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Château La Coste partners with Berkmann

Published:  23 February, 2024

Château La Coste, the 200ha Provence wine estate, has teamed up with Berkmann Wine Cellars with the aim of increasing its distribution in the UK.


China launches anti-dumping investigation into brandy

Published:  08 January, 2024

China has launched an anti-dumping investigation into brandy imported from the European Union, chiefly France.


Profile: Les Grand Chais de France

Published:  16 November, 2023

France’s leading producer remains very much a family affair, bucking the notion that big is staid. Andrew Catchpole discovers more.


Rhône puts its best foot forward at Yapp

Published:  19 September, 2023

Quality on-trade focused supplier Yapp Brothers showed why the Rhône Valley continues to be one of the best-value regions of France, with a presentation in London yesterday (18 September), which spanned every day drinking wines to those from top estates.


Languedoc's changing tide in fortunes

Published:  17 March, 2023

The Languedoc AOP continues its journey to bridge the gap between entry level and top tier, premium wines, with a raft of eminently drinkable styles now finding favour with consumers from across its stable of reds, whites – and increasingly – rosés. Jo Gilbert reports from a fascinating roundtable session.


CGA report highlights changing customer attitudes to hospitality

Published:  01 March, 2023

Exclusive research conducted in partnership with CGA by NielsenIQ shows how the cost of living crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have fundamentally shifted the online customer journey for British, French and German consumers that visit pubs and restaurants.


Jump into the world of French wine at VIN

Published:  06 January, 2023

The UK trade is being invited to uncork some of France’s best kept secrets alongside enduring favourites at VIN, next month’s trade tasting event, which will bring together 50 producers and importers.


Headline heroes: Cellier des Dauphins leading the charge in organic wine

Published:  06 December, 2022

At the forefront of organic viticulture in France, Côte du Rhône’s Cellier des Dauphins is inspiring others to make the transition, as James Lawrence reports


Talking heads: Dynamic France

Published:  24 November, 2022

Jo Gilbert caught up with some of the UK’s leading French wine importers to ask the burning question: what is France doing well currently – and why?


Sud de France – register now

Published:  07 October, 2022

Registrations are now open for the Sud de France Top 100 Discovery tasting – Part II – where members of the trade are invited to meet producers and winemakers.


Early Rhône Valley harvest looks promising despite drought

Published:  26 August, 2022

France’s second-largest appellation, Rhône Valley AOC, began its 2022 harvest on Monday, 22 August, eight days earlier than last year.


Producer Q&A: Gabriel Asseily, Château Biac

Published:  25 August, 2022

Gabriel Asseily, co-owner and head of production at Château Biac, talks Andrew Catchpole through the challenges and triumphs of swapping a cosmopolitan life in London to head up a family-bought estate in Côtes de Bordeaux.


Sud de France pushed back to avoid rail strikes

Published:  17 June, 2022

Organisers of Sud de France have taken the decision to delay next week’s tasting due to ongoing travel disruption, with the event now being pushed back from June to July. 


Q&A: Thomas Lancray, Roche Mazet

Published:  22 February, 2022

As France’s leading wine brand launches into the UK, winemaker Thomas Lancray gives Andrew Catchpole the lowdown on this Gallic success story.


Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris to showcase emerging Italy

Published:  11 February, 2022

As the buzz surrounding Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022 continues to build, its organisers have unveiled an impressive line-up, including a significant Italian offering at the fair.


Taste of southern France at Socca

Published:  11 February, 2022



A climate Rubicon

Published:  28 January, 2022

Late frost wreaked havoc in the Loire, the ‘Garden of France’, in 2021. Jo Gilbert looks at how the region is looking to mitigate growing climate issues while keeping up momentum for its plethora of popular styles.


Q&A: Vanessa Cherruau, Château De Plaisance

Published:  06 January, 2022

Vanessa Cherruau, co-owner and winemaker at Château De Plaisance, picked an interesting time to take over 22ha of vineyards in Anjou’s prestigious Rochefort-sur-Loire region – home to the only Premier and Grand Cru in the Loire – in 2019, just before the pandemic and with a baby on the way. She speaks to Jo Gilbert about past and future, sweet and dry, and why being biodynamic isn’t ‘crazy’ at all.


France and Chile main beneficiaries of Australia-China dispute

Published:  23 November, 2021

The ongoing dispute between Australia and its longstanding trade partner is creating unprecedented opportunities for competing nations to increase their market share, according to Rabobank’s Q4 Wine Quarterly report.


South of France to open new somm school

Published:  03 November, 2021

The Roussillon region is to host what is described as a “unique training centre” for sommeliers, planned to open in September 2022.