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sulphur for Rooibos
(The Drinks Business) "Earth’s Essence" has
no added sulphur, but uses instead the wood
of the Cape’s Rooibos and Honeybush plants
during the winemaking process.
wine sector "thriving"
(The Drinks Business) The number of UK
retailers has increased by 50% since 2007
(to 750), but only 13% of wine consumers
“sometimes” buy wines from independents.
grape saved from brink of extinction
(Decanter) Grape geneticist Dr Jose
Vouillamoz has helped save a small Gouais
Blanc vineyard in Switzerland from grubbing.
The variety is nicknamed "Casanova" as it
has been shown to be the mother grape of
many varieties, including Chardonnay and
Wines of War
(Wine Spectator) Karim Saadé of Château
Marsyas (in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley) and
Domaine de Bargylus (in Latakia, Syria)
talks of the current war and how it's
disrupting wine production.
Future of California Wine Industry
(Wine Searcher) If water shortages continue
into 2015 this could lead to a much smaller
crop. Even worse, it's possible that
California grapegrowers might experience a
problem unheard of: grapes that fail to
price costs diners $4K
(The Drinks Business) "Thirty-seven fifty"
turns out to be $3,750 for Atlantic City
diners who end up with a bottle of Screaming
Japan steps up
domestic wine output
(The Drinks Business) Mercia, one of Japan’s
largest wine producers, has announced plans
to almost double its vineyard area (to 40ha)
to meet growing domestic demand.
With a Flourish For Sauternes Producers
(Wine Searcher) A rainy spell in the first
half of October was followed by fine weather
that gave rise to morning fog over the river
Ciron, ideal conditions to encourage the
formation of the "noble rot".
regain crown as world's biggest wine
(Decanter) France is set to produce 46m
hectolitres of wine from the 2014 harvest -
equivalent to more than 6bn bottles and
around 10% more than produced in 2013.
de Rothschild succeeds Baroness as Mouton
(Decanter) Eldest son of Baroness Philippine
de Rothschild has been named as successor to
his mother as chairman of the supervisory
board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA.
chief asked to 'step aside' amid
investigation, say reports
(Decanter) Tesco wine boss Dan Jago is one
of three senior executives reportedly asked
to step aside today as the retail giant
continued a probe into a £250m profit
production set to drop by up to 4% in 2014
(Decanter) With the exception of France,
wine grape production in 2014 appears set to
decline across nearly every major production
see France regain pole position
(The Drinks Business) A 6% decline in world
wine production is a 37 year global low.
Italy fell by 15%, so France's 10% rise in
production sees it regain top spot.
winemakers hail 'exquisite' 2014 vintage
(Decanter) A warm and dry September looks to
have produced one of the best English
vintages of the last decade, with many
wineries finishing the harvest 2 weeks
earlier than normal.
Diseases Affect 12 Percent of French
(Wine-Searcher) Wood-borne fungal diseases
now cause the death of 5 to 7 percent of
vines annually in France. An estimated
100,000 hectares of vineyard are
non-productive due to fungal infections.
for Italy's Harvest
(Wine-Searcher) 2014 will be a "bizarre
vintage" with the South of Italy expecting a
30% decrease in production. Only Piedmont,
especially for Barbaresco, looks confident.
by worst floods in 60 years
(Decanter) 2 months worth of rainfall in a
few hours have decimated areas of the
Hérault near Montpellier, with vineyards
submerged or washed away, although it is
believed most of the harvest was completed.
Suffocates in Accident
(The Drinks Business) Niece of Bierzo
winemaker Raul Pérez was found dead at the
family winery in the North West of Spain
after inspecting a wine vat during
fermentation and falling in.
Vineyards Threatened By New Pest
(Wine-Searcher) The Asian Fruit Fly
Drosophila suzukii is causing concern
in Bordeaux and suspected of causing sour
rot in a small percentage of grapes. Growers
in Alsace, the Côtes du Rhone
and Burgundy have all reported damage and
the fly has already attacked vineyards
in Canada, West Coast U.S., Spain and
September heatwave set to save vintage
(Decanter) Despite challenging conditions
throughout the year a dry and sunny
September looks to produce "a classic
follow Top Gear's example and look to
entertain not educate
(Harpers) The wine industry should look at
the massive success of BBC’s Top Gear in how
to make a potentially complex subject
entertaining to the public, according to
advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty.
Impact of Napa Quake Rising
(Wines and Vines) Bank estimates damage to
Napa wineries and vineyards at $80 million.
60% of Napa County wineries sustained some
degree of damage, and up to 25% of wineries
suffered moderate to severe damage exceeding
$50,000 per winery, ranging up toward $8
million in the most devastating
Smallest Wine Harvest in 50 Years
(Wine-Searcher) Summer rains across Italy
could see a 15% reduction on 2013 production
consultant Jacques Boissenot dies
(Decanter) The man behind 4 of the 5
Bordeaux First Growths dies a week before
his 76th birthday.
