May 2017

UK AGORA – The Drinks Business

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BERRY’S CEO: BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR NOT DEAD, IT’S EXCITING During an interview with the drinks business on 26 April, just after the first wines of the campaign were being released, Jago said that it was wrong to think that the process of purchasing Bordeaux in barrel no longer offered appeal – even if the world’s most famous claret critic, Robert Parker,told db two years ago “that the en primeurs market – except in a great, great vintage – is largely moribund.” Indeed, Jago said to db following the rapid take-up of 2016’s releases in the last few weeks, “Despite what a number of critics have said about primeurs being dead, our customers still love the process of buying en primeur, and that’s because there’s an excitement in it, there’s a pleasure in it.” Explaining further his belief, he continued, “When the wine arrives in [Berry’s warehouse in] Basingstoke you suddenly realise you own this wine, and then...

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FINE WINE INVESTMENT: BORDEAUX RISING

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Adherents of the diversification approach to wine investment will be heartened to learn that another fine wine index is about to break out into all-time high ground. The Liv-ex 50 (very narrow) and the Liv-ex 100 (quite narrow) are both still well off their highs of June 2011. Other indices expressing price performance of wines from other regions have been motoring into higher territory for some time, but now we have the Bordeaux 500 a mere whisker below its 2011 high. For the purposes of clarity, the Bordeaux 500 differs from the ‘100’ not just in terms of its breadth of composition, by producer, but also, crucially in Amphora’s view, by vintage. The Liv-ex 100 is really a measurement of on-vintage performance. Most of the Left Bank wines, for example, come from 2000, 2005, 2009 or 2010, although there is an occasional nod to 2003 and, in the case of one or...

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FINE WINE INVESTMENT: DON’T FEAR THE DIP

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It was very gratifying last month to see Rhône lead the way in the Liv-ex 1000 after Amphora Portfolio Management had been trumpeting the wine investment attractions of the ‘La La’ sorority recently. The Champagne sector also outperformed Bordeaux, in fact over a 12 month period Champagne is the second best performing sector behind Burgundy, fully justifying exposure in a diversified portfolio. Meanwhile we have oil prices rising, gold prices falling, the FTSE breaking into all time high ground, and talk of interest rates rising. Que pasa? Well despite all the global political noise going on at present, economies are actually doing perfectly well thank you, and when economies do well and people feel quite flush, they don’t buy gold. What they do do is buy fine wine, among a variety of other luxury goods. A lot of people see fine wine as a store of wealth, rather as they view gold. The...

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Wembley Pays Tribute to AFC Wimbledon’s Playoff Triumph

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the new Wembley, the FA have lit up the stadium in the colours of every team who has played at the venue since its reopening in 2007. Of course, Neal Ardley’s men won the League 2 play-off trophy in the final domestic game of 2015/16 and that meant that the famous stadium temporarily turned blue and yellow with a tribute to the Dons. Read more at http://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/wembley-is-blue-and-yellow-3720509.aspx#oxZjTfddyzBJSLCs.99  ...

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“China in general don’t like Champagne. They like to have Champagne at parties though”

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BOLLINGER: CHINA, THE MOST DIFFICULT MARKET IN ASIA While Asia has been contributing impressive growth to Champagne Bollinger’s exports, China, the region’s economic powerhouse, still remains “the most difficult market” in the region for the Champagne house, says its export area manager. “The customers in China in general don’t like Champagne. They like to have Champagne at parties though. But they don’t like drinking Champagne,” commented Bastien Mariani, Bollinger’s export area manager, when speaking todbHK at the launch of its latest 2007 vintage of ‘La Grande Année’. “Today I would say 85-90% of the Champagne consumption in the country is done at night clubs, and Bollinger is not positioned in this part of the business” Champagne’s total exports to China in 2016 remained virtually flat in terms of volume (0.2% increase) compared to last year with 1.3 million bottles exported. Its export value dropped by 3.6% year-on-year to €20.7 million in 2016 based onfigures...

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International Wine and Spirits Fair London

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  15,000 wine professionals will journey to London to be immersed in the world of wine, to sample across the continents and take part in the tastings & masterclasses." The International Wine and Spirits Fair kicks off in London this month. If you haven't done so already, sign up to enjoy a fantastic day out sampling some of the best wines the world has to offer. Click here to sign up.      ...

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Why we love Wimbledon: Disability league launched

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Great turn-out for Foundation event AFC Wimbledon Foundation are aiming to make a new league for people with disabilities bigger and better after yesterday’s successful launch. Held in conjunction with Tooting & Mitcham FC, the new Inclusive Football Adult League (for 16-plus years) attracted 70 people with 11 teams taking part. They included the Fulham Foundation Down Syndrome team (DS Badgers) and the event was attended by footballers from the women’s Great Britain Deaflympics football squad. Emma O'Connor, Sports Development Officer at AFC Wimbledon Foundation, said: “We are going to be running the Inclusive Adult League once a month and we had 11 teams from all around South London at yesterday’s first one. We had three different leagues based on abilities. The best thing was that half the teams were not actually from football clubs, including St George’s NHS Unit. “I always think that football clubs can do more and we hope this will continually grow during...

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The Princes Trust

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At UK Agora we pride ourselves on working with our local community. We do a lot work with many good organisations such as AFC Wembley who help inner-city kids into football. Keeping kids off the street and entertained is not an easy task. The work they have done within their local community is outstanding. Earlier this year we arranged a David Vs Goliath friendly football match, AFC Wembley's U14's Vs AFC Wimbledon's U14's. AFC Wembley done exceptionally well to win the match. This game led to AFC Wimbledon signing several players from AFC Wembley. A fantastic opportunity for these young men to progress with their football careers. We believe in this day and age, young people need as much help as they can receive. No charity stands out more that The Princes Trust when it comes to helping young people. Since the 1970's they have helped thousands of young people throughout the UK. We are...

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Sponsorship Game With AFC Wimbledon

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As Official Hospitality Sponsors we are given the privilege of partaking in AFC Wimbledon's end of season sponsorship game. It was played against Sports Interactive, the makers of Football Manager and AFC Wimbledon's kit sponsor. Gary Graham represented UK Agora in what turned out to be a very exiting game of football. It finished 4-3 to Sports Interactive, a score which represents just how close and exciting the game was. UK Agora's Gary joined midfield and played alongside current AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley. After the game Gary said: "The quality that the manager (Neal Ardley) had was unbelievable. It's easy to see that he was a pro. I believe he could still compete at a high level"....

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