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16/07/2010

BYOB comes to London

Having usually been allowed to bring a special bottle of wine if I so chose to a nice restaurant as long as I was willing to pay a corkage fee, it was not until recently that it occurred to me that this could be considered a privilege and not a right. It was not actually until my first day at Uvinum that I learned that this was not a common practice in Spain, and since then I have noticed the...

13/07/2010

Uvinum Closes 300.000€ Round of Funding

Uvinum  just closed an investment round of € 300,000 thanks to important business angels. This investment will allow Uvinum to continue its plans for growth both in Spain and abroad in the major markets in the world of wine.

The investors include Luis Martin Cabiedes (Business Angel), Jaime Jimenez (VP Marketing & Sales of Softonic), Grupo Intercom, Tomás Diago (Founder...

12/07/2010

Cheers to Spain!

Bottles of cava were popped all over Spain last night to celebrate  the winners of the 2010 World Cup, echoing the fireworks, horns, and shouts that could be heard until late in the night. If you want to join in the spirit you can salute the Spanish team with a glass of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva.

 

However, if you are Dutch, you might well be contemplating what kind of wine goes well with...

9/07/2010

Who Tastes the Wine?

Ordering wine in a restaurant apparently not only creates confusion for the diner (which region? varietal? price? does it go with fish?), but also the sommelier. There's already been some discussion as to which person at the table should receive the wine list, but now a new debate is emerging thanks to Eric Asimov's recent article in the New York Times. The question now is, do you want the...

6/07/2010

A New Way to Ship Wine

As a testament to the chateau's commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, 20,000 bottles of Smith Haut Lafitte are due to begin their journey from Bordeaux to Montreal on July 21 not by the usual container ship, but by a 106 year old British sailing ship called Bessie Ellen. Bessie Ellen will take the bottles on a slower and more expensive path than usual, but the owner and shipping company...

25/06/2010

The Arrival of Wine-in-a-glass

The introduction at Marks & Spencer of Le Froglet's Wine-in-a-glass, an individual serving of either Chardonnay, Rosé, or Shiraz in a covered plastic glass has spurred a great deal of online discussion. Part of the story is the owner of the idea, Mr. James Nash, had his vision unkindly shot down by the BBC's Dragon's Den panel, who have been evidentially been proven wrong as Marks & Spencer...

25/06/2010

French wine to become the Coke of the wine world?

France has been slipping for a while from it's lofty seat at the top of the wine world  due to increased competition across the globe but also internal problems such as inconsistent quality standards, lack of government support, and the recent move among younger generations away from wine to beer and spirits. Yet the country's wine reputation still stems from having some of the world's top...

25/06/2010

I’d Like to Introduce Myself...

My name is Lauren Dickinson, and I’ve recently joined Uvinum to help out with the US and UK markets where the site’s presence is developing very quickly.

Although I currently live in Barcelona, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in the wine industry there for several years before moving to Europe last August.  I am happy to be working with my passion for wine here again, now...

8/06/2010

How to read a wine label

In a bottle of wine there is much information to decode. The wine label is one of the most important since, along with the back label, the bottle type, the capsule and the cap, it's like a car registration or trademark. With it, besides enjoying its design (and commercial hallmark), you can find out the most important elements of wine: grape/s, the winemaker or winery and vintage.

Grape,...

15/03/2010

Uvinum USA is online!

And TechCrunch talks about us: Social wine site Uvinum uncorks in the US

Just last week, Uvinum a Spanish grown social wine recommendation portal took their first step into the English speaking market with the launch of the UK version.

Today Uvinum uncorks in the US, in a further effort to reach into mature ecommerce markets as part of their very quick, international expansion...

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