Vin de France
(Jancis Robinson) More quality producers are
limiting themselves to the Vin de France
category, useful information to know if
you're not blinkered to the AOC system.
predicts bumper harvest
(The Drinks Business) Chapel Down winery is
expecting a 10% larger harvest than 2013,
which itself was a record harvest, and "are
expecting it to be one of the great years in
terms of quality".
wine-makers up in arms as authorities
attempt to make viniculture more sustainable
(The Independent) Outraged producers in
Tuscany are “on a war-footing” with local
government after being warned that vineyards
could be damaging the environment.
Italy Rocked By
(Wine-Searcher) 30,000 bottles of fake
Tuscan wine confiscated from wineries,
bottling plants, supermarkets and wine
winemaker sued over failed 'cult' wine
(Decanter) Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, owner of St
Helena-based VGS Chateau Potelle, is seeking
compensation from consultant winemaker Denis
Malbec, who he blames for allowing a
potential $200 wine to turn to 'vinegar'.
children sick from vineyard pesticides, say
(Decanter) 23 students and a teacher
affected by suspected pesticide residue in
English wine –
here for the long run or a flash in the pan?
(The Drinks Business) For those that didn't
know it, England is home to World Class
English Wine week starts on Saturday
Hemisphere Harvest Reports - Australia & New
(Wine Spectator) Details from the main
regions for the 2014 vintage, with later
Chile & Argentina and
France as World's Biggest Wine Consumer
(Wine-Searcher) With French consumption
falling by 7% the U.S. got through 29mhl of
wine in 2013 (with domestic production
accounting for 80%). However, France remains
top per capita drinking an average 6 times
more than Americans per person.
moved by death of Laurence Faller
(Decanter) Shock in Alsace as the 47 year
Domaine Weinbach winemaker and mother of
2 dies from a suspected heart attack.
has served his sentence, argue lawyers
(Decanter) Defence lawyers for the convicted
fraudster call for "proportionality", saying
he's too poor to pay any large fine and
shouldn't be sentenced to more than 27
Anger and frustration to resignation
(The Drinks Business) Another "missed
opportunity" lamented by U.K. Bordeaux
retailers who are seeing little interest in
defends his ability to manage wines on up to
200 wineries around the world
(Harpers) Michel Rolland has defended his
role as an international wine consultant
capable of managing the quality of wine on
up to 200 wine estates around the world.
ridicule over ordering wine
(The Drinks Business) 75% of men won't order
wine when out with male friends for fear of
being made fun of, based on a study by Côtes
du Rhône wines
vintage declared 'good'
(Decanter) The Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa
had declared 2013 "Good", which basically
it's "average", since that's the lowest
rating since the "good" 2003 vintage.
Apparently it was 'a difficult year for
sued over "fake" Yquem
(The Drinks Business) American collector
Julian LeCraw is suing London-based the
Antique Wine Company over alleged fake
Bordeaux. Caveat emptor, America
litigation mentality or another Wine Company
dealing in counterfeits? Only time will
tell, but AWC have vigorously defended
themselves on several media sources
heritage status in France
(The Drinks Business) The French Senate
approve a bill recognising that"wine and
winemaking areas form a part of the cultural
and gastronomic landscape".
2013 a Year For Bordeaux Whites
(Wine-Searcher) The reds may be poor, but
2013 white and sweet Bordeaux look to be
winemaker convicted for refusing to spray
(Decanter) Emmanuel Giboulot has been fined
€1,000 (half suspended) for refusing to
spray his Beaune vineyards against
critics call for en primeur "sham" to be
(Harpers) Two of wine’s most-respected wine
critics have called for urgent reform of
Bordeaux’s en primeur system, describing it,
in turn, as a “con” a “sham” and a system
that the trade and investors have “lost
recalls 100,000 bottles
(Decanter) The Spanish producer recalls
100,000 bottles of 2009 Pintia, its Toro
wine, due to excessive levels of sediment.
France and Italy
(Jancis Robinson) 2013 gave Spain perfect
sunshine and rain to allow production of 51
million hectolitres of wine, even though
vineyard area shrank 20%.
downturn is temporary, predict analysts
(Decanter) Sales for the year expected to be
flat as the Wine Warehouse issues a profits
warning, with poor demand so far for 2014
and a still-harsh tax system biting into
Militia Renews Attacks
(Wine-Searcher.com) Militant winemaker group
CRAV seems to be back after the destruction
of 2 telephone exchanges near Toulouse.
‘cruel’ St Emilion book sued
(The Drinks Business) Hubert de Boüard of
Château Angélus takes legal action for
defamation against French
journalist Isabelle Saporta and her new book
(Vino Business) criticising Saint Emilion.
abolishes three and four Puttonyos Tokaji
(Decanter) Hungarian winemakers abolish the
2 lower grades of Tokaji Aszú. Starting from
2014 the 5 Puttonyos will be the entry point
for Tokaji sweet wines with 130g residual
sugar, but not everyone is happy with the
damages Ontario vineyards
(Decanter) While California, Wahington &
Oregon worry about the lack of rain the
North & East have another weather problem
to contend with, as the so-called "Polar
Vortex" wreaks havoc with developing vines.
Milk thistle –
the drinker’s dietary supplement
(Jancis Robinson) Long known as a herbal
remedy for over-indulgence, Silybum
marianum is used by various wine
critics and tasters (including at least one
NEWT) to mitigate the after-effects of
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