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BBR to extend 'gravitational pull' with new focus on less expensive wines

Published:  06 October, 2016

Berry Bros & Rudd hopes a new commercial focus on less expensive quality wines could deliver greater reach and boost off-trade sales


French microalgae may be the answer to key vine diseases

Published:  15 September, 2016

A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany's coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in destroying Downey Mildew. The major scientific breakthrough could provide natural alternatives to the use of pesticides on vineyards.


Southern France city streets flood with wine following vandalism

Published:  04 August, 2016

French police have confirmed the criminal nature of an attack on a wine storage business in the port city of Sète, in southern France.


Loire: a new opportunity?

Published:  29 July, 2016

While the Loire was among the highest climbers of France's wine regions in terms of UK exports in 2015, frost this year has forced several independent Loire producers to redistribute and raise their prices of existing allocations.


Breakaway Rioja group demand single estate appellation

Published:  28 July, 2016

Forty Rioja wine producers in Alava have launched a bid to create a new appellation for single estate vineyards. 


Top wine consultant and professor Denis Dubourdieu dies aged 67

Published:  27 July, 2016

Top claret from Bordeaux may have always cast a shadow over local white wines, but that was until the work of Denis Dubourdieu.


Vega Sicilia moves to London

Published:  11 July, 2016

Spain's Vega Sicilia aiming to capitalise on London's vibrant global wine market


Muscadet Revolution: New Rules, New Grapes

Published:  04 July, 2016

The rules of Muscadet's three generic appellations have been torn up: under new locally approved plans, Colombard, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris grape varieties will now be permitted to make up to 20% of blends of entry-level Muscadet wines.


Sulphur debate boils over

Published:  03 June, 2016

With the emergence of a counterculture in wine styles, the President of the OIV, the International Vine and Wine Organisation, has issued a controversial warning over the push to reduce sulphur (SO2) levels in wine.


ICCWS: Cool climate wine gaining ground

Published:  01 June, 2016

Speaking at the Cool Climate Symposium (ICCWS) in Brighton last week, Oz Clarke said cool climate wines such as English and Welsh wines, could be the perfect antidote to the big, overripe wines.


Grandes Pagos de España pressures the Rioja DO to adapt

Published:  24 May, 2016

With the terroir debate raging in Spain, the tasting and master classes in London last week by the association Grandes Pagos de España (GPE) could hardly have come at a better time.


WSET launches redesigned Level 1 Award in Spirits

Published:  17 May, 2016

As part of a major shake-up of its courses, which includes the separation of wine from spirits in its advanced qualification, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has unveiled a redesigned Level 1 (L1) Award in Spirits.


Hattingley's Simon Robinson steps up to the helm of English Wine Producers

Published:  11 May, 2016

Simon Robinson, owner of Hattingley Vineyards in Hampshire, has been appointed Chairman of marketing organisation the English Wine Producers (EWP).


Value of Côtes du Rhône exports to UK jump 12%

Published:  26 April, 2016

Côtes du Rhône (CDR) wine exports to Britain increased by more than 2% last year, but their value jumped by more than 12% to €82m (£63.5m) suggesting a commercial shift toward the mid-to high-end market is paying off.


Louis Latour 1932-2016: Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer

Published:  07 April, 2016

Louis Latour, Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer, is remembered as a man with a passion and a history


Anti-fraud squad raids Burgundy producer Bejot Vins et Terroirs

Published:  04 April, 2016

A judicial investigation into suspected fraudulent wine production in France is underway following a major customs police swoop in the heart of Burgundy.


Insights: French wine exports to the UK are changing

Published:  30 March, 2016

The latest data from French customs shows Bordeaux wine exports to Britain fell sharply by almost 7% (6.79%) last year when compared with 2014, but their value increased by 2.08%.


Alex Hunt: California now providing great value in comparison with France

Published:  03 March, 2016

Berkmann Wine Cellars has made a new push for Californian Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, while launching an audacious challenge against the prices of wine made from the same grape varieties in Burgundy and Bordeaux in France


UK Vineyards Association in CEO search as British wines boom

Published:  10 December, 2015

Britain's vineyards association, the UKVA, is to appoint a CEO to navigate ways forward for the UK's burgeoning wine industry. UKVA's Chairman, Sam Lindo of Camel Valley, said the move was part of a new "dynamic strategy" involving the overhaul of the association which he said would give greater support and sales help to producers.


Q&A: Graham Gayler appointed as new non-executive director

Published:  10 November, 2015

Ridgeview, one of the largest English sparkling wine producers in Sussex, has appointed its former bank manager, Graham Gayler as a non-executive director. Gayler, a former director at NatWest bank, was one of the few lenders to show faith in Ridgeview and the future of English wine, when he agreed to fund the fizz producer during its first years of production in the 1990s.