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06/01/18

Brexit-related inflation is hitting drinkers of cheaper and less well-known Champagnes hardest in the UK as sales of entry-level bottles continue to fall, while bigger name brands and more expensive cuvées are faring better.

05/31/18

The cost of land in some of the world's most prestigious regions has now separated from the value of the grapes produced. L.M.Archer analyses the situation.

05/31/18

The organisers of the London Wine Fair must do something to deal with industry figures who are using the exhibition for meetings even though they haven't taken stands, says Hatch Mansfield MD, Patrick McGrath MW.

05/31/18

Champagne has been hit by another bout of bad weather with hailstorms reported to have damaged nearly 2,000 hectares of vines - with 3% of vineyards in the Champagne AOC completely destroyed.

05/31/18

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced its director of UK policy and social responsibility, Carlo Gibbs, will be leaving later this summer. Gibbs, one of the longest serving members of staff at the WSTA, is leaving to take up a new role in the government's department for business energy and industrial strategy.

05/31/18

In Piemonte, informal hybrid shops are redefining where and how visitors drink wine.

05/23/18

Rhône Valley producer Maison Gabriel Meffre is looking to expand its presence in the UK on-trade, growing on the success of its La Châsse brand in Sainsbury's and Asda.

05/23/18

Taking place with immediate effect, the deal will see newly formed Benchmark Drinks - led by ex-Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma, take on distribution of the brand across the UK and Ireland.

05/22/18

"He told us that the Ministry is well aware of the difficulties that the copper ban would pose and that France should call for it to be re-registered. There shouldn't be a deadlock," explained board chairman Jérôme Despey.

05/22/18

Speaking during a debate on Brexit at the London Wine Fair yesterday, Enotria chief executive Troy Christensen said: "Brexit has exacerbated the negative factors of the on-trade and we will see a seismic reshaping of the sector second only to the credit crunch in the next five years - the landscape will look very different in five year's time.

05/22/18

The Centre Vinicole - Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) posted sales worth 200 million euros for 2017 at its annual AGM this month, in line with 2016, but a net operating profit of 15.9 million euros, a 20% decline compared to the previous year.

05/22/18

Created in 2017, the DOC covers the Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions, and permits the use of Chardonnay, Friulano, Garganega, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo.

05/22/18

With 312 days to go until the UK officially leaves the EU, the effect of economic uncertainty and how the trade is placed to take advantage of opportunities offered by Brexit formed the crux of discussions at one of the opening debates of the London Wine Fair this morning.

05/21/18

Bordeaux has this week seen the re-launch of a classification designed to give recognition to some of the smaller-scale wine producers beyond the Médoc's more famous names.

05/21/18

According to Portugal's National Institute of Statistics, 68 percent of American visitors traveling to Portugal include gastronomy and wine tastings in their plans, and their numbers are growing dramatically. In 2016, 390,000 Americans visited Portugal; last year, 685,000 did. Tourism officials expect 822,000 this year.

05/21/18

"We're looking at increasing prices by 20 to 30 percent in pounds relative to the '11s," depending on brand, John Symington of Symington Family Estates, which owns labels including Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's and Warre's, said at a presentation in London May 17. That would put retail prices per bottle "in the region of 80 pounds" ($108).

05/18/18

China has revoked the organic certification rights given to the organic certification agency Ceres' Shanghai branch after its managing director was convicted of fraud for issuing doctored organic certification results, revoking in the process organic certifications given to seven companies including Spain's leading wine producer Torres, in mainland China.

05/18/18

An Austrian man has been jailed for six months after police uncovered a stash of wine bottles featuring Hitler and Nazi iconography on their labels at his home.

05/18/18

Hailstones bigger than golf balls have caused at least some damage to 500 hectares of vines in the Côte des Bar area in the south of the Champagne region, according to initial estimates.

05/17/18

Admitting that when he joined Kayra he was "a major Californian asshole", winemaker Daniel O'Donnell believes that to truly understand Turkish wine one must "throw out any pre-existing ideas about winemaking conventions and put things in a Turkish context".

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