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11/23/20

It's been portrayed as one of the wine world's big success stories. But, says the veteran commentator, the bubbles could be set to burst

11/23/20

The recently released 2016 vintage produced some of the greatest Barolos ever, thanks to near-perfect conditions for fickle Nebbiolo.

11/23/20

Test your knowledge of this popular grape...

11/20/20

New grape varieties were approved last year and some growers have been quick to take advantage.

11/20/20

but ... "Introducing market management aid for at least one, two or three years - perhaps longer - is an absolute must"

11/20/20

"May you live in interesting times…"

11/19/20

This particular vintage has just been awarded Bibenda's coveted Five Grapes, the highest score given by the prestigious wine guide published every year by the Italian Sommelier Federation.

11/19/20

Under the current Tier restrictions, the trade bodies warned that 72% of hospitality businesses expect to become unviable and close in 2021, according to a members survey of UK Hospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association and the British Institute of Innkeeping. Under Tier 1 restrictions, only 25% of operators said they could turn a profit, while under Tier 2, 76% said they would be unviable or operating at a loss. Moreover, for those hospitality businesses having to operate under Tier 3 restrictions, the survey found 94% would be unviable or operating at a loss.

11/19/20

James Symington, who is credited with playing an instrumental role in reviving the Port wine industry in the second half of the 20th century, has died.

11/19/20

France is the second biggest Covid hotspot in the wine world at the moment, with over 1.8m active cases in the country. It also has one of the highest death rates, with over 45,000 people having died from the virus in France. The world's number three winemaking nation - Spain - also has the third highest number of active Covid cases at the moment, at over 1.5 million.

11/19/20

The conversion involves 175 hectares of the 285 hectares managed by the group in Champagne and will take a minimum of three years. As part of the conversion, the Champagne house will use no synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides on its vines. The decision to make the conversion to organics follows years of organic trials and experiments.

11/19/20

Running from 23 November until 4 December, the platform has been set up to enable producers to showcase their portfolios to a broad audience of international professionals despite the exhibition not going ahead this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The organisers say this year will see one the largest portfolios of bulk wines, which buyers can browse using a personalised search system that will enable them to zone in on the right products for their portfolio and link with producers from across the world via the WBWE Connect digital meeting hub.

11/19/20

Chardonnay has long dominated in Burgundy, but local vignerons are now promoting Aligoté, too.

11/19/20

"At the end of spring, as we put the first wave of Covid-19 behind us, we were very much afraid the crop would be very large. Fortunately, this huge harvest did not materialise", explains Thierry Coste, chairman of the Copa-Cogeca wine group.

11/18/20

The new format, available from Waitrose now, fits into a fridge door and contains the equivalent of three standard bottles of wine (RRP £25.99).

11/18/20

"I think the model is here to stay," Innes told db. "We won't be going through this forever and the hybrid model is really, really strong with that combination of both the wine shop and the bar. I always thought it was the future of where wine shops should be going and I don't see this slowing it down that much at all.

11/18/20

With the academic staff, Howard-Sneyd will develop a new programme of short courses covering the culture, history and appreciation of wine as well as 'Taste and Talk' events with leading wine trade figures such as Hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke.

11/18/20

With prices continuing to rise but price growth decelerating, volumes stabilising after a good run of harvests, has Burgundy lost some of the protection previously afforded by record demand and minuscule production?

11/18/20

"I've worked in the wine industry for 30 and I definitely used to laugh at English wine in the past when I worked for Oddbins," admits Robin Naylor, product development manager at wine distributor and producer Boutinot, which owns Henners Vineyard in East Sussex. "Within my lifetime, English wine has gone from being a quirky almost embarrassment to being this amazing premium-quality product."

11/18/20

Gaëtane Thiney, captain of Paris FC (formerly FCF Juvisy), doesn't just score points on the football pitch. With 163 selections under her belt for France's female football team, she has just created her own brand of Champagne, 'Dix-it Thiney'.

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