Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Keep calm and bolster your portfolio with fine wine

Twelve months on from the UK Referendum vote and we are back at the centre of another political maelstrom. The Brexit affect has of course been sat firmly on the dashboard since June 2016, whether driving a political agenda, a business plan or a household budget. But who would have thought even a month ago […]


Gold rush for ‘safe haven’ – fine wine offers comparative option for investors

Gold’s month on month performance has dropped off for the first time this year following first quarter sustained demand, most likely as a response to the falling US dollar, concerns over rising inflation and an increasingly tense geopolitical scene. Gold’s spot price today stands at $1,288, up 8.5% year to date in Sterling. ETF Securities […]


2016 tipped an ‘exceptional vintage’ by first critic to score

James Suckling is the first top wine critic to publish his En Primeur scores of the 2016 vintage. Always one of the earliest to set out his stall for the latest Bordeaux vintage, his overall view is that “2016 is an exceptional vintage, equal to the exquisite 2015”. Suckling may well be using this platform to position himself as Parker’s successor as the wine world focuses on Bordeaux at this time of year.


Bordeaux 2016: early insight to the soon-to-be-launched Bordeaux vintage

With two weeks to go, Bordeaux will be gearing up for the arrival of the world’s merchants, press and critics to have the first opportunity to taste the soon-to-be released 2016 vintage. Those who have dared to put their heads above the parapet are making positive noises, most notably Philippe Dhalluin, MD Chateau Mouton Rothschild, is quoted as saying of 2016 – “is clearly an excellent vintage”.