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Burgundy faces smallest harvest since 1950s

Published:  24 October, 2012

Burgundy is facing up to its smallest harvest since the mid-1950s after the vineyards of the Côte d'Or suffered a mixture of frost, hail, mildew and poor flowering.


Oddbins blog: hunt for UK's top novice wine taster

Published:  19 October, 2012

A sustainability officer at Camden Council has been declared the UK's best amateur wine taster as winner of Oddbins' The Palate 2012 competition.


Win case of Absolutely Cracking French Wines

Published:  19 October, 2012

Harpers is offering one lucky reader a case of 12 wines, personally selected by the Harpers and IWC teams from a line-up of more than 150 at the Absolutely Cracking French Wines tasting, organised by Sopexa.


Jenny Mackenzie heads to Loire tasting with Les Caves de Pyrene

Published:  18 October, 2012

Les Caves de Pryene held a dedicated Loire tasting this week "to show the incredible diversity of the region and its vintage variation". It was also a timely reminder that the latest in its growing number of natural wine bars, the Green Man and French Horn in London's St Martin's Lane is dedicated to the food and wine of the Loire.


Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn

Published:  16 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn.


AdVini appoints UK trading director

Published:  26 September, 2012

France's third biggest wine group, AdVini, has appointed Phil Priest as its new UK trading director.


Beaujolais predicts low yields to match 2003 levels

Published:  13 September, 2012

Beaujolais is predicting a lower than average harvest for the 2012 vintage after repeated hail storms.


Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.


At Your Service events - August and September

Published:  08 August, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for August and September.


Chablis producers anticipate smaller harvest

Published:  03 August, 2012

Chablis producers are predicting the harvest could be down by around 20%, thanks to bad weather earlier in the growing season.


Geoffrey Dean: hits the spot in Languedoc-Roussillon

Published:  23 July, 2012

When La Revue de Vin de Fance, the esteemed French wine magazine, gave Foncalieu one of its coveted annual awards in Paris in January, the wine world sat up and took note. Les Vignobles Foncalieu, to give them their full name, was crowned French co-operative of the year, following in the footsteps of La Chablisienne in Chablis and Embres et Castelmaure in Corbieres. Twenty years after its formation as a union of co-operatives, the Languedoc-centred Foncalieu had won a most notable accolade.


Sancerre tops the appellation polls at Concours des Vins de Bourges

Published:  19 June, 2012

Sancerre leapt ahead as the top appellation at the ninth Concours des Vins de Bourges, winning a total of 12 gold medals.


Inter Beaujolais focuses on white Beaujolais at trade tasting

Published:  18 June, 2012

Inter Beaujolais will focus on white Beaujolais and older vintages at its trade and press tasting on June 26.


LIWF: Day Two, Live Blog

Published:  23 May, 2012

The events as they happen on day two of the London International Wine Fair at ExCel.


Jancis Robinson picks out lower alcohol, cooler climate and regional varieties as trends

Published:  21 May, 2012

Quality over quantity, celebrating wholesomeness, cutting down on oak and alcohol content, seeking out cooler climates and reintroducing regional varieties are just some of the trends in wine identified by Jancis Robinson MW.


Free Run launches its own French wine brand

Published:  18 May, 2012

Free Run Wines is launching its own French wine brand - Les Calades - to plug what it sees as a gap in the market.


Douglas Blyde: Behind the scenes in Istria, Croatia at the Piquentum Winery

Published:  01 May, 2012

A five-bolt lock pins the rust-coloured door to the hillside. Trees sprout above, just in leaf, their roots wrapping around, but unable to enter. Beneath, Dimitri Bre?evi?'s winery unravels, church-like in its proportions, verdegris mottling concrete walls and blood of Christ soundlessly maturing. Mightily built, this cavern was conceived as a water tank in 1928, converted for war shelter in the early 90s, and, just months ago, recognised as actually here by cartographers and authorities...


Oddbins matches London's mayoral candidates with wines

Published:  25 April, 2012

Oddbins, the 35-strong high street wine retailer, has selected seven wines that "sum up" each of the mayoral candidates.



Cracks show in en primeur with Latour's withdrawal

Published:  20 April, 2012

Despite assurances to the contrary, Château Latour's withdrawal from the en primeur system could be bad for business and threaten the traditional Bordeaux marketplace.



Les Vignobles de Foncalieu - coup for co-op

Published:  13 April, 2012

Southern French co-operative Les Vignobles de Foncalieu is witnessing a move to their own branded wines, above own label.