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.
Diageo has fired a warning shot against any possible British departure from the European Union and the risks it would have on not only its business but the future of key markets such as the Scottish whisky industry. This could be exacerbated further if Scotland chooses to become independent later in the year.
According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter, French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.)
A recent report by the Sweden-based whistle blower Swedwatch finds that Finland's favourite wines are being produced under questionable circumstances in foreign vineyards. Local NGOs are calling on the state-owned alcohol monopoly Alko to improve its buying practices.
French wines lost market share around the world in 2013, according to new figures that a show a drop in exports from the country. France exported 3.1% less wine last year, with shipments totalling 174.8m 12-bottle cases, according to the national wine export trade body FEVS.
Jean-Charles Boisset carries a whiff of the theater around with him. Meeting for lunch in Paris, it comes as no surprise that he is staying at the Hotel Costes in the Place Vendôme, which is bedecked with plush red velvet furniture and gilt-edged mirrors. It is reminiscent of the rococo interior décor of Raymond Vineyards, the Napa property Boisset bought in 2009.
Despite the shrinking number of wine properties in Bordeaux, the region remains a world of small farmers. Their wines may carry the name of a château, but the edifice depicted on the label is typically more of a country house than a grand castle.