May 2016

UK AGORA: GOOD LUCK AFC WIMBLEDON

We Would like to wish AFC Wimbledon the best of luck for Monday when they take on Plymouth Argyle in the Sky Bet League Two Playoff Final at Wembley. We are tremendously proud to be the restaurant sponsors of  such a magnificent football club. We will be cheering you on from the stands! Come on you Dons!  ...

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How UK Agora Helped Australian Wine Investors

In 2015 a company named APW Asset Management (which previously traded as Australian Portfolio Wines) went into administration. UK Agora wouldn't normally interfere in such matters. However, it became apparent that a number of clients held investments with the company in question. When it was initially proposed that all ex-APW client's wines would be fire sold, we were naturally concerned. It was decided that the best course of action for our clients was to form their own committee which would argue in favour of the wines being returned to their rightful owners. The committee consisted of UK Agora clients who were also ex-Australian wine investors. This allowed the parties involved to form a platform to gather and exchange information. Their ultimate goal was to take back control of the wines they had purchased. We are pleased to announce that on the 22nd of February a judge ruled in the interests of the clients and set timescales for the wines to...

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UK Agora: What it means to be a client, exciting times and the joy of owning 100 point wines.

Investing in fine wines has never been more profitable. The market has had its best start since 2008 and some analysts believe we are heading towards a record breaking year in terms of investor returns. It is an equally exciting time to be a client of UK Agora. We have heavily invested as a company to ensure we can continue to maintain the high level of service our client's have come to expect. We will be moving to larger premises shortly where we can continue to expand our operations in all departments. Members of UK Agora’s Trade Department will continue to expand our trade network on home soil as well as abroad. Our work with AFC Wimbledon is one of the more exciting trade developments. Since our affiliation,  AFC Wimbledon have begun an incredible push for promotion which has been a pleasure to watch unfold. As restaurant sponsors, one of our responsibilities will be...

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PARKER’S ‘CULT’ 100-POINT BORDEAUX

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As Robert Parker relinquishes Bordeaux tasting at The Wine Advocate to Neal Martin, does an even greater cult following beckon for his ‘perfect’ 100-point clarets? Arguably there are already those who buy solely on the basis of a price or a score and the ‘perfect’ 100-points from Parker carried vastly more weight than any other, particularly if given to Napa or Bordeaux. But with Parker increasingly retreating from official tasting duties at The Wine Advocate so the number of his scores is shrinking and the amount of 100-pointers becomes increasingly concrete and finite. From 1982 onwards Parker has given 94 Bordeaux wines his top score and, barring the occasional addition, they are now the sum of ‘perfect’ Parker clarets. His handing over of en primeur duties to Martin last February already marked the end of an era of a sort but he retained in-bottle tasting duties; shortly followed up by reports on the 2012 and 2005...

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Bloomberg: Haut Bailly’s Wilmers Says `Sun’s Come Out’ for Bordeaux 2015

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The quality of the 2015 vintage being presented to merchants over the past month makes it feel like the “the sun’s come out” for the Bordeaux region, according to Robert Wilmers, M&T Bank Corp. chairman and chief executive officer and owner of Chateau Haut Bailly, a grand cru classe wine estate south of the city. “It’s a pleasure for the psyche,” the U.S. financier said in an interview April 4 in the salon of his nineteenth-century chateau overlooking vines, which were just starting to bud. The estate, which he bought 18 years ago, lies on sandy-gravel slopes just outside the town of Leognan, part of the Pessac-Leognan appellation. While Wilmers said recent years have been good for Haut Bailly, Bordeaux more generally has had a run of less successful vintages, particularly from 2011 to 2013 when prices fell as demand for first growths waned. The London-based Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index has...

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