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02/18/19

"The five hottest years ever measured have been in the last five years," the former Vice President tells Christiane Amanpour. "Donald J. Trump has become the global face of climate denial."

02/11/19

South Africa is the wine world's next "it" region. What the Drinks Business once called "the 'bad old' days of South African winemaking" are fading into the rearview, replaced by stellar vintages and high-profile critical acclaim.

02/07/19

The world's best sommeliers, arguably some of the most influential voices in the world of wine, visited Cape Town last week under the flag of the International Association of Sommeliers (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, or ASI). This visit formed part of this global industry body's strategic session ahead of the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World competition, which will be taking place in Belgium later this year.

01/28/19

Conference in Porto to focus on Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change ...

01/28/19

After 2 years of training, we presented our experts, Ambrosia and Odysé, two friendly professional Labrador retrievers (former drug sniffing dogs) to detect TCA and TBA. Over the years, we now have a team of dogs introducing: Moro, Zamba and Mamba.

01/22/19

Cape Venture Wine Co., the architects and producers of Lubanzi Wines, one of the fastest growing South African wine brands in America, has earned certification as a B Corporation, an acknowledgement of the company's commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability.

01/16/19

Distell, Africa's leading wines and spirits producer and marketer, is capitalising on its roots in premium and fine wine and is launching Libertas Vineyards and Estates as a new stand-alone company with ownership of all the premium wine brands.

01/15/19

The move is a significant shift from Distell's previous approach, where premium wines were managed as a division within the company.

01/11/19

Scientists say the warming of the world's oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that the vast majority of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends up stored there. A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago.

01/11/19

London-based Lawrence Francis started podcasting in 2017 while living in Spain. After binge watching YouTube wine videos (link is external), he soon realized that there was a distinct lack of wine content available about Spanish wines - so he got his boots on and went out to make one, driving across Spain to meet producers.

12/14/18

Wine consumption in China is expected to rise by more than a third to $23 billion in 2021, when it will reach a volume of 192 million cases, according to Vinexpo. That's a growth rate of 30%. Noticing this trend, Hein Koegelenberg, chairman at the South African wine producer L'Huguenot Vineyards, saw an opportunity. In 2013, together with Chinese distribution company Yangzhou Perfect China, the company created a range of wines specifically for the Chinese market. The result was Perfect Wines of South Africa and the brand now accounts for 25% of all South African wines sales in China.

12/13/18

The winery lies empty and forlorn, turned into a car park no one uses. Tragically, much wine memorabilia, including historical documents and artifacts, went with it.

12/13/18

While many companies make plant-based burgers, a handful of startups are trying to make real, environmentally friendly beef and chicken from animal cells - bypassing the farm animals. None, however, have released a product consumers can buy in stores or restaurants

12/03/18

Three of the world's climate change and wine specialists discuss understanding impacts, reducing vulnerability, and adapting to a changing environment ...

11/29/18

Christie's Fine and Rare Wines auction totalled more than HK$38.6 million (US$4.9 million), with a lot from South Africa's Vilafonté Series "M" 2007 selling for four times its estimate - the highest price yet for the South African winery at auction.

11/26/18

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the addition of new approved programme providers in Kenya, Macedonia and Slovakia, with over 75 countries now offering its courses.

11/19/18

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has recently indicated that the 2018-vintage global wine production is "back to normal" in size (Global wine harvest bounces back). However, a year ago the OIV reported that the 2017 global wine production had fallen to its lowest level since the beginning of the 1960s. This decrease was the result of the inclement weather that extensively damaged vineyards in the world's largest production area, western Europe (containing the world's three biggest producers: Italy, France and Spain).

11/19/18

The winner will be decided by a panel of judges led by WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, including Richard Bampfield MW, Laura Jewell MW of Wine Australia and Matt Knight of Riedel UK. The judges will be looking for the educator that has demonstrated clear dedication and growth in delivering WSET's courses as well as innovation in wine and spirits education.

10/29/18

In recent years, Chile and South Africa have started projects to rescue old vineyards, creating interesting synergies between rural areas and consumers. The new genre of wines has gained international attention among importers, traders and wine critics.

10/18/18

The 2018 harvests in Europe are winding down and crush estimates are ratcheting up: now at 46.7 million hectolitres for France, 48-plus million hectolitres for Spain, while northern Italy's crush is also expected to be big. With Spain and Italy vying to be most competitive on generics, prices across the board are trending downward. The picture on quality is more complicated, with spring mildew, intense midsummer heat and lower than normal late season temperatures inhibiting alcohol levels and, on the reds, color.

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