Real estate, alternative real assets and other diversions


Latest Article

The wine market is slow – but stirring

Burgundy continues its slide, but Bordeaux might be coming into its own. In the same way the media in March was completely dominated by Brexit, so was the wine market. Instead of squabbling and jostling for position, however, the main players in the House of Wine continued to sit on their hands.  UK merchants remain, unsurprisingly, risk averse; some are just not buying anything for stock, so the market has continued to ease. The good news is that this easing is a result of apathy rather... Read More >

Recent Articles:

Is the 2018 Bordeaux a classic?
The wine world’s spin doctors are up to their usual hype. But last year’s weather has made for a fascinating vintage. It’s that time of year again, when the latest claret vintage roars into view. There is the usual trumpeting, words Read More >
Let’s talk about homegrown sparkling wine
The Property Chronicle speaks to Jim Nolan, CEO and founder of Black Dog Hill Operating since 2007, Black Dog Hill is a family-run vineyard in Ditchling, Sussex. The Nolan family didn’t have to travel far to find one of the world’s Read More >
The February 2019 Market Report
February was a relatively quiet month for the wine market. The month started with the Chinese New Year celebrations which meant Asia was quiet and it also contained a European half term break. Sentiment towards Brexit turned, meaning GBP Read More >
Wine market report Q4 and review of 2018 The wine market performance during 2018
In a year, and particularly the last quarter of great uncertainty, the wine market has proved to be a place of great refuge - the WO 150 increased by 10.3%. The wine market performance during the fourth quarter of 2018 was flat, having been Read More >
What I have been drinking this month… The beer revival
So, at the risk of stating the obvious, it’s not too bad a time to be a beer-drinker, is it? Yes, of course the likes of Watneys Red Barrel, Worthington ‘E’, and Ind Coope Double Diamond have been safely consigned to the archives for Read More >
Alsace – a hidden gem One of France’s most under-rated regions (not just for wine)
Every so often, the UK’s wine-writers are known to take a road to rebuke, whereby the drinker comes under fire for supporting/ignoring (delete as applicable) a certain type of wine that said hacks deem unacceptable. For example, the most Read More >
An Insider’s Guide to Wine Investment Last year, wine was the best-performing of all passion asset classes
To the uninitiated, wine might seem a relatively high-risk investment, but the data tells a different story. Long-term returns from wine investment can be very good, in fact. Last year, wine was the best-performing of all passion asset classes. Read More >
‘En Primeur’ claret – the end of the line? There’s no doubt that Bordeaux still remains at the vinous summit
If the title looks vaguely familiar…well, yes, it is indeed exactly the same ‘headline’ as the last article, where we set the scene for the launch of the latest vintage from our friends in the Gironde. One had been prepared to unleash Read More >
Bordeaux’s Own Goal A look back at the 2017 Bordeaux en primeur campaign
Following on from '28 Days Later', this report looks back at the 2017 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, which came to a close at the end of June. For reasons which will become apparent as you read, this article of recommendations is somewhat shorter Read More >
En primeur’ claret – the end of the line? Buy now for a good trade or buy later and pay a bit more
It was just over a month ago that the not inconsiderable bulk of the world’s wine trade descended into the French province of Aquitaine. It’s become an annual migration (more promenade than stampede), as Bordeaux’s most recent vintage, Read More >
28 days later Evaluating the future quality of the 2017 Bordeaux vintage
Four weeks ago, in our first guest post, I was about to head to Bordeaux, with WineOwners.com founder and CEO, Nick Martin. We promised to report back with our views on what’s hot and what’s not. Et voilà… For six days in early April, Read More >
Wine Owners, The Fine Wine Market & En Primeur Purchasing A look into wisely investing in wine
Wine Owners (www.wineowners.com) is doing for wine collectors what the iPod did for music lovers twenty years ago. It immediately simplifies life for those looking to build a wine collection, or to efficiently manage an existing collection. The Read More >
Elegance over power Wine retailers tell of requests for finesse rather than density
Robert Parker. For years, the wine trade was in thrall to this most influential of wine journalists. If you were a ‘vigneron’, his score out of 100 could make or break your bottle; similarly, if you were a merchant, those same points might be Read More >
Styles of Dry Sherry Finding your style of sherry
Now, we’ve got the (potentially dry) production process out of the way we can look at the main styles of true, definitely dry Sherry sometimes referred to as Vinos Generosos.  It’s worth noting that most wines labelled Amontillado and Read More >
Sherry Production Explained The process of making sherry
Following on from last week’s introduction, we’re now going to have a look at how the drink is made. The production of Sherry is fairly technical so what follows is a very simplified version of events, if you can believe it. If you happen Read More >
Sherry, Withnail? Why this year really should be the year of Sherry
For the past several years, without fail, various trade magazines, in partnership with some think-tank or another, have boldly predicted the coming 12 months to be “The Year of Sherry”. They point to Majestic Wine recording a 25% increase in Read More >
Barbarians at the Gate? The latest evolution of the Burgundy region
The red wine that comes from the Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Tart might not be at the top of every Burgundy-lover’s wish-list - that accolade probably belongs to the fabled Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. And if one had to conjure an image that Read More >
6 Nations Tasting Notes An oenological look at the opening weekend's games
Introduction Welcome to my wine column where I’ll be taking a look at all things oenological.  Here, you’ll find information on the latest trends and gadgets, investment advice, the places to visit and how to get the most out of your Read More >

Featuring

Investor's Notebook

Smart people from around the world share their thoughts

Read more >

The Macro View

Recent financial news and how it connects across all asset classes

Read more >

Technology

Fintech, proptech and what it all means

Read more >

Uncorked

A sideways look at the world of wine

Read more >

The Architect

Some of the profession's best minds

Read more >

The Auctioneer

What's going on in the auction world

Read more >

Residential Investor

Making money from residential property investment

Read more >

The Professor

Analysis and opinion from the academic sphere

Read more >

Face to Face

In-depth interviews with leading figures in the property world

Read more >

The Headhunter

Recruitment and career moves

Read more >

The Analyst

Investment themes and trends

Read more >

The History Man

A look back at previous cycles, events, characters

Read more >

The Economist

Money, rates and prices

Read more >

Political Insider

The inside scoop on Washington, Westminster and Whitehall

Read more >

The Agent

Reflections on estate agency, today and in past times

Read more >

Alternative assets

Investing in tangible assets

Read more >

Subscribe to our print magazine now for just £50, saving £25 on your first year's subscription!

SUBSCRIBE

Our Partners