All testimonials have been reproduced with express permission from the b.f.t. 2010.
"It was BRILLIANT."
"Great idea! I wouldn't have been able to taste nearly as many wines without it."
Jancis Robinson on the Tasting Salon.
"What a great idea the bft was."
Steven Spurrier, Decanter.
"Congratulations on a tremendous event yesterday. If that effort didn't put the fortified category back on the map for everyone who attended, then I don't know what would!"
Regan Schwartz, Market Development Manager, Wine Australia
"The b.f.t. was a breath of fresh air as a successful, well-attended trade and press event showcasing the very best in fortified wines imported into the UK. Your organisation was highly professional, the choice and layout of the location at Glaziers Hall perfect, and the buzz throughout the day was audiable. We have had a lot of new business generated by our involvement with our brands La Ina Fino and Domecq 30 Year old VORS range. Thanks for your hard work and energy."
James Rackham, Chairman, Emporia Brands
"... it was most encouraging to see the results of the enormous amount of effort which had been put into the planning, the organising and the successful exection of what must have been a hugely successful event."
Anthony S Westnedge OBE
"Thank you for organising a really excellent tasting. The very best I have been to in a while."
Demetri Walters, Berry Bros and Rudd
"Just to say big congratulations for pulling off a great tasting today- ... great idea, extremely well organised and incredibly useful. I really hope it becomes an annual fixture."
Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective
"When you first told me about the tasting, I knew that it would be extremely well organised. That description isn't nearly good enough for yesterday! ... the comments I heard and overheard could best be summed up as, 'Why can't all tastings be organised as well as this?'"
Trevor Elliott, Justino's stand manager, and author
"Excellent tasting yesterday, really end-to-end stuff. I hope you make it an annual one."
Maggie Rosen, journalist and editor
"Great event on Monday. Well done on the organisation and getting so many good people there. We had a very worthwhile day."
Melissa Draycott, Gonzalez Byass UK
"Brilliant. Great tasting."
Sarah Jane Evans MW
"Many congratulations on a great tasting yesterday. The perfect vehicle to launch the new Noval Black port. Your visitor list was very impressive, as were the quality of press we saw. The b.f.t. is an excellent idea - let's hope its the first of many."
"Hope you are both basking in the success of the b.f.t. Thought it was a fabulous event and everyone I spoke to was really impressed. Great atmosphere, and of course, fabulous products."
Louise Vaux, Membership and Marketing Executive, Wine and Spirit Trade Association
"A great tasting, well done. I was most surprised with the good turnout! Well organised, good location."
Sophia Bergqvist, Quinta de la Rosa
"Congratulations on an excellent fair. It was really encouraging to see the trade of all segments and levels showing such an interest in fortified wines."
Michael Hall, Michael Hall Wines.
"Congratulations on a great tasting."
Marni Laurent Trammell, Brand Manager, Adriano Ramos Pinto
"First may I begin by thanking both you and Ben for your professional, yet creative approach to this event, which I thought was wholly positive for the fortified category. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was able to speak with a really good cross section of buyers and press."
Justin Liddle, Stokes Fine Wines
"... thank you so much for a great event on Monday. I'm so pleased we were there with our three stands..."
Elizabeth Ferguson, Marketing and PR Director, Mentzendorff & Co