Tesco to trial customer tasting notes

    Tesco is to offer members of its online wine community the chance to devise tasting notes for 100 of the retailer's wines, in an effort to make its wine range more approachable. Tesco plans to hold a tasting of its Finest range later this month.

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    Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates considering new takeover bid

    The owner of Penfolds and Wolf Blass wines, Treasury Wine Estates, has given the strongest signal yet that it is considering selling its business, after receiving a higher bid from private equity group KKR. Treasury said today (4 August) that it plans to open its financial accounts to allow the private equity team to conduct due diligence on its business.

    18 readers - By Decanter

    Burgundy negociant Bejot Vins buys rival Corton Andre

    Burgundy negociant Bejot Vins & Terroirs has significantly increased its power in the region after buying rival Maison Corton Andre. Chateau de Corton Andre, which could be sold on to Jean-Jacques Frey. Photo credit: Corton Andre A fee was not disclosed, but Bejot Vins & Terroirs’ chief executive, Vincent Sauvestre, said the sale was worth ‘tens of millions of euros’.

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    Central London winery denied vintages and grape names on labels

    Officials have told Central London winery London Cru that it isn't allowed to print grape names or vintage years on its wines. Grapes arriving at London Cru last autumnLondon Cru is set to launch four single varietal wines - Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera - with grapes sourced from the 2013 vintage from wineries in southern France and Italy.

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    Domaine Faiveley buys top Chablis producer Billaud-Simon

    Domaine Faiveley has acquired one of the best-known names in Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon, marking the family-owned producer's second big purchase in the space of 12 months. Billaud-Simon has around 20 hectares of vineyards in some of the best terroirs in Chablis, Faiveley said, without disclosing a fee for the deal.

    24 readers - By Decanter

    Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest

    Many winemakers in California believe the state's drought will not drastically affect this year's harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop. Harvest begins at Mumm Napa. Photo credit: Mumm Napa / Napa Valley VintnersNapa Valley Vintners said sparkling wine producers in its area were set to begin harvesting this week.

    19 readers - By Decanter

    Chile winemakers revive fortunes of 'forgotten' Pais grape

    Some of Chile's biggest wine producers are working to revive the Pais grape that arrived in the country with Spanish colonisers but has since lost favour to more modern international varieties. Pais grapes could help Chile stand out in the wine world. Photo credit: Wines of Chile There are around 7,250 hectares of Pais planted in Chile, mostly in the country's Maule and Bio Bio Valley regions.

    17 readers - By Decanter

    Cape Mentelle winemaker moves to Napa on quality mission

    Cape Mentelle winemaker Rob Mann has left Australia to become director at Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley as owner LVMH seeks to improve quality at the Californian estate. The move comes only a few months after Mann disgruntled some Margaret River winemakers by threatening legal action over the usage of the Wallcliffe name on their labels.

    14 readers - By Decanter

    France set to tighten law on vineyard pesticide spraying

    France's Senate has backed tougher rules on pesticide spraying following concerns about residues drifting into nearby villages from vineyards, but the house rejected campaigners' calls for mandatory pesticide-free zones.

    16 readers - By Decanter

    Penfolds owner offers cut-price fridges to shift stock

    The owner of Penfolds, under-pressure Treasury Wine Estates, has been seeking to clear space for the new vintage of the brand's luxury wines by offering a promotion on existing stocks. Treasury has this month been offering a cut-price Vintec wine fridge to consumers who buy one six-bottle case of its Penfolds luxury and icon wines.

    19 readers - By Decanter

    Lidl targets middle class with Bordeaux Grand Cru push

    Lidl will offer around 50 different French wines across its UK stores this autumn, which it hopes will kick off a longer-term strategy to offer regular sales from premium producers. Lidl and its main discounter rival, Aldi, have been stealing market share in the UK's food retail market for several months as canny shoppers seek deals, according to analysts.

    14 readers - By Decanter

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