The Southwold Group usually convenes in January; this year was obviously different and we were pleased to finally hold our tasting of the 2017 vintage this week. The panel included no less than six MWs, the buyers of the UK’s leading merchants and Neal Martin of Vinous.com. Our friend Steven Spurrier was much missed.
On the 8th January 2018, Farr Vintners' chairman, Stephen Browett, was made a "Chevalier" of the "Ordre du Mérite Agricole" by the French Ambassador to the UK, M Jean-Pierre Jouyet at a ceremony in London - in recognition of services to the French wine industry. The Order of Merit is second only to the Legion d’Honneur, which is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.
We made it past the magical £150,000 mark and in some style, all thanks to you, our customers. We are very proud to say that Farr Vintners has now raised a staggering £174,300 for Wine Relief, the wine industry’s contribution to Comic Relief. This contribution accounts for nearly half the amount of the total raised by the entire wine trade! In the month of March, we committed to donate £20 for every case of wine that we sold, and on certain wines, we doubled the donation to £40. 7529 cases (£20 donation) and 593 cases (£40 donation) later, March is over and an extremely worthy cause is far better off.
It was with heavy hearts (and heavy bags of wines) that the Hong Kong team plodded round to a nearby Japanese restaurant last week for the farewell dinner of the inimitable Miss Jessica Law who left Farr on Friday 19th after 4 years with the company. True to form our departure was delayed by Jessica deftly juggling last minute customer calls and getting in the final sales order for the day. Once we finally got there drinking the wine certainly helped lighten the bags but it was only the promise of future visits and social calls from Jessica that helped lighten our hearts – well nobody could stay down through any evening that started with Dom Perignon.
With the UK office having claimed the blogging limelight until now, we thought it time the HK office got in on the act and showed that it is not only denizens of 220 Queenstown Road, sybarites the lot of them, who like to enjoy themselves every now and then.