Tom Ashworth

  1. Yapp Brothers on the move
    Posted On: January 25th, 2024

    Yapp Brothers on the move

    Yapp Brothers is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in its 55-year history. Established in 1969, the company will shortly be moving to new premises after five decades in Wiltshire.   For half a century, Yapp Brothers has called Mere its home, initially operating out of Robin Yapp’s garage before moving to picturesque Victorian warehouses […]
  2. Investing in Wine - Part 2
    Posted On: November 14th, 2022

    Investing in Wine - Part 2

    The second post in our series about investing in wines focuses on some key considerations.   Part 1 listed five reasons why you might want to invest. We also recorded a 20-minute podcast on the subject of wine investment highlighting some 'dos and don'ts', which you can listen to here. 1. The wine market is […]
  3. Investing in Wine - Part 1
    Posted On: November 11th, 2022

    Investing in Wine - Part 1

    Five reasons for investing in wine. Fine wine prices have tended to perform well in periods of uncertainty and high interest rates - quickly shrugging off dips after both the financial crash in 2008 and the covid-19 stock market reverse in 2020. In July 2022, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index (the industry benchmark for […]
  4. Food and Wine Matching – September 2022
    Posted On: September 1st, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2022

    Corsican pork chops - Cotelettes de porc Corse Slow-cooking is the key to this delicious pork chop dish that appears in Nicolas Stromboni's evocative 'Corsica: The Recipes' (Smith Street Books, 2016). Overnight in the simmering oven of an Aga does the job or, alternatively, 8 hours at around 80 degrees C. in a conventional cooker. […]
  5. Fine Wine facts, figures and futures
    Posted On: April 15th, 2019

    Fine Wine facts, figures and futures

    Sotheby’s 3-day auction in Hong Kong at the end of March smashed the record for a private owner collection, achieving sales of $30m. It got close to reaching the heights of last June’s auction in Geneva of the legendary Burgundian winemaker Henri Jayer’s cellar ($35m). The leading lot in Hong Kong was a 12-bottle case […]
  6. Bulletin on the 2017 and 2018 vintages - and what's drinking well now.
    Posted On: August 17th, 2018

    Bulletin on the 2017 and 2018 vintages - and what's drinking well now.

    "Savvy Rhône fans whose tendency is to drink reds on the young side will find plenty to like in 2014, a vintage that bears comparison, stylistically, to 2012 and 2006 in the opinion of many of the producers that I visited." Josh Raynolds - vinous.com 2017 was the smallest harvest in France since 1945. Hail, […]
  7. Rhône 2016-17: Field Work
    Posted On: October 25th, 2017

    Rhône 2016-17: Field Work

    Field work is invaluable. A two-day visit to the Rhône valley last week reminded me of this fact. Sure, we knew that the 2016 vintage had been excellent in the Southern Rhône, potentially surpassing the ubiquitously good 2015, but what about in the North and the 2017 vintage for that matter?     Our first […]
  8. International Wine Challenge Awards 2017
    Posted On: July 10th, 2017

    International Wine Challenge Awards 2017

    The UK's annual wine equivalent of the BAFTAs took place on a sweltering evening last Thursday (6th July). With the temperature more suited to flip flops and shorts than black tie, a thousand or so wine industry brethren and sistren congregated at Park Lane's Hilton hotel to find out if they had picked up a […]
  9. Food and Wine Matching – March 2017
    Posted On: March 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – March 2017

    When in need of culinary inspiration, I regularly find myself turning to Elizabeth David's range of cookery books handed down to me by my late father (each inscribed by him with the foreboding words 'Not to be removed from Maison Ashworth'). Whether this meant his house, or it's a supernatural warning from the other side, […]
  10. What price an acre of arable land?
    Posted On: January 25th, 2017

    What price an acre of arable land?

    I don't think my farming friends quite believe me when I say that agricultural land in France can change hands for £2m per acre, but it is certainly now the case. Champagne and Bordeaux are well used to wine estates under the ownership of large corporations but, in recent years, several transactions in the more […]

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