Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    Summer rain has left winemakers across northern Italy facing difficult conditions for the 2014 harvest, but while many still remain optimistic there are higher hopes further south in the country. Peter McCombie MW hosts a Chianti Classico tasting at Decanter's Simply Italian - Great Wines even in London.

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    Louis Roederer Wine Writers' Awards 2014 winners revealed

    The winners of the 2014 Roederer Wine Writers' Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London, with Decanter columnist Jon Bonne among those claiming prizes. Winners of the 2014 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. Jon Bonne is fifth from left.

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    Italian police uncover Brunello di Montalcino scam

    Italian police have seized enough fake Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines to fill more than 200,000 bottles as part of a probe into an elaborate fraud operation, according to officials. A video-still image of Italian police investigating the source of thousands of litres of fake Brunello di Montalcino.

    9 readers - By Decanter

    Tuscany winemakers to protest after report warns vineyards may harm environment

    Producers of some of Italy's most famous wines, including Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, have been angered by an official report that warns vineyards are a potential threat to biodiversity. The vineyard landscape around Montalcino in Tuscany. Click on the following two images to compare aerial photos of Poggio San Polo vineyard land in 2013 and in 1954, prior to cultivation.

    6 readers - By Decanter

    English winery Chapel Down seeks £4m from crowdfunding

    English winemaker Chapel Down is aiming raise up to £4m via crowdfunding to expand its vineyard holdings and prepare for a coming consolidation period in the English wine sector. Chapel Down has launched the fundraising project via crowdsourcing website Seedrs.

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    New Masters of Wine hail 'dream come true'

    A further six students, including four women, have made it through the notoriously gruelling Master of Wine exams to earn their place in the wine world's elite club. The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW), has announced its newest members as Anne Krebiehl, Nastasha Hughes, Robin Kick, Louise Sydbeck, Rob MacCulloch and Nicholas Paris. There are now 319 MWs globally.

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    Ausone owner buys St Emilion's Chateau La Clotte

    Chateau La Clotte, the Saint Emilion grand cru classe estate, has been sold to Alain Vauthier of Chateau Ausone through the Vauthier family's company, Maziere. Chateau La Clotte vineyards have been bought by the Vauthier family.

    6 readers - By Decanter

    Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction smashes record

    The annual Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction has raised $4m, close to three times more than the event's previous record of $1.4m set in 2013. Bidders were in generous mood at this year's Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. (Image: Christopher Sawyer @SawyerSommelier A sell-out audience of 700 attendees, some of whom came from as far afield as Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and Oklahoma, bid on 38 lots.

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    Bordeaux 2014: Cautious optimism as whites harvest begins

    The first producers of Bordeaux dry white wines have begun this year's harvest in optimistic mood, despite concerns over slow ripening in August. Chateau Carbonnieux, the classified Pessac Leognan estate that is traditionally among the earliest to harvest in Bordeaux, deployed 70 pickers to bring in its first Sauvignon Blanc grapes on Wednesday (3 September).

    7 readers - By Decanter

    Legendary wine consultant Jacques Boissenot dies

    One of the Medoc's most celebrated wine consultants, Jacques Boissenot, has died aged 75. Jacques Boissenot; named Decanter's Winemaker of the Decade in 2010 Boissenot was one of the most prolific wine consultants of the late 20th century, working with almost 200 properties on the Left Bank of Bordeaux over the last 45 years.

    4 readers - By Decanter

    Napa quake winery damage nears $50m

    California's biggest earthquake for 25 years caused close to $50m of damage at wineries and farms in Napa, according to an initial estimate that experts believe is still set to rise. Damage to barrel storage room at Oak Knoll in Napa County.

    7 readers - By Decanter

    Sotheby's aims for auction record with DRC 'super lot'

    Sotheby's hopes to break its auction record by selling a single lot of 114 bottles of DRC Romanee-Conti wines in a Burgundy-dominated auction in Hong Kong. DRC wines will headline Sotheby's' upcoming auction in New York Sotheby’s expects the so-called ‘super lot’, including six bottles from the 1992 to 2010 vintages inclusive, to fetch up to HK$20m (US$2.5m) at the sale on 4 October.

    7 readers - By Decanter

    Obituary: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

    Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who has died aged 80 in Paris, pursued a successful acting career before launching herself into the family wine business in a move that would maker her one of the wine world's most renowned figures. The funeral cortege of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

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