I think many of us would have welcomed more specific answers, or an honest ‘we wish we knew’. But a couple of points relevant to discussions in this Community. They don’t expect to have mailing preferences operational for another 18 months, which seems a very long time. Pierre Mansour said the buyers spend more time on the own label wines than on others. This is disappointing if you want producer-led wines (and if you want to discourage special and non-comparable bottlings).
The wines on tasting were on average slightly better than last year, but members too far from London shouldn’t feel too left out. They were still mainly (8 out of 12) under-£10 wines of which the best the notes could say was ‘perfect for picnics’. They did show, intentionally or not, that moving up in price makes a clear difference: the Corbieres Gr Cuvee Castelmaure and Produttori del Barbaresco were good. It does seem odd that TWS wants to showcase its lower price wines.