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wine consumption hits a record low
(The Drinks Business) The average French
adult consumes 57 litres per year (compared
to 160 litres in 1965) with wine served at
only 1 in 4 meals. UK average consumption is
22 litres per year.
Sleuth Hunts Wine Roots in Anatolia
(Wine Searcher/AFP) Grape geneticist
Jose Vouillamoz and
biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern
suggest Anatolia as the first place to
domesticate the grapevine between 5,000 and
about value of new Chilean denominations
(Decanter) Costa and Andes
may have some value, but will anyone put
Entre Cordilleras on the label?
Blanc to quit Cava appellation
(Decanter) Crisis in Cava as sparkling
producers in Penedes abandon appellation.
"Since last week, nine producers have asked
to leave the Cava DO..." with more to
to sell 2009 blue-chip Bordeaux
(Decanter) UK Supermarket has 40,000 bottles
of 2009 wines for online, by the case sale -
including Chateau Lafite, Mouton-Rothschild,
Margaux, Haut-Brion, Cheval Blanc, Palmer,
Pavie and Yquem.
wine sales flat
(Harpers Wine & Spirit) With large tax hikes
own-label prices rise by 13% over 2 years,
Lucien Albrecht bankrupt
(Decanter) Orschwir-based estate was one of
region's Top 30 producers, second largest
exporter of wine to the US. Dozens of
growers still owed money for their grapes.
Robinson) Work on the Hochmoselübergang
across the Mosel at Ürzig restarts
threatening some of the greatest Riesling.
starts selling wine online in UK
(Harpers Wine & Spirit) Wholesaler offers
wines on its new
Costco.co.uk website for members &
non-members alike. Yearly fee required and
non-members pay 5% surcharge but free
delivery in UK.
York wine merchants count cost of Hurricane
(Decanter) With potential damage to private
cellars "considerable" the collectibles
market may be in for an upsurge once
Insurance payouts have been made.
trade expects five more years of downturn
before UK economy improves
(Harpers Wine & Spirit) UK economy to remain
"unexciting" for next 4-5 years. For the
wine trade "being good at wine essential,
but not enough"
Morrisons shakes up wine
(The Drinks Business) The UK Supermarket to
trial wine display based on 12 range "Wine
Flavour Scale"; sweet, fresh, smooth or
Patrick Sandeman - a bright light extinguished
Robinson) Wine merchant Patrick Sandeman of
Lea & Sandeman dies in freak skydiving
Britain home to the world’s most beautiful
(The Drinks Business) Nyetimber Estate's
West Chiltington HQ in West Sussex, owned by
Eric Heerema, is mentioned in the Domesday
book of 1086.
elects first ever American chairman
(The Drinks Business) Colorado born
Jean-Michel Valette MW has become the first
ever American chairman of the Institute of
Masters of Wine.
Takes a Growing Interest in Winery Safety
(Wine Spectator) Hairnets, cats & bird poop;
A Washington State winery experiences the US
FDA in unfamiliar territory!
sneak preview of Wine Grapes
Robinson) 1,200 pages, 1,368 varieties, £78.
Is the most comprehensive guide to grapes
ever about to be published?
faces huge quantity drop after devastating
conditions earlier this year
(Decanter) 2011 vintage is expected to have
excellent ripeness but with volume down by
nearly a quarter.
helps Spain's natural cork industry pop back
(Reuters) Spain is the second largest cork
exporter in the world, each year selling 3
billion corks, and the future is looking
Weather Leaves Winemakers in a Spin
(Discovery News (AFP)) 2012 could be a
vintage to remember for quality despite
devastating weather across Europe
three chateaux dropped in new St Emilion
(Decanter) Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac
fails again, but good news for new Premiers
Grands Crus Classés A Chateau Pavie and
for brand new Masters of Wine
(Institute of Masters of Wine) Catriona
Felstead, Annette Scarfe & Andreas Wickhoff
take the number of MWs to 300
grape takes root in Aussie soil
(The Drinks Business) After five years
seeking quarantine approval Assyrtiko has
been planted for the first time in Australia
by Clare Valley’s Jim Barry Wines