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08/01/14

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry into the next EU drinking strategy, potentially informing policy on issues such as minimum unit pricing.

07/31/14

France's Senate has backed tougher rules on pesticide spraying following concerns about residues drifting into nearby villages from vineyards, but the house rejected campaigners' calls for mandatory pesticide-free zones.

07/29/14

It's not only Ukraine that has been moving towards a closer relationship with the European Union. Moldova too has reached out to Brussels but Russia has responded by targeting its vineyards, which have an intriguing past.

07/25/14

The rate of underage drinking among 11 to 15 year olds in England has fallen to its lowest ever rate since records began in 1988.

07/25/14

UK value sales of alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption are reported to have leapt 15% in the last five years, although volumes are in decline thanks to rising prices and a health conscious younger generation.

07/25/14

Analysts have predicted Diageo's net sales growth will have risen by 0.5% in 2014, ahead of the release of the company's full end of year results next week.

07/23/14

A UK winery is preparing to host its 5th Annual Bacchus charity marathon complete with dedicated wine tasting stations along its 26-mile route.

07/23/14

Explaining the stylistic implications of cool climate for wine is a key challenge in the drive to push consumers into higher price points, according to Australian brand Hardys.

07/21/14

For the last four years, Mr. Álvarez and five of his seven children have been locked in a pitched succession battle full of lawsuits and nasty accusations. It's been called "Falcon Crest" by the Spanish press, the name taken from the 1980s prime-time soap opera set in a Napa Valley winery.

07/16/14

During a recent trip to the Italian wine region of Lugana, I was told by a producer that the area has two different faces. I was intrigued.

07/16/14

American consumers have developed a thirst for gran reserva Rioja and are helping to drive sales of the style according to one of the region's historic estates.

07/16/14

French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation.

07/16/14

After students were hospitalized in the Bordeaux winegrowing region, pesticides were blamed. Parents calling for new rules near schools face a "code of silence" protecting the wine sector.

07/11/14

Often compared, yet so different, our latest infographic gives you the figures on these two great French wine regions.

07/11/14

Thousands of pubs and bars across the UK have agreed to offer 'house' wine weaker than 12.5% abv, following government pressure to dissuade harmful drinking.

07/09/14

Violent hailstorms have damaged thousands of hectares of vines in France's Languedoc-Roussillon, only weeks after winemakers in Burgundy and Bordeaux suffered similar deluges.

07/09/14

House wine in bars and pubs will be no stronger than 12.5 per cent, under a Government plan to curb binge drinking, Ministers held talks with the alcohol industry at the Home Office yesterday in an attempt to cut Britain's drinking problem. The Government wants to cut the amount of alcohol drunk in Britain by a billion units a year.

07/08/14

Mount Etna winemaker Ciro Biondi had to steal into his former winery to save wine from his Cisterna Fuori vineyard

07/03/14

Two officers stopped a car on the A31 highway near Dijon in Burgundy for a regular vehicle check and noticed two bottles of Champagne on the floor at the passenger's feet. On closer inspection, the liquid inside did not look like sparkling wine and was seized for analysis.

07/03/14

Producers across Burgundy have asked government officials for help in the form of tax relief, subsidies and funding to increase anti-hail measures, following a devastating hailstorm on Saturday.

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