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Burgundy 2021: A car crash waiting to happen?

Published:  20 February, 2023

Low yields and high quality have caused prices for Burgundy vintage 2021 to soar. James Bayley assesses the outlook in an increasingly febrile market.


Blind Ambition Review – rags-to-riches story is important lesson for wine industry

Published:  19 August, 2022

Blind Ambition is a documentary film that follows the journeys of four Zimbabwean migrants who separately discover wine in South Africa before joining forces to compete at the World Blind Tasting Championships in Burgundy.


Liquid Icons announces recipients of 14 new scholarships

Published:  28 June, 2022

Liquid Icons, the fine wine research company founded by the late, great Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and his friend Lewis Chester DipWSET, have announced the recipients of The 2022 Dom Pérignon Golden Vines Master of Wine & Master Sommelier Scholarships, as well as the recipients of The 2022 Golden Vines Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships.


Outgoing WSET CEO Ian Harris bids farewell at annual graduation and awards ceremony

Published:  12 April, 2022

Last night the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) staged its annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London. Having held a virtual ceremony in 2021, WSET returned to the Guildhall with a hybrid event this year. It was WSET’s most inclusive graduation ceremony to date, with 70% of the year’s graduates from around the globe attending either virtually or in person.


Age as a thing of beauty

Published:  11 April, 2022

The concept of old vines has been a marketing tool for decades. From California to France and Spain, ‘vieilles vignes’ and other – unregulated – designations are a generally agreed-upon method of sending a message to the consumer. The message is usually about


Jancis Robinson turns spotlight on International Women's Day

Published:  08 March, 2021

Jancis Robinson has turned the spotlight on International Women’s Day with a trio of initiatives including two articles and a ‘Wine, women and Covid-19’ webinar.


Waking up to the whiteness of the trade

Published:  25 June, 2020

I was invited to write this blog following an email I sent Harper’s editor Andrew Catchpole expressing my disappointment over the magazine’s silence on race and diversity in the UK wine industry in light of the global Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd.


Jancis Robinson publishes major list of indie wine retailers delivering to self-isolators

Published:  19 March, 2020

Jancis Robinson MW has published a major list of independent wine retailers that are keeping lines of sales and delivery open amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.


Liberty Wines to distribute Jancis Robinson glassware

Published:  28 October, 2019

Liberty Wines has won exclusive UK trade rights to distribute Jancis Robinson MW’s glassware range.


Effects of climate change highlighted by new World Atlas of Wine

Published:  20 September, 2019

Climate change has transformed wine production globally, according to the latest edition of the World Atlas of Wine.


WSET reveals Outstanding Alumni Award nominees

Published:  31 October, 2018

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed the nominees for its outstanding Alumni Award.


Robinson to join Fattorini and sit in judgement on The Wine Show

Published:  24 November, 2017

Veteran wine critic Jancis Robinson is to make an appearance as a presenter in the second series of The Wine Show, which will be broadcast on ITV in January 2018.