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Militant winemakers suspected in telephone sabotage
Vandals who set fire to telephone exchanges in southern France over the weekend appear to have claimed allegiance to the militant winemaker group known as CRAV.
Rabobank Report: Spain's Pivotal Role in Future of EU Wine Sector
In the report, published by the bank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, Rabobank says that an improvement in the Spanish wine industry's productive structure and orientation to the international market is necessary for the country to remain globally competitive.
Hubert de Bouard brings defamation suit against Vino Business author
The legal action comes nine days after the publication of Isabelle Saporta's French-language book Vino Business, which takes a critical look at the closed and contradictory world of French wine, and draws specific attention to the contested classification in Saint Emilion that saw Angelus promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A.
Loire winemaker faces fine for defying appellation body
Prosecutors in France's Loire region have asked for a local winemaker to be fined for allegedly tricking consumers by wrongly linking his vin de table to the appellation controlee system.
Champagne expert Richard Juhlin given highest French honour
Decanter World Wine Awards judge Richard Juhlin has been awarded France's highest honour for his efforts to promote Champagne.
Latour Owner Buys Sizable Stake of Three Right Bank Wineries
Artemis Domaines, the company that owns Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour, has acquired a large minority stake in Château Siaurac & Co., according to Siaurac owner and manager Paul Goldschmidt. Siaurac includes three Right Bank estates-Château Le Prieuré in St.-Emilion, Château Vray Croix de Gay in Pomerol and Château Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol-for a total of 143 acres of vines.
Portugal uncovers 'hidden sales channels'
Wines of Portugal has highlighted a discrepancy between its export statistics and sales figures from FMCG data agencies, claiming that the country's UK sales are "misrepresented".
Brunello di Montalcino producers split over sub-zones
Debate is growing on whether to carve the home of Brunello di Montalcino into a series of sub-zones to help consumers better understand subtle differences between the wines.
Medoc official complains at unfair tax breaks for 'corporate' chateaux
An official in Bordeaux has risked the ire of some chateaux owners by saying a tax break meant for small-scale producers should be closed to estates controlled by corporate firms and wealthy families.
Bordeaux Mayor Attacks Winery Tax Breaks
The deputy mayor of a Bordeaux village is crying foul over a loophole that sees immensely wealthy banking and financial interests offered tax exemptions meant for struggling farmers. Ludon-Médoc's Benedict Simian says that prestigious châteaux in the Haut-Médoc are often owned by banking or industrial interests and should not receive the same government largess as smaller, owner-operator vineyards.
Q&A with Craig Duggan of Signature Wines on the potential of Macedonian wines in the UK
Craig Duggan, business development manager for Signature Wines, talks to Douglas Blyde about reviving Macedonia's ancient wine tradition with Stobi Wines.
UK: Gallo muscles into premium wine sector
E&J Gallo is aiming to grow its share of the premium end of the wine market with the launch of two new brands, Dark Horse and Apothic Red, despite the fact that the average spend on a bottle of wine in the UK still hovers around the £5 mark.
UK retailers split over calories on wine labels
Sainsbury's, which late last year overtook Asda-WalMart to become the UK's second largest supermarket, has committed to printing calorie amounts on all its own-brand wines over the next two years. Its move drew praise from the UK government, but also revealed division between multiple retailers, which together account for the vast majority of the country's wine sales and have large own-brand ranges.
Climate change is making English wine better
The UK is seeing much warmer summers, and that's reversed the fortunes of a once derided industry: English winemaking. Once it was widely dismissed as "undrinkable."
Michael Cox: 1951-2014
Part of the Clark family that founded UK wholesaler Matthew Clark and with a grandfather who was involved in the founding of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the Institute of Masters of Wine, alongside his twin David, Michael was already steeped in the trade before becoming one of its stalwarts.
Tributes made from across the trade following the death of Michael Cox
Tributes from across the trade are being made to Michael Cox, the highly respected industry figure and European head of Wine of Chile who died last night after a year long battle with bile duct cancer.
Vinisud attracts buyers from around the world to highlight its Mediterranean wine and spirits
Over 1,600 exhibitors from across the Mediterranean's world of wine and spirits are set to descend on Montpellier in Southern France next week for this year's Vinisud trade show which hopes to attract buyers from all over the world.
Half year operating profits significantly down at Treasury Wine Estates
Half-year operating profits at Treasury Wine Estates fell by 38% to A$45.8 million, which it blamed on increased marketing and distribution investment and challenging conditions in Asia and Australia.
Rioja sees record-breaking sales in 2013
Sales of Rioja reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing its previous record set before the global economic downturn.
Body of Bordeaux Wine Estate's Chinese Owner Found
The body of Chinese billioniare Lam Kok, a 46-year-old tea magnate who sealed the biggest deal ever made by a Chinese national on a Bordeaux wine estate in December, has finally been recovered - two months after going missing in a helicopter crash.
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