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How a French wine scandal could scupper the rise of bulk

Published:  10 August, 2017

The news of the investigation into bulk wine negociant Raphael Michel has shaken the French and UK trades this week. Will this scandal affect bulk’s chances of emerging from bottled wine’s shadow? Jo Gilbert reports


Bulk wine giant under investigation for large-scale Rhône fraud

Published:  02 August, 2017

France’s biggest bulk wine merchant is currently under investigation for allegedly passing off 3 million cases of table wine as being from prestigious Rhône appellations over a period of three years.


CIVB launches new B2B wine app

Published:  01 August, 2017

Bordeaux oenophiles can now access all the latest news and training from the region via a new digital source.


Red Squirrel goes up against larger rivals with £12 in-house blend

Published:  26 July, 2017

Niche wine importer Red Squirrel has released a new range of £12 in-house blended wines through which they hope to compete with the grey squirrels of the wine world.


Burgundy’s Château de Pommard gets modern makeover

Published:  26 July, 2017

Historic Burgundy brand Château de Pommard has given itself a 21st century overhaul by updating its traditional Burgundian bottle design.


Harpers on tour: Champagne buyers trip 2017

Published:  25 July, 2017

Four wine buyers descended on Champagne last month and with their expertise ranging from a Michelin-starred restaurant to independent merchants to drinks distributors, the insight and expectations of Champagne were unique to each buyer. Starting with a trip to Épernay via Montagne de Reims and then south to the Aube, the visits were just as varied as the buyers. Jane Parkinson reports


Maison Louis Jadot Acquires Prieur-Brunet

Published:  24 July, 2017

Maison Louis Jadot has acquired Burgundian estate Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay for an undisclosed sum.  


Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Published:  14 July, 2017

By Jason Haynes, Burgundy Specialist at Flint Wines 


Q&A: Guillaume Deglise, chief executive, Vinexpo

Published:  29 June, 2017

Prior to the Bordeaux fair earlier this month, Guillaume Deglise spoke to Andrew Catchpole on the trends and developments shaping this year’s content 


Beyond Non-Vintage

Published:  23 June, 2017

Do consumers understand the full extent of Champagne’s diversity? Jo Gilbert investigates


Gallic Appeal

Published:  22 June, 2017

France is edging its way back into the limelight as a source of adventurous, engaging and innovative wines. Andrew Catchpole reports


Vinexpo partners with Alibaba in China and reboots NYC event

Published:  20 June, 2017

Vinexpo has announced an agreement with leading Chinese online platform Alibaba to promote recognition of the exhibition brand in China and deliver a partnership with its annual 9 September wine fair.


TWE aims to subvert French conventions by following “New World sourcing model”

Published:  19 June, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is threatening to challenge the French status quo with the launch of its newest brand.


Gruppo Campari exits still wine

Published:  13 June, 2017

Gruppo Campari has sold Loire Valley producer Château de Sancerre, and with it, exits from the business of selling still wine.


Rémy Martin goes virtual

Published:  12 June, 2017

Rémy Martin is the latest brand to hop on board the virtual reality train to explore new ways of engaging with customers.


Loire project promises ‘thousands of possibilities’ for Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  09 June, 2017

A long-term research and development project undertaken by Central Loire Valley Wines (BIVC) aimed at improving both the quality and variety of Sauvignon Blanc is close to fruition.


Famille Helfrich to release first Margaux vintage

Published:  09 June, 2017

Famille Helfrich is to release the first vintage from its Margaux property - Château La Fortune.


Bordeaux 2016 en primeur

Published:  31 May, 2017

Insights_bordeaux.pdfOur resident Bordeaux correspondent and producer Gavin Quinney gives the low-down on the highs of a fine year


Champagne Jayne victorious against Champagne authority

Published:  26 May, 2017

Wine writer and educator Jayne Powell has won a protracted five-year legal battle to use the moniker “Champagne Jayne” as her official trademark.


Guy Woodward: A love letter to Bordeaux. No, really…

Published:  15 May, 2017

“Ahh, so you’re the one who hates Bordeaux…” said the late, great Denis Dubourdieu when we were introduced. Bordeaux’s pre-eminent authority on white wines, Dubourdieu was a man used to having his reputation precede him. Me? Less so. As I told the master winemaker, though, I don’t hate Bordeaux. We were drinking white Haut-Brion at the time, after all. But, as I also told him – and put into print as often as I could get away with at Decanter – I do hate its arrogance, its prices, and the nauseating esteem in which it is held by those old enough to know better.