Retailing Awards 2018

We are pleased to announce that Jeroboams have walked home winners of the Small Chain of the Year category at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2018! The DRAs are the drinks trade’s biggest annual highlight, bringing together the leading lights in retail and rewarding the greatest innovators. Competition was fierce as the awards received a record … Continued


Independent Wine Retailers March On

Independent Wine Retailers March On

Given that the UK is looking at economic challenges, that millennials are rumoured not to drink nearly as much as us baby boomers, that Sterling weakness and widespread climactic problems are pushing up prices, that margins are being challenged by consolidation and buying power in the trade, WHY is it that there are so many … Continued