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  • Nervous wait for vineyards as frost hits Barossa again

    Frost enveloped young buds in Barossa's vineyards this week, almost a year to the day since heavy frosts caused serious damage to vines in the region. Several Barossa winemakers have been anxiously checking their vines for frost damage after a cold spell hit the region overnight on Monday.It follows a spate of unsettled weather in parts of South Australia.

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  • Global wine production set to drop by up to 4% in 2014, report warns

    Global wine production is expected to fall by as much as 4% in 2014, despite a rebound in France following last year’s small crop, says a new report from Rabobank. Chile, Italy, Argentina and Australia are all expected to record significant production declines, while harvests in the US and Spain will almost certainly diminish after bumper crops in 2013.

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  • Bordeaux launches ad campaign to stem fall in exports

    Bordeaux wine officials hope that a new international advertising campaign will help the region to stem falling exports to its key markets. Bordeaux’s regional wine body, the CIVB, said this week that it would promote the area’s wines simultaneously in the most important export markets.Exports of Bordeaux from August 2013 to August 2014 fell by 8% in volume and 18% in value, new figures show.

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  • Tesco wine chief asked to 'step aside' amid investigation, say reports

    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 overstatement, according to media reports. Tesco declined to name the individuals concerned, but media sources including the Daily Telegraph yesterday named them as Dan Jago, global head of wine, beer and spirits; William L ...

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  • D'Arenberg to build giant 'Rubik's cube' visitor centre

    Australia's d'Arenberg winery is planning to build a AUS$11m, multi-storey tasting room and restaurant complex in the heart of its vineyards, modelled on the design of a Rubik's cube. d'Arenberg's plans include a multi-storey tasting roomD'Arenberg winemaker Chester Osborn told Decanter.com this week that he hopes to begin building the futuristic, cube-shaped facility in spring next year.

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  • Bulgarian wine to see surge of foreign investment

    Up to 11 new wineries will be established in Bulgaria by foreign investors over the new few years the country's official agency on winegrowing and winemaking has revealed. Vineyard near Biberna peak, near Kableshkovo, credit: Uroboros According to Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Bulgarian State Agency on Winegrowing and Winemaking (BSAWW), the proposed new wineries ...

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  • Champagne 2014: Organic growers survive tense summer

    Organic growers in Champagne believe they have 'proven themselves' in 2014 after a wet August increased tension with their non-organic counterparts over the use of sprays. The 2014 harvest at Louis Roederer (Image: @Louis_Roederer_) In the year that the Comite Champagne approved a new environmental directive, many growers are understood to have pushed the legally allowed sp ...

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  • Bordeaux 2014: Rain hits end of the harvest

    Sudden and heavy rainfall across Bordeaux is forcing winemakers who have not yet harvested their reds to speed up picking or risk waiting longer for conditions to clear. After the driest September in Bordeaux for 60 years, the return of the rain after a wet August is affecting picking schedules across the region, and is thought to mainly affect this year’s Cabernet Sauvignon ...

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  • Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

    Chicago's Hart Davis Hart will hold its first Bordeaux-only auction at the end of this month, in what could prove a key test for signs of improved buyer confidence in 2014. 97 lots of Petrus 1982 are being auctioned Hart Davis Hart (HDH) said it expected to sell up to $5.5m of top Bordeaux wines from around 100 chateaux at the auction, to be held over 31 October and 1 November.

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  • Concerns rise as grape-rotting fly found in Bordeaux vineyards

    There is rising concern in Bordeaux about an Asian fruit fly that causes sour rot in vineyards, although it is not expected to significantly impact the 2014 harvest. The fly, known as Drosophila suzukii (pictured), was first spotted in France in 2010 and has this year, for the first time, been found in Sauternes and on Bordeaux’s right bank.

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  • Sotheby's claims auction record with DRC 'super lot'

    Sotheby's has sold a 114-bottle 'super lot' of DRC Romanee-Conti wines for more than US$1.5m in Hong Kong, reinforcing collectors' thirst for top Burgundy and setting a new auction record. The cache of wines, including six bottles from each vintage between 1992 and 2010 inclusive, was sold in Hong Kong to an unnamed Asia-based collector for HK$12.56m (US$1.6m) at the weekend.

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  • UK health body backs drug that stops you drinking

    A new drug that suppresses people's desire to drink too much wine has been backed by the UK body responsible for approving new medicines and health treatments. Doctors in the UK are set to be given the green light to prescribe the drug, named Nalmefene, to patients who drink high amounts of alcohol.

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  • Young Sommelier of the Year 2014 winner announced

    Pier-Alexis Souliere, most recently of Est. restaurant in Sydney, Australia, has won the 2014 Young Sommelier of the Year award. Souliere (pictured), originally from Quebec but who represented Australia, beat off tough competition from 15 finalists to take this year’s award, said the prize sponsor, Chaine des Rotisseurs. The final was held in Copenhagen.

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