Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has stepped down as president of Taittinger Champagne, effective 31 December 2019.The new president is his daughter, Vitalie Taittinger.
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.
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.
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."
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.
A combination of gloom plus a new law are being blamed for a sharp drop in demand for Champagne in France.
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.
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.
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.
Austria now has a new DAC wine region: Carnutum, which sits in the easternpart of Austria between Vienna and the Slovak border.
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.
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.
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.
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.