Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:19

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who brought the eponymous Champagne House back into the family, has passed the company on to the next generation.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has stepped down as president of Taittinger Champagne, effective 31 December 2019.The new president is his daughter, Vitalie Taittinger.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:19

A new survey by GlobalData shows the wine topics that grabbed people on Twitter in the third quarter of 2019.

If you’ve ever wandered into the wine section of Twitter, you could be forgiven for thinking it was nothing but an endless debate about the merits of commercial wines versus artisanal wines. But it turns out that people use Twitter to talk about wine styles and specific wines.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:51

A California technology company has developed a WeChat Mini Program in conjunction with the California International Trade Office, to help make life easier for Chinese tourists.

Chinese visitors to the Napa Valley can now navigate their way around using a “Welcome to Napa” program available on WeChat, China’s multi-purpose social media app. Users can either plan their own routes, or can choose from one, two, or three-day itineraries.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 08:46

On Wednesday, 9 October, California's electricity was shut off in a series of rolling blackouts. Jeff Siegel found out what happened next.

No electricity, no running water. Tom Hixson, a Napa retiree, said the scene reminded him of what happens just before a hurricane: "There was a run on services – ATMs were drained of money, stations ran out of gas, ice and staple groceries were all gone."

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:34

Luc Belaire, a French wine producer, has launched an old-fashioned arcade game for wine.

A French wine producer has created an arcade-style game that lets players win bottles of wine. Luc Belaire, produced in the south of France, has launched the Belaire Claw Machine, the first of its kind for wine.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:47

The French are drinking less Champagne, thanks to a restrictive new law plus a generally gloomy outlook. Sophie Kevany reports.

A combination of gloom plus a new law are being blamed for a sharp drop in demand for Champagne in France. 

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:30

Young and cosmopolitan Chinese consumers are exploring natural wines. Jim Boyce finds out what's happening.

It rained as they poured during the recent Crush Natural Wine Fest in Shanghai. But wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the dozen-plus vendors showcasing 100-plus wines at this inaugural three-day event.

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:22

The 2017 vintage shone in the Meininger's German Red Wine Prize 2019. So did the Spätburgunders.

The work of Fritz Keller—who was recently elected head of Germany’s football association, the DFB—has proved that this winery ranks among the best in Germany, thanks to its impressive Spätburgunder.

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 11:50

Riesling, the grape most associated with Alsace and Germany, has found a home in Bordeaux. Sophie Kevany reports.

For the first time in its history, Bordeaux is set to become a Riesling producer. The grape is normally grown much further north in France’s Alsace region and then into Germany.

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 23:50

The World Trade Organisation has cleared the US to hit EU goods with $7.5bn of tariffs. Wines from selected EU countries are on the hit list.

The US has been given the go-ahead by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to slap up to $ worth of sanctions on European products, including wine.

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 16:10

Carnutum has become the 14th wine region of Austria to be granted DAC status.

Austria now has a new DAC wine region: Carnutum, which sits in the easternpart of Austria between Vienna and the Slovak border.

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 08:00

Delegates at the two-day Wine Industry IMPACT conference, held in Australia this September, heard about practical steps they could take to become more profitable - and take back control from distributors and retail chains. Felicity Carter reports.

The balance of power has changed in Australian wine, according to a speaker at the recent Wine Industry IMPACT Conference. Australian producers now have an unprecedented opportunity to “claw margin back” and take control of their own financial future.

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 15:32

The 1st October 2019 marks 70 years of Communist party rule in China, and the whole country is celebrating - including wineries and the wine trade. Jim Boyce looks at what's happening.

The People’s Republic of China’s celebrates its 70th anniversary today, on 1 October 2019. It’s a major milestone that’s inspired responses from across the wine world.

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 15:03

Yesterday, the latest edition of the World Atlas of Wine was launched. Robert Joseph says it's a book that can take you places - and his own journey proves it.

Yesterday, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW launched the eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine. Listening to these two giants of wine communication, I realised that it is largely thanks to them that I am where I am today.

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:46

Unrest among Catalonia's Cava producers has seen the Spanish government take the unusual step of transferring decisions about new vine plantings to the Cava DO. Barnaby Eales reports.

The Spanish government has transferred all decision making about new vine plantings to the regulatory council of the Cava Denominación de Origen.

This historic move, adopted on September 20th, has been seen in Spain as an attempt to quell growing tensions over the Cava crisis.