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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.

07/02/14

UK wine investment firm European Fine Wines Ltd has gone into liquidation with debts totalling £2m, more than double the original estimates.

07/01/14

In advance of the annual conference of the Academy of Wine Business Research, university leaders and researchers gathered on Friday afternoon in Geisenheim, Germany for the third round of discussions to advance the field of wine business education.

06/26/14

Vineyards used to produce Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines in Italy's Piedmont region have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

06/20/14

The average cost of buying Burgundy grand cru vineyard land, France's most-expensive wine real estate, rose 5.3 percent in 2013, according to a report released this week by France's Agriculture Ministry. Prices rose for the 17th straight year, averaging 4 million euros ($5.4 million) for a parcel of land that wouldn't even accommodate two football fields.

06/20/14

Ireland has the highest taxes on wine in Europe - 60% on every bottle, thanks to two increases in the past year. That means that a bottle from the Côtes du Rhône called Les Deux Cols costs €4.25 at wholesale in France, but €10.50 at wholesale in Ireland. And that's even before the respective VAT rates of 19.6% and 23%.

06/20/14

A team of researchers have developed a system they say will revolutionize the concept of traceability used in proving the origins of agricultural products: in this case, the vine, the quality of yeast used in the fermentation of the must (pulp) in Malvasia, Muscat and Nero d'Avola grapes, among others.

06/19/14

Swiss wine producer Dominique Giroud is due to appear in court on spying charges in the next few days, alongside a computer hacker, a private detective and a fourth person belonging to Switzerland's secret service.

06/19/14

The demolition of an Edinburgh office block may uncover remnants of a 200 year old cellar that held the wines of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

06/19/14

Over 7,000 people took part in the first London Wine Week earlier this month which included a series of specialist tastings, including Robert Parker's first UK appearance in 25 years, and events across the capital.

06/19/14

Exports of Loire wine to the UK have grown by one third in the first four months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to figures from InterLoire

06/18/14

A 45 minute hailstorm has caused widespread damage to the vineyards of La Clape.

06/18/14

Lawyers for a wine merchant accused of fraud say the case should be heard in Britain, rather than the U.S.

06/18/14

Bernhard Huber, one of Germany's leading Pinot Noir producers, has died aged 55 following a two year battle with cancer.

06/18/14

Speaking to Harpers.co.uk following the group's results yesterday, Lewis described the group's total sales growth of 1.4% to £278.2 million as "not where I'd want it to be", adding that the combination of poor harvests and duty increases had made for "difficult trading conditions".

06/18/14

Europeans, well known for their love of wine, are testing a novel preservation method aimed at significantly reducing or even eliminating sulphites, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.

06/17/14

Lafite's premium over its fellow first growths is narrowing as poor performing vintages start to make their way into its Liv-ex sub-index.

06/13/14

Violent hail storms across southwest France have caused extensive damage to vineyards in the northern Medoc region of Bordeaux.

06/13/14

Almost six out of every 10 bottles of wine are sold on promotion in the UK, according to figures from Nielsen for the past year.

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