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Sun, 05/19/2019 - 19:51

Wine critic Robert Parker has announced his retirement from The Wine Advocate, the wine guide that helped to transform the wine world. Felicity Carter asks other tastemakers what this means.

Robert Parker, the 71-year-old American critic who helped define modern wine criticism, has retired from The Wine Advocate.


Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:02

Vinexpo management have signalled they are willing to make big changes to the Bordeaux fair, after a dramatic fall in visitors. One of those changes includes joining forces with Wine Paris.

A 30% drop in the number of exhibitors and visitors at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019 has prompted soul searching from Vinexpo.


Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:50

The issue of glyphosate has become politically toxic in France, Sophie Kevany explains why.

Brexit it’s not, but glyphosate and broader environmental issues have, in their own way, become toxic for France’s government. After a failed attempt last year to ban the weed killer, the country’s president was accused of broken promises.


Sun, 05/12/2019 - 16:20

How do you get an Italian CEO to visit a small market? Offer her a special gig.

José Rallo, CEO of Donnafugata winery in Sicily, has a new role: wowing music lovers at the Parthenon in Athens. She will be performing a food and song matching – and proving that wine can take you anywhere.


Sat, 05/11/2019 - 14:03

Australian winemaker Penfolds has launched its Champagne collection, created in collaboration with Thiénot.

Australian winemaker Penfolds has joined family-owned Champagne house Thiénot to create three Champagnes from the 2012 vintage. The wines are a cross-country collaboration, created to celebrate Penfolds' 175th anniversary.


Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:21

Game of Thrones, one of the biggest television events in history, has spawned a range of merchandise. But is wine from a world of assassination, brutality and zombies safe to drink? Jeff Siegel convenes a tasting panel.

The rest of the wine business in the US may be lamenting flat sales, but not in Westeros.  The 2019 release of the Game of Thrones wine sold out within days across the country – if not sooner.


Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:22

Australian wine producers are seeing value return to their exports, with growth up in key markets including China and the USA.

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Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:04

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Familia Torres have mutually agreed to wind down their US business.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Familia Torres have mutually agreed to wind down their US business.


Sun, 04/28/2019 - 18:52

A high speed train has been put into service to carry passengers from Madrid to Rueda and Ribera del Duero. Barnaby Eales reports.

A Spanish high-speed train connecting Madrid to Valladolid is boosting wine tourism to the Castilian vineyards of Rueda and Ribera del Duero.


Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:56

It's well known that the Sherry category is in decline. So how did one new product buck the trend?

Tio Pepe En Rama, the limited edition fino Sherry from González Byass, has just turned 10 and to celebrate, the Sherry will be available in Magnums.


Fri, 04/26/2019 - 19:09

Côtes du Rhône has always been trail blazing when it comes to advertising. They've just launched their latest campaign.

The Côtes du Rhône appellation has launched a new marketing strategy. Following its introduction during Wine Paris, it is now rolling out its new positioning across all of its key markets.


Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:51

Up to two million bottles of wines and spirits were destroyed by a fire that raged through a warehouse in Bordeaux.

Two million bottles of wines and spirit were destroyed by a fire that raged through part of the 15,000 m2 storage facility of Bordeaux negociant, Sovex Grands Châteaux on Tuesday, 16 April.


Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:58

VicHealth, a health promotion foundation, has accused Australia's alcohol companies of using social media influencers without disclosing sponsorship. They named two wine companies.

Australia’s alcohol industry has been accused of using social media influencers to promote their products, without disclosing their sponsorship. The accusations come from VicHealth, a health promotion foundation based in the state of Victoria, Australia.


Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:42

A new study from Germany has revealed positive consumer attitudes towards non alcoholic beverages. Is it time the wine industry took this segment as seriously as the beer industry does?

 

Nearly eight in every hundred glasses of beer consumed in Germany contains no alcohol. The figure for wine is just six in a thousand. But, according to a new study, this could change.


Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:36

Masseto, one of Italy's most celebrated wines, now has a winery of its own to call home.

Masseto, one of Italy’s most celebrated labels, finally has its own winery.  Built into the blue clay of the Masseto vineyard, the winery has been created to be as environmentally low impact as possible.


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