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The Glass Half Full-Winecast : Ep2. Beaujolais Trip. Oyster Bay Fizz Review. News Briefs.


The Glass Half Full Episode 2 A run down on my recent Beaujolais Trip with Harpers/Inter-Beaujolais I review Oyster Bay Sparkling Wine News briefs – Recent events in wine news … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Margaux opts for organics


Château Margaux is considering converting to organic farming for its first growth parcels following viticultural experiments over the last five years. Photo credit: François Poincet Speaking at a tasting in … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trade pledges needed for National Wine Month


Touch PR, the agency behind the first National Wine Month last May, is urging for pledges from the trade, in order for the 2012 campaign to go ahead. The proposal … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Natural wine fair for UK


Natural wine remains ‘marginal’ in the UK, but organisers of the UK’s first artisan wine fair still aim to attract 1500 people to the inaugural event. More than 150 natural … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Codorniu taps into sparkling wine surge


Grupo Codorníu has launched a blanc de noirs addition to its Anna de Codorníu range. The pale pink, 100% Pinot Noir, traditional method sparkling wine will be the first Cava … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Expert independent seminar at London SITT tasting


On and off-trade visitors to next week’s London SITT tasting are able to get first hand advice on running an independent business by leading merchants and on-trade wine consultants. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Faustino releases Rioja Chardonnay


Rioja bodega Faustino is the first large-scale producer to make a white Rioja using Chardonnay in the blend alongside Viura. Chardonnay, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc have been allowed in white … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Russian producers ‘on brink of wipe-out’ after worst winter for decades


Russian producers are calling on the government to avert a crisis as the worst winter weather in half a century has wiped out up to half this year’s wine harvest. … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Part two of indie merchants’ Beaujolais blog-Laura Heywood, Harpers


In the second blog from Harpers’ Independent Buyers Trip to Beaujolais, run in conjunction with InterBeaujolais, we hear from a few more of the independent retailers who went out to … Continue reading

February 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Indie merchants blog from Beaujolais-Laura Heywood, Harpers.


Last week Harpers Wine & Spirit, in conjunction with InterBeaujolais, invited a handful of leading independent wine merchants to go out to Beaujolais and discover the wines for themselves. With … Continue reading

February 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moet to produce Chinese wine


Moët Hennessy is understood to have bought a vineyard in China, where it plans to make red wine for the domestic market. According to French magazine Challenges, the luxury drinks giant … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne House makes own English sparkling wine


The owner of an established Grand Cru Champagne House has ventured this side of the Channel to produce his own sparkling wine from English grapes. Didier Pierson, owner of the … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Digital Wine Communications Conference announces key speakers


The Digital Wine Communications Conference in Izmir (Turkey) has announced its three keynote speakers. It will feature American author and winemaker Randall Grahm of southern California’s Bonny Doon vineyard, and British … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Truth About Tannins


An important component of red wines, they can be plush and pleasurable or mouth-scrapingly awful. Why? At a party recently, I watched as John bet Chris that he couldn’t manage … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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