The British Bottle Company Newsletter No 3, December 2015
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Welcome to the British Bottle Company newsletter. Building on our strong momentum of 2015 we're delighted to be able to announce several new partnerships around the world for our beer, wine, cider and spirit portfolio. To support this activity, we've been to key export markets including the USA and Japan to strengthen our network and introduce the best of British drinks to specialists in each category. Meanwhile, we've worked with our advisory board to introduce a number of new suppliers to a range that undoubtedly features some of Britain's most dynamic drinks producers. The arrival of Gabriel Stone, former editor of The Drinks Business magazine, as Business Development Manager will enable us to accelerate this progress as she brings with her a deep understanding of the drinks market and a network of global contacts. Meanwhile the recent acquisition of our own Movement Guarantee combines with our existing unrestricted Warehouse Keeper's Licence to make the British Bottle Company a flexible, cost effective option for both producers and importers.  We kick off 2016 with three weeks in Australia and we are looking forward to growing our global business in 2016. As ever, please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of our business or to receive an up to date catalogue. Thanks to all our partners, suppliers and friends for your continued support and we wish you a very happy holiday season with the best British drinks!

Red and the BBC team

English fizz hits the mark
English sparkling wine enjoyed an exciting international boost with exceptionally positive reviews from Wine Enthusiast, the magazine's first major assessment of this category. The British Bottle Company portfolio wines included 94 point ratings for Hattingley Valley's 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Bolney's 2009 Blanc de Blancs and Ridgeview's 2009 South Ridge Cuvée Merret Brut. See full scores and tasting notes here. Click Here to View
Export success stories
The British Bottle Company is delighted to report a host of new partnerships around the world. The last few months alone have seen a selection of England's finest fizz go to importer Mottox in Osaka, Japan, while Once Upon A Tree and Henney's are flying the flag for cider through Wine Styles in Tokyo. On the spirits front, Pinkster Gin is now available in Australia and Adnam's excellent gin and vodka range is shortly to hit the shelves of SAQ in Canada.
DB editor joins BBC 
Gabriel Stone, editor of The Drinks Business magazine and former President of the Oxford University Wine Circle, has joined the British Bottle Company to support its expansion into new markets. Her new role includes developing relationships with import partners and working with suppliers to enhance their brand propositions for export. Contact Gabby at
New arrival
We are delighted to introduce Ogilvy Vodka to our portfolio of top class British spirits. This fourth generation family farm in Scotland has diversified its potato business with astonishing success, with this truly boutique craft vodka winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Spirits Competition and the IWSC's 'World's Best Vodka' Trophy.
Awards success
Congratulations to the many British Bottle Company producers celebrating major accolades this year. There were Gold medals for Adnams' Copper House Barley Vodka at the ISC and for Brighton Bier at the IBC. Meanwhile the IWSC gave Silver Outstanding medals to several expressions from Chapel Down and Ridgeview.
Chinese rush on British beer
We were innundated with requests for IPA from China after President Xi Jinping was filmed drinking Greene King IPA on a visit to the pub with Prime Minister David Cameron during his recent visit to Britain. English wine also enjoyed the spotlight at a state banquet hosted by the Queen, where President Xi was served Ridgeview Grosvenor 2009, available through the British Bottle Company. Watch the Video
British drinks hit the mark in Japan
The British Bottle Company flew the flag for English cider as founder Red Johnson joined importer Wine Styles for the official Japanese launch of Once Upon A Tree and Henney's at the annual Hangkyu Department Store British Fair. Following the week-long event he also met the British Ambassador, the head of the British Chamber of Commerce and even London Mayor Boris Johnson to discuss promotion of British drinks brands in Japan in 2016.
Cool Climate Symposium
The British Bottle Company will be attending the International Cool Climate Symposium 2016. Experts including Jancis Robinson MW, Dominique Demarville of Veuve Clicquot and Professor of Economics Kym Anderson from Adelaide University will share expertise on everything from the latest viticultural research to commercial opportunities for cool climate wines. The event also offers a perfect showcase for England's own booming wine industry, with many producers welcoming guests and hosting dinners. For more detail visit

International press
The growing export demand for British drinks is being further fuelled by some positive coverage in a number of respected international publications – and not just the wine press. US Vogue tracked the rise of English wine, capturing the enthusiasm of New York sommeliers who find its style "like Champagne in character, but with fresher acidity and more vibrant fruit." Read the full article here.
What's on your harvest playlist?
World famous DJ Danny Rampling and wife Ilona turned their talents to helping out grape pickers at English winery Kingscote Estate near their home in Sussex. The experience inspired them to compile a 'Harvest Playlist', featuring hits including Hotel California by The Eagles, Superfly by Curtis Mayfield, Body & Soul by Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett, Moonsmith by Cantoma and Sweetest Thing by U2. Recreate the mood for yourself here.
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