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Long read: Ventoux…young blood, cool wines

Published:  15 July, 2021

Known worldwide as the ultimate back-breaker of the Tour de France, Mount Ventoux’s reputation has been growing in other ways in recent years, gradually sprouting a reputation as the place to watch for interesting cool climate wines from the Southern Rhône.

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Cartuxa joins Mentzendorff

Published:  12 July, 2021

Mentzendorff has taken on historic Alentejan brand Cartuxa, one of the oldest brands in Portugal.

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Tim Atkin MW: Rioja's power struggle

Published:  08 June, 2021

Imagine being a voter in Liverpool Walton or South Holland and The Deepings. In the first of these constituencies, the Labour Party received 86% of the ballot in the last general election; in the second, the Conservatives got 75%. Under our first-past-the-post system, the results are as predictable as the lunar cycle. Supporting any other party is a waste of graphite.

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Long Read: Talking terroir in Spain

Published:  03 June, 2021

Priorat has taken a bold step in committing itself to a hierarchical classification of terroir.

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Omar Allibhoy to deliver flavour of Spain for Barón de Ley

Published:  24 May, 2021

Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has teamed up with Kingsland Drinks to “bring the essence of Spain” to the UK in a new campaign supporting Barón de Ley.

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Atkin awards first South American perfect score to wine from “best ever” Argentina vintage

Published:  20 May, 2021

Harpers columnist and UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW has given his seal of approval to the 2019 Argentinian vintage, which he says is “the best I’ve tasted” from the country.

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Bordeaux’s Château La Fleur de Boüard joins Mentzendorff

Published:  13 May, 2021

Mentzendorff and Hubert de Boüard de Laforest have announced that Château La Fleur de Boüard will join the Mentzendorff portfolio with the first stocks of mature vintages being available from June 2021.

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Freixenet Copestick becomes Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s UK distributor

Published:  13 May, 2021

Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Freixenet Copestick have entered into an exclusive partnership agreement which will see the latter become the UK importer and distributor for Bordeaux’s Mouton Cadet wine brand.

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Gran Vino de Rueda sets bar high for Verdejo

Published:  12 May, 2021

The launch of new quality tier Gran Vino de Rueda in Spain’s leading white DO aims to elevate visibility of the top wines from the region.

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Castelnau elevates Carine Bailleul to chef de cave role

Published:  06 May, 2021

Champagne Castelnau has announced that Carine Bailleul has become its new chef de caves, succeeding Elisabeth Sarcelet.

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Headline Hero: Jaime de la Barra, Santa Rita Estates

Published:  31 March, 2021

Jaime de la Barra, director of winegrowing, Santa Rita Estates (covering Chile and Argentina)

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Basset foundation releases first Golden Vines Hall of Fame nominees

Published:  09 March, 2021

Liquid Icons, the fine wine research and content production company founded by Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and his friend Lewis Chester, has announced the nominees for The Golden Vines Hall of Fame Award and The Golden Vines Innovation Award.

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Atkin Rioja Report awards first-ever 100 point score to a white

Published:  15 February, 2021

Tim Atkin MW has revealed a perfect score for a wine for Rioja for the first time – and it’s a white.

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Chateau de Berne joins Bibendum

Published:  16 November, 2020

Bibendum Wine has become the exclusive UK distributor for Chateau de Berne, also taking on the other three wines in the Provence-driven MDCV portfolio. 

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Bancroft bolsters Beaujolais with three new estates

Published:  29 September, 2020

Bancroft Wines has added Domaine Chignard, Alexandre Burgaud and Domaine de la Rocaillère to its portfolio.

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De Bortoli supports Oz reforestation with new range

Published:  08 September, 2020

Family-owned Australian winery De Bortoli Wines has launched a new range to help support the reforestation of the Australian landscape, devastated by the extensive bushfires.

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Jolie-Pitts debut rosé Champagne

Published:  01 September, 2020

The march of celebrity backed wine brands into mainstream consciousness continues with the launch of Fleur de Miraval, a new collaboration with former Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and the Péters family in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

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Pernod Ricard takes mezcal super premium

Published:  17 July, 2020

French giant Pernod Ricard has grown its stake in the “fast-growing” mezcal segment via Ojo de Tigre, a small-batch spirit made from sustainable agave.

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Right Bank under threat as adaptability of Merlot cools

Published:  06 July, 2020

The traditional Merlot-dominant blends of Bordeaux’s Right Bank are being threatened by global warming, according to leading winemakers in the region.

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Bollinger adds first cuvée in over a decade with Bollinger PN

Published:  06 July, 2020

Champagne Bollinger has added its first permanent cuvée in 12 years with the launch of Bollinger PN, the first of an intended series focusing on the house’s flagship grape.

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