US officials set to destroy $200,000 wine cellar

    Thousands of bottles of fine wine, many from boutique producers in California, are set to be destroyed in the US after being seized in a police raid, unless their owner can stop the process. Arthur Goldman's wine cellar. Image credit: Handout / Philly.com Police in Pennsylvania confiscated 2,447 bottles of wine earlier this year from lawyer Arthur Goldman.

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    UK merchant merger: Bibendum aquires PLB

    Two of the UK's largest wine merchants have merged their businesses after restaurant supplier Bibendum agreed to acquire retailer-focused supplier PLB, amid tough trading conditions in the country. Wine on sale at Morrisons supermarket in the UK. The country's wine market has faced intense profits pressure in the past few years.

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    UK wine merchant rejects suspect 1947 Burgundy

    Corney & Barrow has raised the alarm after being offered suspicious bottles of a rare Burgundy wine that has previously fetched thousands of pounds at auction. Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue A trader recently tried to sell Corney & Barrow 12 bottles of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue's Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1947 vintage, but the merchant rejected the deal because i ...

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    Austria introduces new sparkling wine quality tiers

    Austria has created a three-tier quality pyramid for its emergent sparkling wine sector to improve its reputation and help consumers to better understand the category. The new system (pictured above) underlines the growing importance of sparkling wine to Austrian producers. It was launched this month by the Austrian Sparkling Wine Committee and the Austrian Wine Marketing B ...

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    France to regain crown as world's biggest wine producer

    France is on course to overtake Italy as the largest wine producing nation, according to new figures from the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV). Click on the image to see a larger version. (Image: Annabelle Sing) Hail may have returned to decimate vineyards in pockets of Burgundy and Languedoc-Rousillon this year, but France as a whole is set to produce 46 ...

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    Barossa and Clare Valley split vineyards to create geological sub-regions

    Winemakers in Barossa and Clare Valley are splitting their vineyards into new sub-regions as part of a stronger focus on soil and climate in Australia's wine sector. Producers in Clare Valley (pictured) have just begun phase two of their Clare Valley Rocks project, which aims to draw appellation-style boundaries across the region based on its different geologies. Decanter.

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    Pontet-Canet second wine loses AOC status

    The second wine of Chateau Pontet Canet, Les Hauts de Pontet, has for the first time failed to gain its appellation status for its 2012 vintage. Pontet-Canet owner Alfred Tesseron has adopted biodynamic farming methods at the estateThe news means that Les Hauts de Pontet 2012 must be labelled as a Vin de France.

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    Christie's sees strong bidding at DWWA auction for WaterAid

    A special charity auction of wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards held by Christie's in London has fetched more than £40,000. David Elswood of Christie's leads the DWWA auction in London. Bidders in Christie's' King Street salesroom vied with online buyers from Ireland and China for hundreds of cases split into 65 lots.

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    Philippe Sereys de Rothschild succeeds Baroness as Mouton chairman

    Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, eldest son of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her first husband Jacques Sereys has been officially named as successor to his mother as chairman of the supervisory board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. The appointment, which was widely expected following the death of Baroness Philippine on 22 August, was announced by the company on 18 October.

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    Abolish the term 'second wine', says Ornellaia winemaker

    The winemaker for Bolgheri estate Ornellaia has said the term 'second wine' should be phased out to convince consumers that they are not just second best. Axel Heinz made his comments at a seven-wine vertical tasting of Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove in London this week. ‘Serre Nuove is a true second wine at Ornellaia in that it is not second-rate version of the flagship wine,’ ...

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    DAWA 2014 results: India wins historic first International Trophy as full results released

    A Sauvignon Blanc from India has made history by winning the country's first International Trophy, according to results from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014, released online today. Claiming the International Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc, one of only 15 awarded in this year’s competition was the Grover Zampa, Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Nandi Hills, Karnataka in India.

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    Jacob's Creek plans more whisky barrel wines

    Jacob's Creek winemakers are keen to produce more wine styles part-aged in barrels previously used for Scotch and Irish whiskies. Jacob's Creek owner Pernod Ricard launched its 'double barrel' Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in Australia in July this year, priced at $25-a-bottle. After spending between 12 and 18 months in French and American oak hogsheads, the Cabernet and Sh ...

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    Russia to invest â¬250m in Crimean wine industry

    The Russian government plans to invest up to €250m in the expansion and growth of the Crimean wine industry to include a 60% increase in vineyard plantings. Massandra Vineyard, Crimea; credit: Auzine As part of state plans, by 2025, the total area covered by Crimean vineyards will have grown from 37,300ha to 100,000ha, with the industry expecting to generate at least 15% of ...

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    English winemakers hail 'exquisite' 2014 vintage

    English wine producers are hailing 2014 as a year to remember after a warm, dry September produced one of the earliest harvests in recent times. Gusbourne Estate's Butness Pinot Noir vines before harvest, credit: @gusbourne / Twitter Some vineyards faced a race against time to complete picking as heavy rain moved across the country earlier this week, but most say 2014 is a 'grea ...

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    Christie's set for largest auction of DWWA wines for Wateraid

    The record number of bottles entered into this year's DWWA will see more than 400 cases of wine auctioned by Christie's to raise money for the WaterAid charity. Decanter publishing director Sarah Kemp during a WaterAid visit to Zambia Due to the increase 2014 awards entries, Christie’s will this year split the auction into two parts offering bidders the chance to buy wine l ...

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