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Tue, 12/03/2019 - 08:42

This morning the French wine industry woke to the news that their wines could be hit with a 100% tariff in the USA.

President Trump has announced that he is prepared to raise tariffs on French wines to 100%, in retaliation for France’s digital services tax, which the Trump Administration says discriminates against American internet companies.


Sat, 11/23/2019 - 19:20

Editor-in-Chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown has announced that Michelin has acquired Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.

Michelin, the French company behind the famous restaurant guide of the same name, has announced that it had acquired 100% of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.


Thu, 11/21/2019 - 12:07

Nick Devlin is to take over as CEO, and then full steam ahead into the US market. Felicity Carter reports.

Rowan Gormley, the CEO of UK company Naked Wines, will be retiring from the company once Christmas trading is over. Nick Devlin, the current Chief Operating Officer, will take his place.


Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:00

"Hallelujah" by French artist Annette Messager is the artwork gracing the label of the 2017 vintage of Château Mouton Rothschild.

The label of the 2017 vintage of Château Mouton Rothschild has been revealed – it is a work called “Hallelujah” by artist Annette Messager.


Mon, 11/18/2019 - 16:48

The only vineyard in Venice, Venissa, has been inundated with water. Roger Morris reports.

Another casualty of the current historic flooding taking place in Venice is the city’s only vineyard – Venissa, founded in 2002 by the Prosecco producer Gianluca Bisol on the island of Mazzorbo in the Venetian archipelago.


Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:27

A Bordeaux-based enterprise has launched a dozen bottles of fine red wine into space. Sophie Kevany finds out why.

Twelve bottles of Bordeaux red were launched into space on Saturday November 2nd at 9.59am. Not by an angry drinker, but as part of a project designed and financed by Space Cargo Unlimited (SCU).
 


Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:16

A portion of the latest release of Mullineux's Old Vines White was lost in an accident last week. But, says Mullineux, they have enough left to meet all their allocations.

In late October, a truck carrying a load of Mullineux Old Vines White tipped over, spilling hundreds of bottles into the road. 


Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:52

After French wine groups heard a rumour that the French Minister for Health intended to introduce Dry January to France, they were swift to react. Sophie Kevany reports.

France’s wine sector is once again battling alcohol reduction suggestions from the country’s health ministry. This time, eight French wine bodies have aligned to protest against the idea of a nationally backed ‘dry January’. 
 


Sun, 11/03/2019 - 21:40

Château La Tour de Mons has been sold to the Perrodo family, in the largest Bordeaux vineyard sale of the year. Sophie Kevany reports.

The Perrodo family, owners of London-based oil and gas company Perenco, have paid an estimated €60m ($67m) for their third Bordeaux châteaux, local paper


Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:18

The Australian wine industry is booming once again, with exports hitting record highs.

Australian exports are on the up, according to the latest figures from Wine Australia, with value continuing to grow.


Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:48

Wines from the 2019 Prosecco vintage will be the first made in line with new production regulations.

The harvest in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore has just come to an end, with yields down between 3% to 5% on last year. Wines from this vintage will be the first to be made in line with new production regulations that allow for a drier style of wine.


Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:42

Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg has had a glittering career. And he is now an ambassador for the wines of Saint-Émilion.

The Jurade of Saint-Émilion, a seven decades old wine fraternity, now has a new member: Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg. He was inducted into the Jurade on Tuesday, 22 October, during a surprise ceremony.


Fri, 10/25/2019 - 11:29

Under cover of night, two wineries had their tanks opened, releasing 40,000 hectolitres of wine and must.

Two cooperatives in Puglia have been the targets of sabotage.


Fri, 10/25/2019 - 10:25

On 18 October, the US goverment imposed tariffs of 25% on French, German, Spanish and UK wines under 14% abv. Leslie Gevirtz discovers that wine producers and US wine importers won't raise their prices until after the New Year.

Weingut Egon Müller’s owner and winemaker was more concerned about the harvest that was underway than he was about the 25% tariffs that the US imposed on the vast majority of wines from Germany, France, and Spain earlier this month.
 


Fri, 10/25/2019 - 08:00

Weather conditions were tricky and yields were down, but the Rioja Consejo says the wines are going to be exceptional

Yields were down in Rioja in 2019 because of less vigour in the vineyard, which the Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa says “guarantee maximum quality”.


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